Here are my stats:
I write. I work a full-time job at a giant healthcare corporation. I am earning a degree in Web technology.
Music makes things suck waaaay less. I’m a sucker for ’70s singer-songwriters. My fave drummers are Jeff Porcaro, Russ Kunkel, Andy Newmark, and Chris Tomson. My fave singers are Radney Foster, Michael McDonald, David Pack, J.D. Souther, Lindsey Buckingham, Leona Naess, Leslie Feist, Carly Simon, and Ann Wilson. My fave bands are Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, Supertramp, Ambrosia, America, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, and Here Come the Mummies.
There are certain writers who tickle my heart. They are: James Joyce, Thomas Pynchon, Richard Yates, Vladimir Nabokov, Lorrie Moore, Stuart Dybek, Mary Robison, Raymond Carver, James Salter, Michael Chabon, Hélène Cixous, Judith Butler, Susan Faludi, and Barbara Ehrenreich.
I’m Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Atticus Review, a weekly online literary journal based in Washington, DC, and my short stories have appeared in Necessary Fiction, JMWW, Women Writers: A Zine, FRiGG, The Northville Review, Emprise Review, BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), the Melville House Publishing blog, and other places.
I earned my Master of Arts in English at Belmont University, where I won the 2007 Department of English Graduate Writing Award for a conference-length post-structuralist feminist critical analysis of the feminine textual body in Toni Morrison’s Beloved. My thesis was a memoir of my birth experience with the midwives at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee, which served as a response to “The Laugh of the Medusa,” in which Hélène Cixous implored women to “write the body.”
My day job allows me to explore other non-literary interests: business analysis, innovative organizational leadership, and project management. I read more business books than literary fiction books, and—true to my Aquarian nature—am committed to cultivating a more humanistic corporate culture model marked by broad visionary thought, strengths-based management, personal introspection, creative solutions to difficult problems, positive psychology, common sense, fun, humor, and respect for and encouragement of individual personalities and work styles. My past studies in neuro-linguistic programming and astrological timing (yes, really) inform this work and spice it up a little.
I’m married to the writer and creative writing professor John Minichillo, and together we have a kind, brilliant, hilarious five-year-old son. We live with two pugs and a Boston terrier in a West End homestead in Nashville, Tennessee, where—believe it or not—the pulse of the literary scene is beginning to quicken. I mean, Vanderbilt lured Lorrie Moore here, so we’ve pretty much already hit the jackpot.
On my dance card in 2014: becoming certified as a family herbalist, getting a private pilot license, and finishing my satirical novel.