My Story in Outside Magazine: The Snake That Ate the Everglades

Earlier this year, I followed some python hunters into the Florida Everglades. I had a lot of stereotypes in mind. I thought they would be rougher people, but in the days I was down there, I came to realize that none of them were who I expected. To my surprise, the python hunters were conservationists,…

Interview with Julia Alvarez About Her Novel, Afterlife

Earlier this month, I interviewed Julia Alvarez about her latest novel, Afterlife, for Goodreads. You can read the beginning below or launch into the full interview on the Goodreads blog here. Read more of my writing on books by clicking here. In a year that seems to present new challenges for us at every turn, Julia…

The World’s Smartphones Are Filled With Gold. That’s a Problem.

Check out the cool illustration for my latest story, a deep dive on gold in tech for One Zero. Do you know where the gold in your iPhone comes from? Turns out, answering that question isn’t easy. In tech industry gold mining, scary environmental and humanitarian violations often go unseen. Read more at OneZero.

My Story for National Geographic: Pandemic Dreams

Are you having strange dreams? If you are, you’re not alone. In my first story for National Geographic, I wrote about the neuroscience and psychology of pandemic dreams. I talked to researchers from around the world who are studying quarantined dreamers. Their research shows that the pandemic is causing an increase in vivid dreams, and dreamers…

Big changes ahead!

I have some big news on the horizon, including some major publications and big-deal deals. Stay tuned for more info, and subscribe to my free newsletter to get the updates as they come.

My First Six Months as a Freelance Writer: A Look Back

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but all of my life, people told me it wasn’t a feasible career. Man, I love proving people wrong. Six months ago, I came home from my last MFA session in Brazil and quit my job. Plenty of people said I shouldn’t do it, but I think it’s…

Epistolary Novels Perfect to Read on National Letter Writing Day

December 7th is National Letter Writing Day, which reminds me of the good old days of slow, laid-back communication. With the internet, telephones, and video chats available to us now, we generally don’t reach for pen and paper to communicate with our friends and loved ones. But maybe it’s time to bring back that sense…

My Top 10 Favorite Novels

I’ve been a bit remiss in blogging lately. That’s because I’ve been doing a lot of writing. I have a feature coming out (possibly today), and my interview with Anne Lamott (yes, the Anne Lamott) is going to be published with Electric Literature on November 1st. I’m still editing my own damn novel. The biggest problem…

What a Week! Plus Book Recommendations for Mid-September

I meant to run this update last week, but I ended up being so busy that time got away from me. In the last week and a half, I’ve had several things published. One of them is my essay in the fall issue of Tin House! View this post on Instagram Check out my essay…