Mellon Assistant Professor of EnglishContributing Editor, Harper's MagazineContributing Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review
I teach and write in a mutant genre encompassing creative nonfiction, the lyric essay, and literary journalism—factual stories told with the techniques of fiction, poetry, and visual mediums. The questions in which I’ve been most interested are about religion, radicalism, the "fringe," and the center it reveals.
"Voice and Hammer," Virginia Quarterly Review, (2013)
"The Blazing Facts," Harper's Magazine, (2013)
Sweet Heaven When I Die, (2011)
C Street, (2010)
The Family, (2008)
Killing the Buddha, with P Manseau (2004)
Believer, Beware, edited with P Manseau, (2009)
“Straight Man’s Burden,” Harper’s Magazine, (2010)
“The Martyrdom of Brad Will,” Rolling Stone, (2008)
University of Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, April 3, 2014
Panelist, 2014 Associated Writing Programs Conference, "Like a Novel: Creative Nonfiction and the Question of Characters"
Panelist, 2014 Associated Writing Programs Conference, "Doubt is My Revelation: Literary Journalists on Religion"
Panelist, 2013 American Academy of Religion Conference, "Making (the Study of) Religion Online: New Media and the Study of Religion"
Works in progress
The Hammer Song , a narrative nonfiction story of music and radicalism during the Cold War, to be published by Basic Books; Radiant Truths , an anthology of creative nonfiction about religion to be published by Yale University Press; Jeff Sharlet Dies , a narrative nonfiction story of the underground Vietnam GI resistance movement.