Mellon Assistant Professor of English
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. I'm a contributing writer for Harper's Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Rolling Stone, all publications in which such work can be found, and a founding editor of an online literary magazine called Killing the Buddha. Here at Dartmouth, I'm publisher of an online magazine of literary journalism, 40 Towns. As a writer and an editor, I look for ways to work with other people. That's why I love teaching: every class is a collaboration.
Radiant Truths (Yale University Press, 2014)
"Inside the Iron Closet," GQ (2014)
"Voice and Hammer," Virginia Quarterly Review (2013)
"The Blazing Facts," Harper's Magazine (2013)
Sweet Heaven When I Die, (W.W. Norton, 2011)
C Street, (Little, Brown, 2010)
The Family (Harper, 2008)
Killing the Buddha, with P Manseau (Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2004)
Believer, Beware, edited with P Manseau (Beacon Press, 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
Hammer Songs , essays about the political histories of popular songs, to be published by Basic Books; Jeff Sharlet Dies , a narrative nonfiction story of the underground Vietnam GI resistance movement.