M.F.A in Fiction Writing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.F.A in Creative Writing, Arkansas Tech University
North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction Writing, 2011
Southern Humanites Review Editor's Prize, Winter 2010
Thomas H. Carter prize in nonfiction, 2006, Shenandoah Literary Journal
Rhino Editor's Prize, 2003
Fred Chappell Fellowship, UNC-Greensboro, 2001-2002
Text, Mind and World: An Introduction to Literary Criticism, With Rosemary Haskell and Richard Lee. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2007.
Best American Essays 2005, and 2011 (Notable essays in 2007 and 2008)
North American Review: 2001, 2006, 2011
Southern Humanities Review: 2004, 2010
Other stories, essays, and poems in Shenandoah, Connecticut Review, Southwest Review, Southeast Review, Tampa Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Clackamas Literary Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, South Dakota Review, Evansville Review, and Sycamore Review.