I grew up in Kingston, Tennessee, about thirty miles west of Knoxville, where I earned my bachelor's in journalism from the University of Tennessee in 2007. Then I set out for New York City to become a famous writer. Instead, I became a decent editor, ultimately landing in Bristol, Connecticut, where I rose to senior editor for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com.
In January 2016, at thirty, I left ESPN and returned to Knoxville to become an Existential Mess. To help pay the bills, I drove for Uber and Lyft and put my MFA from Fairfield University to use writing short stories. My fiction has appeared in Noctua Review, Washington Square Review, and Barely South Review, among other places, while my nonfiction has appeared in such publications as ESPN The Magazine, The Bitter Southerner, and Readers’s Digest.
I am now a PhD student in creative writing at Georgia State University, where I also teach English composition and intro to fiction writing. I’m still driving for Uber and Lyft in Atlanta. Thanks for reading.