I grew up in Tacoma, got a PhD in American literature from Princeton, and attended divinity school and taught writing at Yale. I'm now an assistant professor of creative nonfiction at Queens College, CUNY.

My essays, reviews, op-eds, profiles, listicles, and sermons have appeared in AvidlyBeliefnetBlack Business Now, The Chronicle of Higher EducationColumbia Journal, The ConversationCrosscurrentsDocument JournalHuffPostKilling the BuddhaLongreads, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, The New RepublicNewsweekNew York Magazine/The CutNot Coming to a Theater Near YouThe Paris Review, Religion & PoliticsSacred Matters, The Seattle Star, The StrangerTake Part, and Talking Points Memo.

My first book, Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions (Bloomsbury, 2019), is a collection of essays on love and friendship.