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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 BuddhaLos Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, The New RepublicNewsweekNew York Magazine/The CutNot Coming to a Theater Near YouReligion & PoliticsSacred Matters, The Seattle Star, The StrangerTake Part, and Talking Points Memo.

My book of essays on love and friendship, Hard to Love, is coming out from Bloomsbury in February 2019.