Tension and Home Place: The Choice to Leave or to Stay

Donnie Rosie Pennsylvania Sheep Countryside

So often in movies, in TV, in novels, in the stories of ordinary people, the choice between the big city and small town, or suburbia and a tight-knit village, or a life of adventure and a life of contentment, is a clear-cut, obvious choice. It is a simple binary, an easy moral decision. The flavor that the individual story may take is different, but the message is the same: you can't have both options; you must pick one.

Success: The Story of an Unnamed Young Woman Who Sold Her Soul to the Devil

This short story was recently published in the pandemic-themed Volume 4 of SHIFT, a publication of MTSU Write. Thank you SHIFT for including this story! It was one of my favorites to work on, and I'm delighted to share it here for the first time. Enjoy! Success It happened in October of 2020. Of course… Continue reading Success: The Story of an Unnamed Young Woman Who Sold Her Soul to the Devil


This flash fiction piece originally appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of :Lexicon, the literary magazine of the English Department at Duquesne University. Enjoy! Sunbathing You go to the Schenley Park Overlook, a wide grassy plain surrounded by trees, with a little dip of a hill in the middle. From here you can see the… Continue reading Sunbathing

Mount Royal Boulevard, 1966

This poem originally appeared in the journal In Parentheses Vol. 7, Issue 2, Fall 2021. Mount Royal Boulevard, 1966 I will not take Mount Royal Boulevard.Not since April third,the rainy night at the tight curvehalfway down the road,when the tires shrieked,and the maple treecracked in halffrom the forceof the red Ford Mustang.The glass on the… Continue reading Mount Royal Boulevard, 1966

News: Book Cover Reveal!

My upcoming novel, And It All Came Tumbling Down, has a cover! When I first saw this image by local photographer Greg Clary, I was captivated. The picture brings to mind themes of post-industrialism, the pull of the past and the lure of the future, ideas of escape and moving on. The remoteness of nature,… Continue reading News: Book Cover Reveal!

(Long Overdue) News: Debut Novel Publication!

It's high time for me to announce some belated good news here! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, or if you've looked around the site, you probably know, but if not, here it is: My first novel is getting published! Over the past few weeks. I've been working with the lovely folks at… Continue reading (Long Overdue) News: Debut Novel Publication!