About

I write about Deep South politics and culture, particularly looking out for how big truths pulse in individual life stories. Privilege, race, women, French and food are all topics I think about. I like to identify the currents submerged beneath a subject, including the way the South’s past inevitably permeates its present. Bonus points for wry humor, even when it’s bittersweet. It often is.

My essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Oxford American, storySouth, New Madrid and Southern Women's Review and on Mississippi public radio, where I was also a reporter.

My documentary Eyes on Mississippi, a 56-minute film on the career of iconic civil-rights journalist Bill Minor, is being screened at universities and other venues around the country.

As a print journalist, I’ve worked for the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Reuters, the Associated Press, the Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald and the Capitol Reporter, to say nothing of The Catfish Journal.

Based on my New York Times essay “The Divorcée’s French Class” I’m finishing a book of narrative nonfiction about teaching French at my dining-room table in Jackson, Mississippi.

I teach creative nonfiction in the Millsaps College community-enrichment program and in other community workshops, including Rowan Writes, a girls’ writing club at Jackson’s Rowan Middle School. I’m an MFA graduate of Bennington College.