Professional Service

  • University of Denver. Promotion Review. 06/01/2019 - present
  • Arizona State University. Tenure & Promotion Review. 06/2016 - 11/01/2016

Internal Service

  • Outreach Committee. 08/2014 - 05/2015. Department service.
  • Fiction Search Committee. Chair, 09/2011 - 04/2012. Department service.
  • Quarterly West. Faculty Mentor, 08/2011 - 11/2013. Department service.

Outreach

  • Discussion of my story, “Bounding for Birds: Mathematics,” with University Reading Group, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2016. 11/2016 - 11/09/2016
  • Skype Conversation with Graduate Seminar & Lecture about Experimental Pedagogy in the Creative Writing Classroom, Ohio University, Oxford, Ohio, March 2016. 03/2016 - 03/03/2016
  • Fiction Reading, The Alta Club, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2014. 01/2015 - 01/2015
  • Fiction Reading & Talk on Innovative Writing Practices, Lake Effect Writers Conference, Copper Hills High School, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2014. 10/2014 - 10/15/2014

Honors & Awards

  • Judge, Dzanc Prize in Fiction. Dzanc Books, 12/2020
  • Sabbatical, fall 2020. University of Utah, 02/2020
  • Second N.E.A. Fellowship. National Endowment for the Arts, 01/2020
  • Artist-in-Berlin Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (D.A.A.D.), Berlin, Germany, 2015-16. International, highly competitive, residential award for artists of all countries. I'm the first American writers chosen since 1999. Past recipients have included, among others, Ingeborg Bachmann (1963), Peter Handke (1968), Stanislaw Lem (1977), Margaret Atwood (1984), Carlos Fuentes (1988) Susan Sontag (1989), Harold Brodkey (1992), Jeffery Eugenides (1999), Svetlana Alexievich (2011), Igor Stravinsky (1964), Morton Feldman (1971), John Cage (1972), Jim Jarmusch (1987), Alina Rudnizkaia (2011), Sebastián Lelio (2012) and Xiaolu Guo (2012). Artists-in-Berlin Guest, 01/01/2015
  • I both delivered lectures/reading at Rhodes and in Grahamstown & helped design & institute the first MA in innovative writing practices on the continent. Mellon International Visiting Senior Scholar, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, 10/2013
  • Mary Ellen van der Heyden Berlin Prize in Fiction Fellowship. Enabled me to finish my novel Theories of Forgetting, deeply influenced in both form and content by Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty; the novel will appear in 2014. Also enabled me to write [[ there. ]], a critifictional meditation on the confluence of travel, curiosity, & innovative writing practices. American Academy in Berlin, 01/2013
  • Enabled me to finish my novel Theories of Forgetting, deeply influenced in both form and content by Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty; the novel will appear in 2014. While I received the Guggenheim 04/2012, I used it in the spring of 2013. John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 01/2013
  • Fellowship. Tanner Humanities Center, 01/2011
  • Fellowship. National Endowment for the Arts, 01/2006
  • Pioneer Award. Science Fiction Research Association, 01/2003
  • University of Turku and Abo Academy. Fulbright, 01/2000
  • Prize. Pushcart, 01/1998
  • Idaho Writer-in-Residence. Idaho Commission for the Arts, 01/1996

In the Media

  • Many interviews and reviews about my novel My Red Heaven, both in print and on podcasts, throughout U.S. 01/2020.
  • Many interviews throughout 2017 about both the release of my new novel, Dreamlives of Debris, and Andi Olsen's and my collaborative multimodal installation, There's No Place Like Time, both in the U.S. and Germany. 01/2017.
  • Interview on NPR Berlin. 06/2013. http://www.americanacademy.de/home/media/audio/ber...