Driving at Night in October
Grand Prize in Poetry, 2018
Crosswinds Poetry Journal
Judge: Lloyd Schwartz, Pulitzer winner in Criticism

“This touching, understated, elegant poem seems perfect – not a note, not a syllable out of place. Yet consistently surprising – and believable – at every turn. Is it a nature poem? A city poem? A poem about a relationship? Yes to all of the above. Elizabeth Bishop said her favorite poems combine “accuracy, spontaneity, mystery.”  “Driving at Night in October has all three of those qualities.”  Lloyd Schwartz

The Sages of West 47th Street
StoryQuarterly, 2016 First Runner-up in the Nonfiction Prize category.
Judge: Meghan Daum

Path of the Ground Birds
Tupelo Quarterly
 Prose Open Prize, 2016
Judge: Adam Johnson, Pulitzer winner in Fiction

“The story ‘Path of the Ground Birds’ quietly meditates upon the efficacy of intervening in the dark course of human events,” writes Adam Johnson, our prose judge. “Here, notes of hope, futility and yearnings deferred echo like the songs of endangered warblers as a surgeon and his naturalist wife ponder whether their best efforts at improving the world are good enough.”

A Summoning of Gifts to Wet Ankles
First Place Short Short Fiction
New Millennium Writings, 2013

“Your series of vignettes and lyrical language capture truths as universal as our urge to return to the sea.” — Alexis Williams Carr, Editor and Publisher, New Millennium Writings

Wood Swivel Chairs
Second Place Essay
Literal Latte, 2014

“Your writing speaks directly and eloquently to the mystery of the various approaches we humans take to tell our stories, each of us working in our own way as best we can with tools ‘as dull as the edge of night’ to discover for ourselves what Robert Boswell calls ‘the half – known world.'” — Laura Geringer (Author of Sign of the Qin)


Short-Listed in Stories That Need to Be Told, 2017 (non-fiction)
Tulip Tree Publishing, LLC.

Eulogy With Paper Lamps
Finalist: 2017 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest
Cutthroat (to be published Spring 2018)

Hands Across a Hickory Table: A Chapbook (seeking publication)
Finalist: 2017 Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest
The Comstock Review

The Hands of Maria Ortega: Finalist in Fiction: Tahoma Literary Review, 2016

Path of the Ground Birds
Honorable Mention: Glimmer Train
December 2014, Fiction Open

Strangers on a Cliff
Honorable Mention: The Able Muse Write Prize, 2015
Judge: Eugenia Kim

“The language and tone of this story is captivating, and is often as breathtaking as are the vivid descriptions of this setting. The writing risks shifting points of view, and elevates a travelers encounter from the expected to something significant by exposing between the two how much we assume when so little could possibly be known.” — Eugenia Kim (Author of The Calligrapher’s Daughter)