Who I Am

I’m a Mainer and the author of four books including my new novel Elsey Come Home. My memoir The Foremost Good Fortune, was the first book I published and it was an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick, an Entertainment Weekly Memoir to Read, and the winner of the Maine Literary Award for Memoir. My novel Paris Was the Place came out after the memoir and it was a People Magazine Top Pick, a Slate Magazine Summer Read, and an Elle Magazine Readers Prize Selection. My third book was a whole other animal: a photography collaboration called Stop Here This is the Place, which was a Real Simple Magazine Must Read and also won the Maine Literary Award for Publishing Excellence.

My writing has appeared in other places like The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Harvard Review, The North American Review, The New England Review, Ploughshares, and other magazines. I’ve been fortunate to receive fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. I grew up in Maine and loved living in Vermont, California, Boston and China before I moved back to Portland, Maine, where I live now. I’m on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine and I’m the co-founder of the Telling Room, a creative writing lab for kids in Portland.