2020 CLMP Book Award for Fiction



2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Short Story Collection


Acre Books (University of Cincinnati) Editor:  Nicola Mason.  

Cover art:  Monica Canilou.  Design:  Barbara Bourgoyne

Words and Words and Words: 

My X-Ray Life, Suisun Valley Review, (May 2023), short fiction

Inheritance, Pithead Chapel, (January 2023), short fiction, *finalist for the Larry Brown Short Story Award.

Inclusion in the anthology: Short, Vigorous Roots: A Contemporary Flash Fiction Collection of Migrant Voices, (ed. Mark Budman, Ooligan Press, Portland State University, March 2022), flash, *Foreward INDIES Award winner/honorable mention (Anthologies). 

Birdsong for a Dog, Atticus Review, (August 2021), flash, *longlisted for the 2022 Wigleaf Top-50.

Craft Literary, (March 2021), collaborative author conversation between friends with the fabulous Olga Zilberbourg (author of Like Water & Other Stories)

PODCAST: Suzie Sherman recorded our conversation for her fabulous podcast, And the Next Thing You Know. To support this wonderful series, please check out their patreon!

Dear Friend, Foglifter, (October 2019), hybrid essay/conversation between Carson Beker and Nancy Au

Invisibilities and Unsayables, CRAFT Literary, (September 2019), nonfiction essay

Walks Like a Lion, Redivider, (July 2019), flash fiction *Winner of Redivider's Blurred Genre Contest

The Whispers I Could Almost Hear, The Cincinnati Review, (May 2019), nonfiction essay

Bright Perfection, Gulf Coast, (February 2019), short fiction

The Richmond, Catapult, (October 2018), short fiction, *Selected for Entropy's Best of 2018 Fiction (Short Story)

The Word for Water, Michigan Quarterly Review, (August 2018), nonfiction essay

Kintsugi, Jellyfish Review (June 2018), hybrid flash/poetry, *Nominated for the Best Microfiction anthology, *Longlisted for the 2019 Wigleaf Top 50

Robber Girl, Sonic Boom Journal, (April 2018), hybrid flash/poetry

A Sleepless Portrait, Mary: A Journal of New Writing (December 2017), poetry

The Auctioneer, Mary: A Journal of New Writing (December 2017), flash

Wearing My Skin, The Pinch Journal (October 2017), short fiction

Spider Love Song, Tahoma Literary Review (August 2017), short fiction

I See It All, Gone Lawn (July 2017), short fiction

The Tale of Grandma Sailor, The Sea Shanty Play Anthology (Exit Theater, July 2017), theater

Louise, FRiGG (June 2017), short fiction

She is a Battleground, Lunch Ticket (2017), flash, *Selected to appear in The Best Small Fictions! *Winner of The VERA flash fiction prize!

The Fox Spirit, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal (May 2017), short fiction

The Money Runner, Pithead Chapel (April 2017), flash, *Nominated for The Best Small Fictions, and longlisted for Wigleaf Top 50

When Bones Grow, The Forge Literary Magazine (March 2017), flash nonfiction, *Nominated for Best of the Net

Lincoln Chan: Pear King, Beloit Fiction Journal (February 2017), short fiction

Anatomy of a Cloud, Typehouse Literary Magazine  (February 2017), short fiction

The Unfed, Flapperhouse (December 2016), short fiction

Bebe the Queen, Midnight Breakfast (December 2016), short fiction

This is Me, Foglifter (October 2016), short fiction

Odonata at Rest, Liminal Stories (October 2016), short fiction

Ladybug Apocalypse, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (August 2016), flash, *Nominated for a Pushcart and The Best Small Fictions

Radiance, Fiction Southeast (August 2016), short fiction 

Little Harlot, Smokelong Quarterly (June 2016), flash, *Nominated for The Best Small Fictions. Click here to read my interview!

Ephemeroptera,  Necessary Fiction (May 2016), flash

Tentacled,  Word Riot (April 2015), flash, *Long-listed for Wigleaf Top 50

Mom's Desert,  Identity Theory (March 2015), short fiction

Bug Dot Milk, Prick of the Spindle (September 2011), short fiction

Duck Head,  Mill Valley Library Literary Review (June 2011), short fiction

Field Notes, art book, sold in Gallery Route One's (GRO) "Wild Book" art show to benefit GRO's Artists in Schools Program (Point Reyes, CA). For information on current GRO exhibits, visit: here.


2023, Pithead Chapel, Larry Brown Short Story Award, finalist

2023, Suisun Valley Review, Quinton Duval Award, judge

2022, Wigleaf Top-50, Atticus Review, longlisted

2021, PEN America's 2021 World Voices Festival, Spider Love Song and Other Stories is featured on their curated reading list celebrating "Power to the People: Honoring the art of the possible and the power of storytelling to push boundaries, challenge inherited narratives, and give voice to hope." 

2021, Nomadic Press / San Francisco Foundation Literary Award in Fiction,  judge

2021, Penumbra Journal, Spring 2021 prose contest judge

2020, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Short Fiction Collection, longlisted (Spider Love Song and Other Stories was one of just ten collections selected for the longlist!)

2020, CLMP Book Award for Fiction, finalist

2020, San Francisco State University, Class of 2020, Creative Writing Department, Keynote Address

2020, Reflex Fiction's Quarterly International Flash Fiction Competition, longlisted

2019, Exposition Review, Fall 2019, flash contest judge

2019, Spider Love Song and Other Stories, listed among Entropy Magazine's Best Fiction of 2019

2019, "Walks Like a Lion", Redivider, Blurred Genres Contest, winner

2019, "Kintsugi", Wigleaf Top 50, Jellyfish Review, longlisted

2018,  "The Richmond" (originally published in Catapult), selected for Entropy's Best of 2018: Fiction--Short Story 

2018, Vestal Review's VERA Flash Fiction Prize, nominated by Lunch Ticket, winner

2018, The Best Small Fictions, nominated by Lunch Ticket, winner

2018, Atticus Review Flash Fiction Contest, finalist

2018, Best Microfiction, Jellyfish Review, nomination

2018, Gigantic Sequins Flash Fiction Contest, finalist

2018, SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction, longlisted

2018, Reflex Fiction's Quarterly International Flash Fiction Competition, "Highly-commended" finalist

2017, The Best Small Fictions, Pithead Chapel, nomination

2017, Wigleaf Top 50, Pithead Chapel, longlisted

2017, Best of the Net, The Forge Literary Magazine, nomination

2016, Spring Creek Project Collaborative Residency (awarded to artists inspired by science): co-winner with Carson Beker 

2016, The Best Small Fictions, Smokelong Quarterly, nomination

2016, Pushcart Prize, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, nomination

2016, The Best Small Fictions, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, nomination

2015, Wigleaf Top 50 (best flash of the year), Word Riot, longlisted

2014, Michael Ruben Book Award: Runner-up

2012, Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award: Finalist 

Lambda LitFest 2018