Skin Like Snake
, Spring 2019
"She waits tables and writes dramatic poetry in a notebook she keeps hidden."
The Antioch Review,
, Winter 2018 (print)
"Clementine didn't know any children's songs."
The Last Act
, Autumn 2018 (print)
"I was lying on a wooden plank over cinder blocks at our makeshift gym when I heard a man screaming."
, March 2018
"Give me your teeth," Mom says.
The Girl Who Will Fly
, Winter/Spring 2018
"My daughter, the ballerina, has a mane, thick as a horse's."
The Long Brew
, November 2018
"The baby wakes and mews, soft and persistent as a puppy."
My Brother, Kareem
, Fall 2016 (print)
"This is how they chip away at us, bit by bit."
Selected Articles on Foreign Policy and Politics
Separated Souls: Uighur Journalist's Unbreakable Resolve to Help Her Detained Family
, March 2018
"Gulchehra Hoja still remembers the first time her daughter, then three years old, met her grandparents."
The Washington Post
Dictators Don't Stabilize the Middle East
, April 2016
"Terrorism flourishes in places where the government is no longer seen as being on the side of the people."
What It's Like to be a Political Moderate in a Ridiculously Polarized Senate
, June 2016
"The phone calls always started in the late afternoons."
U.S. News & World Report
Will There be Whistleblowers?
"Institutions aren't destroyed overnight. It will start with little things that alone don't seem all that significant."
For More Effective Diplomacy, Fix the Bureaucracy
, November 2016
"There's a little thing in the U.S. government called clearance, and it affects everything."
Selected Essays on Writing and Life
Making Room for the Words
, October 2017
"We writers can be neurotic about finding ways to make writing fit into our lives."
How Storytelling Helps My Daughter Stand Up for Herself
, August 2017
"At an indoor playground, a boy pushed my daughter from a collection of blocks he'd taken over in the center of the room."
, March 2017
"I could swear its googly eyes were peering back at me."
The Washington Post,
Jesus Had a Foster Father
, December 2018
"Far from operating on the margins, I believe we are the very heart of this season."
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