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I write about books, film, culture, God, and sports—for many nice places, including
Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Esquire, Literary Hub, Outside, The Sewanee Review, Commonweal, The Kenyon Review, America, The Awl, Runner’s World, and elsewhere. My writing for US Catholic won a “Best of the Christian Press” award.

I also work on mysterious projects for Google.

My writing has been recommended by
Arts & Letters Daily, Poets & Writers, ESPN: The Magazine, Real Clear Books, Longreads, Verse Daily, ABC Radio, Real Clear Religion, and Longform, cited in The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern American Fiction, and once lovingly parodied by The Los Angeles Times.

I’m the author of seven books of fiction, poetry, and literary criticism, including
Ember Days (stories), This Darksome Burn (novella), and The Fine Delight (criticism).

I’ve taught creative writing and literature at The College of New Jersey and Rutgers University, and live with my wife and twin daughters in the Garden State.