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I'm a writer from Maryland.

I have written for The New York Times MagazineThe Oxford AmericanPacific StandardHazlitt, and many other places. Often about music, but not always.

My first book, Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk, will be published in July 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It tells the story of Joltin' Jim McCoy, a country music impresario from West Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, and the relationship between his work and his community, which included a pre-fame Patsy Cline. 

I am a proud board member of the Washington, D.C. arts nonprofit Day Eight. I also teach classes at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD. 

For invitations to your book club or class, or to schedule a personalized workshop to discuss your book proposal or manuscript, email me.

For media inquiries about Homeplace, email Taryn Roeder.

My agent is David Patterson at the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. 

I'm also on Twitter

Author photo by the Shenandoah's own Pat Jarrett.