Carnegie Mellon University

Professor of English


When I joined the writing program here in 1991, I thought of myself as a fiction writer. In the years since them, I’ve found myself drawn to other genres. My new book, Rachel in the World, is a memoir, as were the two books that preceded it. I’ve published essays in such places as Ms., Prairie Schooner, Massachusetts Review, The New York Times Magazine, Self, and Creative Nonfiction and written several scripts, among them the screenplay for Seven Minutes in Heaven, a Warner Brothers film. Works in progress include essays and a novel. Among my honors are two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Fiction, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, one in fiction and one in Media Arts, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Creative Writing, and a Fulbright Fellowship in 2004 to teach creative writing at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel. I have an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and have been a member of the Creative Writing Program here at CMU since 1991.


  • MFA, Columbia University
  • BA, New York University

Selected Publications

Rachel in the World – A Memoir.  University of Illinois Press. Memoir
 October 2007.

“Rachel Is.”  Documentary.  Co-producer.

“Independent Means,”  “Lives,” New York Times Magazine, October 7, 2007, p.74.