Selected Writing

In ‘Vintage Contemporaries,’ A Young Woman Reconciles Her Idealism With the Realities of Adulthood in New York City,” Electric Literature, March 2023
Interview with author Dan Kois on the publishing industry, writing about race as a white person, and the gendered assumptions of friendship stories

Non-Union Harper Employees Discuss Workload, In-House Morale, and Solidarity,” Publishers Lunch, February 2023
Reported article in series on three-month Harper Collins Union strike

Book Critics Build Careers, But Can’t Make a Living,” Publishers Lunch, October 2022
Reported article on pay for book reviewers

Publishing Workers Feel the Burn Out,” Publishers Lunch, September 2021
Reported article on pervasive burnout among publishing employees

YA Grows Up: Teen Protagonists Step into Adulthood,” School Library Journal, April 2021
Reported print magazine feature on crossover YA books

Five Years Later: On the Enduring Legacy of All American Boys,” LitHub, September 2020
Article examining what’s changed and what hasn’t since the publication of All American Boys

Two Suicidal Teens, Four Possible Paths,” New York Times Book Review, September 2020
Review of Bill Konigsberg’s The Bridge

Rereading the Master of ‘Dying Teen’ Lit,” LitHub, December 2019
Essay about my childhood obsession with Lurlene McDaniel books and the cultural appeal of “sick lit”

Middle Grade Is Too Young, YA Too Old. Where Are the Just-Right Books for Tweens?,” School Library Journal, November 2019
Reported print magazine cover story about the need for books that fit tweens and young teens; winner of the Eddie Award for excellence in magazine media

Why Aren’t Female Celebrities Writing More Novels?,” Slate, September 2019
Essay considering why famous men write fiction and famous women recommend it

Losing My Religion at Christian Camp,” Longreads, August 2019
Essay about the way my decade at Christian summer camp both shaped and condemned my views of faith and girlhood

Amber Tamblyn Wants You to Call Her Out,” Electric Literature, March 2019
Interview with Amber Tamblyn on intersectional feminism, problematic entertainment, and going public with her #MeToo stories

This Book and Podcast Examine How We Consume Stories About Dead Girls,” Electric Literature, September 2018
Reported essay on crime novel

Amanda Stern on Living with Anxiety in an Increasingly Scary World,” Electric Literature, August 2018
Interview with writer Amanda Stern

Who Agrees That Swimming in the Ocean is Scary?,” Catapult, July 2018
Essay about fear, aging, and the beach

‘Hey Ladies!’ Is An Utterly Relatable Parody Book That Hilariously Spoofs All Those Wild Group Emails With Your Girlfriends,” Bustle, May 2018
Article on Hey Ladies!, female friendships, and the ways we communicate online

The Beautiful Nobody,” Los Angeles Review of Books, March 2018
Longform critical essay about the podcast Beautiful/Anonymous

Truly, Brutally Alive: An Interview with Michael Parker,”, January 2018
Interview with flash fiction writer

Festive Fifty 2017,” Contrast Podcast, December 2017
A year-end music list; I discuss Kesha’s “Bastards” (#42), HAIM’s “Want You Back” (#35), and Jens Lekman’s “How We Met, The Long Version” (#32) and “To Know Your Mission” (#8)

Before ‘The Disaster Artist’ Became A Film, It Was A Book About Two Men’s Friendship & The Worst Movie Ever Made,” Bustle, December 2017
Article on The Disaster Artist book and film, including interview with author Tom Bissell

Author Robin Benway Was Rejected From Every MFA Program She Applied To — Now She’s A National Book Award Finalist,” Bustle, November 2017
Profile of National Book Award winner

Home is Here,” The Rumpus, July 2017
Longform reported essay on the lives of four American Muslim women

In Praise of an Ordinary Life,” Los Angeles Review of Books blog, March 2017
Book review essay about Amy Krouse Rosenthal, minutia, and boring lives

KJ Keep Playing that Song: A Seven-Day Journey through Brooklyn’s Karaoke Bars,” Brokelyn, May 2016
A project in which I visited 9 karaoke bars in 10 days