“The Bolton Strid.” Forthcoming from Shenandoah.
Phillies Essay, 2020 Baseball Prospectus annual.
What does Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet have to do with baseball? Everything.
“The Sum of Our Doing” (Bodies Built for Game: The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Sports Writing, eds. Natalie Diaz and Hannah Ensor, 2019)
“No. 107″ (part of Every Atom: Whitman at 200, North American Review, curated by Brian Clements)
Elephant Graveyards (Barrelhouse 15)
Connie doesn’t like it when he swears, particularly not when he swears using Jesus in the middle of it. Myron arguing that if he starts with “Jesus—” and ends with “—Christ,” Jesus isn’t in the middle at all doesn’t make much difference to Connie, though. How much he swears is dependent on his company, on picking up other people’s habits. He can’t quite say why, after a dozen years of marriage, he hasn’t picked up many of hers. But the dig team unearthing bones in Paul Finch’s oilfield got him going again, and Connie’s already lip-chewing over that. The dinosaur business makes her nervy, uncertain, doubtful.
Coyotes of Chicago (Whiskeypaper)
All over the city, kids throw baseballs through thawing spring, muscles slowly warming against the Lake Michigan wind and slush-gray everywhere. The lake yips and barks where the ice-skin folds, pinches, cracks, and the very air is an eager growl of melting.
The Rogers Ladder (Gulf Stream #13)
Rachel and David had gone climbing when they were dating, scaling indoor walls and boulders and a few actual cliffs in New York. From the visitors’ center, she can see two brightly colored bodies dotting the rock-face, but they’re not here to climb. They’d talked about it, said no, maybe not this time, and she thinks it’s because neither of them could say for certain what they might do eight hundred feet up.
Note: “The Rogers Ladder” was featured at the Ploughshares blog: “Best Short Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week.”
Weight & Bamboo (Festival Writer)
Heading North (Novel Excerpt) (Classical Magazine Issue 8, The Books Issue)
To the Wall (Rappahannock Review)
Jonah, The Whale (Hobart, nominated for a Pushcart Prize)
It was March 6 when Jonah Jimenez threw a perfect game in Spring Training, ninety-four pitches all-told, and fifty more than any starter was throwing then. If you asked anyone, it was ninety-four pitches more than Jonah Jimenez had any business throwing anywhere.
Rock and Bone (Memorious 17)
Here, the rock is bare and starkly white under the road, even in the rain’s dark, where it is visible, before it cuts down so sharply that even a car’s height makes the grade of the cliff disappear. The taillight slips and falls, and Kim watches the bike shear sideways, wind-caught and water-rushed. It knifes under the guardrail and is gone.
Indelible (Bluestem Magazine)
Middle Infield (Stymie Magazine)
“Dreamfish.” Gray’s Sporting Journal. Feb/March, 2004.
“(What is here inserted comes from a Credible Hand and attested by some now in Boston)” (Memorious 24 and Winner of the 2014 Memorious/Writers Block Poetry Contest)
“That the true owner may have it again” (Footnote #2: A Journal of Literary History)
“Salt” (Footnote #2, nominated for a Pushcart Prize)
Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind: An Interview with David Wanczyk (Baseball Prospectus)
Long Relief: Asking for Nothing (feature at Baseball Prospectus)
Long Relief: A Meditation on a Mess of Baseball Cards (feature at Baseball Prospectus)
Phillies Essay (2016 Baseball Prospectus Annual)
Leaving Early (The Rumpus)
On the Value of Hearing No, Kindly (Bluestem Magazine Blog)
Why I Write (Stymie Magazine)
Nowhere Near Alabama, But Home’s Still Sweet: The Fine Art of the Walk-Up Track (Recess Magazine)
Driving To Utopia, Arizona (The Classical)
Other work from The Classical: here
‘Breme Beowulf’ and ‘Inclite Pelagi’: Colonizing the Comitatus (The CEA Critic, 77.1, 2015)
Interviews and Extras
Phillies Preview on the Effectively Wild Podcast with Ben Lindberg and Sam Miller (January 2016)
Louisville Literary Arts/Writer’s Block/Memorious Poetry Contest Interview (November 2014)
Rappahannock Review Contributor Interview (December 2013)