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Bluebird, Rapidan VA
Courtesy of Jan Langholz

I feel lucky to live in beautiful Rapidan, Va., a river-and-railroad village where my family has breathed sweet air and harkened to songbirds and foxes for a long time. Rapidan is the setting for my novel-in-stories, Horse People. My most recent book of fiction is Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella. The title story, about a Virginia family on the Oregon Trail, is in The Hudson Review.
When Arcadia Publishing asked me to do a pictorial history of Glen Allen, Va., where my parents, my sisters, and I lived for a time, I was delighted. Images of America: Glen Allen presents vintage photos of village founder John Cussons and his magnificent 1880s hotel, Forest Lodge; pioneering Black educator Virginia Randolph and her students; the story of Jack Bourne Park; and more. Many thanks to my generous contributors. Available July 4, 2022 from Arcadia Publishing.

National Endowment for the Arts
Tennessee Arts Commission
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
O. Henry Prize for "Merry-Go-Sorry," inspired by the West Memphis 3 ; first published in Alaska Quarterly Review
Virginia Literary Awards, finalist for The Quick-Change Artist: Stories

Converse Low-Residency MFA, core faculty
University of Memphis, Professor Emeritus; former director of creative writing
University of Memphis, First Tennessee Professor
Pennsylvania State University, Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence 
Wichita State University, Distinguished Visiting Writer 
Miami University of Ohio, Visiting Writer 
Fairmont State University, Artist in Residence
La Salle University, Writer-in-Residence