I am a writer and professor of writing with a special interest in the nonfiction of place. My most recent work, Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge City (Swallow Press, 2013), explores what it means to grow up in, leave, and ultimately return to the iconic western town of Dodge City, Kansas, as well as the surrounding high plains country George Armstrong Custer once called “the fairest and richest portion of our national domain.” My essays and other nonfiction have appeared in The Georgia Review, Ecotone: Reimagining Place, The Cream City Review, Etude: New Voices in Literary Nonfiction, High Plains Literary Review, Redivider, Bayou, High Desert Journal, Grasslands Review, and other journals and magazines. My first book, Hicks, Tribes, and Dirty Realists: American Fiction after Postmodernism (University of Kentucky Press, 2001), a study of the role of place in contemporary American fiction, was reissued in paperback in 2009. I teach creative writing and chair the English department at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis.
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Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis
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Indianapolis, Indiana 46202