Opa Nobody (University of Nebraska Press, 2008)
Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir (University of Nebraska Press, 2010)
The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection and Inspiration (Equinox Publications, 2011)
Short E-Book: Two Eyes Are Never Enough: A Minimum-Wage Memoir (SheBooks, 2014)
The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Squint Books, 2016)
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System (University of Nebraska Press, March 2017)
Essays Available Online
“The Lunch Lady and Her Three-Headed Dogs,” Brevity, Jan. 17, 2017.
“2016 Eulogy: Fact,” Barrelhouse Blog, Jan. 1, 2017. (flash prose)
“Do You Like Her?” The Fem, Aug. 21, 2016. (flash prose)
“Flying the Flannel.” Vela, July 14, 2016.
“Ratchet Straps and Roadkill,” The Manifest-Station, June 10, 2016.
“Life is Good,” DIAGRAM 16.2
“What Pain Wants,” Rogue Agent Journal (published as a poem), Winter 2016.
“In the Grip of the Sky.” Creative Nonfiction 58, Winter 2016.
“8 Adult Dilemmas You’ll Face and How Not To Lose Your Shit About Them.” Thought Catalog, Jan. 25, 2016.
“What Sex is Like With Chronic Pain,” O: The Oprah Magazine, Summer 2015.
“On Being a Woman Who Hates to Cook.” Role Reboot. June 10, 2015.
“The Lava Lamp of Pain.” The Rumpus. Dec. 28, 2014.
“The Status of Pain,” Full Grown People, Sept. 18, 2014.
“Stone Houses: A Poem about Fiction within Nonfiction,” Bending Genre, July 7, 2014.
“How the ‘Trophy Just for Showing Up’ Is Earned,” New York Times Motherlode Blog, March 6, 2014.
“Picking Up,” Full Grown People, Jan. 6, 2014.
“The Final Bakesale,” As It Ought To Be, Dec. 29, 2014.
“A Day in the Grammar of Disease,” Brevity, Spring 2013.
“Love and Industry: A Midwestern Workbook,” Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, Jan. 2013; Kenneth Nichols wrote a neat analysis of the piece on his blog “Great Writers Steal.” Thanks, Ken!
“Wall Street’s 99 Percent Show Family Values,” Huffington Post, Oct. 4, 2011
“When Visitation Phone Calls Are All You Have,” Huffington Post, August 3, 2011
“Saint Jerry Wants a Medium Pizza with Half Pepperoni” at r.kv.ry, Spring 2011.
“How Do I Write” is a photo essay I did for Oxford Magazine about composition, creativity, and what the writing process feels like for me. Oxford Magazine‘s archives seem to have folded or disappeared, so I republished it.
“Land of Infinite David,” an essay on David Foster Wallace and Illinois, in Crab Orchard Review, Summer/Fall 2010.
“Prescriptions,” Sweet: A Literary Confection, 1.2: 2009. (This is an excerpt from Cover Me)
“Postcards from the Fatherland,” Waccamaw 2, Fall 2008.
My work has also appeared in literary journals including Creative Nonfiction, Puerto del Sol, The Pinch, The Sonora Review, Crab Orchard Review, Fourth Genre, Topic, Passages North, Main Street Rag, Literary Mama, Kaleidoscope, Hotel Amerika and Sports Literate and others and in periodicals including The Washington Post Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Psychology Today, In These Times, Sojourner, and Earth Island Journal; and elsewhere.
Journalism/Politics/Reporting with Memoir
“Your Brain on Hillary Could Be a Whole Lot Happier,” The Establishment, October 6, 2016.
“Set this Health Insurance Garbage on Fire,” The Billfold, July 26, 2016.
“I take opioids to treat chronic pain. Stigmatizing them will harm me,” The Guardian (UK), June 22, 2016.
Two Eyes are Never Enough: A Minimum Wage Memoir, SheBooks, May 2014
“Why I Loved Direct Care Work, and Why I Quit,” Direct Care Alliance Blog, May 29, 2014
Waiting for the Goon Squad, Inside Higher Ed, April 7, 2011
Pedagogy/Theory of Nonfiction
“James Baldwin: Nonfiction of a Native Son,” Assay 3.1 (Fall 2016).
“Hydra-Headed Memoirs and Well-Connected Essays: Navigating Your Book-Length Nonfiction Thing,” Assay Special Conference Issue, Jan. 1, 2016.
“The Mind and Heart and Gut at Work,” The Essay Review, Dec. 2014. A craft and literary reflection on the appearance of anger in essays.
“Amazon Constellations,” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies 1.1: Fall 2014. A discussion about the author’s role in interacting with online reviews of one’s work.
“Grout, Tiles, and Eduardo Galeno’s Three-Volume Essay ,” Essay Daily, Dec. 17, 2014
“Reality Is Sly, People Are Complicated: A Roundtable on the Facts of the Matter, Part 2,” Brevity Blog, Nov. 20, 2012 “As a Matter of Fact: A Roundtable Discussion on Anonymous’ ‘The Facts of the Matter,’ and Truth and Craft in Creative Nonfiction” Brevity Blog, Nov. 5, 2012
Book Reviews of Other Authors’ Work
“Barrelhouse Reviews: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen,” Barrelhouse, Nov. 3, 2016.
Review of Jessica Handler’s Braving the Fire: Writing About Grief and Loss, Brevity, Jan. 2014
“Literary Creation and Formation: Review of Allison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?,” Literary Mama, December 2012.
Reviewed: Looking for Esperanza, River Teeth online, Fall 2012.
Sonya Huber and Ioanna Opidee, “Teaching the Exploratory Essay as Pedagogy, Process, and Project,” Creative Composition: Inspiration and Techniques for Writing Instruction, ed. Lori A. May and Danita Berg. Multilingual Matters, May 2015.
The Incredible Sestina Anthology, ed. Daniel Nester, Write Bloody Publishing, 2014.
American Creative Writers on Class, ed. Shelly Reed, Big Wonderful Press.
Learning to Glow (University of Arizona Press),
Young Wives’ Tales (Seal Press),
Bare Your Soul: A Thinking Girl’s Guide to Enlightenment (Seal Press),
Reading for the Maternally Inclined: The Best of Literary Mama (Seal Press),
Mama Ph.D. (Rutgers University Press)
Campus, Inc. (Prometheus Books)
I’ve been writing a few editorials for AOL on the healthcare debate, including “Is ObamaCare Socialism? Not on Your Life,” Dec. 6, 2010.