“The King of Shopping Mall Surrealism”

My review of Scott McClanahan’s The Sarah Book at The Millions


I interviewed April Ayers Lawson for Hobart


My review of Matthew Neill Null’s Allegheny Front at Oxford American

ongoing flux


I had the honor of interviewing Claire Falkenberg about her art, nuclear power plants, landscapes and destabilizing the familiar and Guernica is featuring our conversation in their new Boundaries of Nature issue! Check it out:




I’ll be at the MacDowell Colony for the month of September, working hard on final edits of Sugar Run


I am so incredibly excited to announce that, with the help of the amazing Bill Clegg, I sold my novel, Sugar Run, to Kathy Pories at Algonquin!!!!!

2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize Winner Mesha Maren’s SUGAR RUN, set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia and following a wayward girl through the time just before and after her eighteen-year stint in prison for voluntary manslaughter; a novel about making a run for another life, the use and treachery of makeshift families, and how no matter the distance we think we’ve travelled from the mistakes we’ve made, too often we find ourselves standing precisely in the place we began, to Kathy Pories at Algonquin, at auction, by Bill Clegg at The Clegg Agency (NA).
June 18, 2015 at 11:36 p.m. Eastern


My short story “Confluence” is included in the new Appalachia Now anthology from Bottom Dog Press alongside some great stories from Chris Offutt, Charles Dodd White and many other talented writers!


My short story “Eminent Domain” was included in this brand new anthology Choose Wisely alongside the work of Aimee Bender, Joyce Carol Oates, Amelia Gray, Mary Miller, Lindsay Hunter and  many other talented women!


My short story “Chokedamp” was  chosen by Lee Smith as Winner of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize 

Thomas Wolfe


Ucross Foundation Residency Fall 2014



I’m excited to announce that I have been chosen as the recipient of the  2014 Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing!



Thank you so much to Tin House for publishing my Lost & Found essay!



Thank you so much to The Elizabeth George Foundation for their generous research and writing grant!



I am honored to announce that I have been awarded a 2013 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant.



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