Writing

I write memoir, poetry and literary nonfiction. You can read Hunger Mountain’s 2012 interview with me here.

Coming soon: Delmarva Review, Sandy River Review, Comstock Review.


“Forward,” Crack the Spine, issue 220, 2017.


“A Korean Kind of Love,” Gwangju International News, April 2017.


“Writing Without Pain in the EFL Classroom,” Gwangju International News, January 2017.


“Thief of Souls,” in Show Me All Your Scars, edited by Lee Gutkind, InFact Books, 2016.


“The Restless Dust,” Hunger Mountain, Autumn 2012. Old-fashioned print publication.


“Our New York, Too, Will Disappear,” Hunger Mountain Online, Sept. 11, 2012.

“The Synthetic Sublime,” by Cynthia Ozick, was the first essay that ever made me cry. It was early winter, late 2001. I was living in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on the salt-breezed fringes of New York. All four windows of my apartment looked out onto air-shafts….


“Lower Georgia Ave. Looks to the Future,” AWOL: American Way of Life, April 2013.

When a conspicuously white reporter walks into Eagles Barber Shop on lower Georgia Avenue, several guys there have a question. “You going to write a story about gentrification?”


“Power of Print for D.C.-Area South Asians,” New America Media.

Rajan George, editor-in-chief of India This Week and Express India, runs a one-person show these days. “I used to have five people in the office once upon a time,” he said, thinking back over the papers’ 23-year history.


“Many Paths to God,” D.C. Intersections, May 2013

Vibha Chawla of Ashburn, Va., wonders how to explain Hinduism to her teenage son and daughter. “They have a hundred questions,” she says. Although she grew up in India, she isn’t sure how to answer them. Hinduism doesn’t have creeds or pillars to summarize the faith, in contrast to Christianity or Islam. Understanding Hindu ideas takes study, even for those born and raised with the religion. So Chawla researches her kids’ questions in ways familiar to Americans of all faiths: “I Google. I call my Mom.”