Assistant Professor
Pardee Room 306 (Office Hours: Mondays: 11:00 am -1:00 pm)


  • M.F.A. Cornell University

Teaching areas: creative writing; short fiction, novels, novels for teens, screenwriting, creative nonfiction; contemporary American literature, Jewish American literature, young adult literature, publishing.

Novels: If Only (Harper Collins) We Were Never Here (Harper Collins) The Mothers (Scribner) Something Red (Scribner) Golden Country (Scribner)

Selected Publications:   “Philip Roth Dies and Part of America Dies With Him,” The Forward, 2018; “November 9th Dream,” The Forward 2018; “Post-Election Show” September Gallery, 2017; “Lemonade,” The Forward, 2018; “My Grandparents Thought They Were Leaving us a Better World,” The Forward, 2016; “My Mother Worked…” New York Magazine, 2016; Personal Essay, The Jewish Forward, 2015; Book Review The New York Times, July 2015; Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, May 2015; Review of Elena Ferrante’s Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, The Los Angeles Times, August 2014; “Superman: The Greatest Adoption Story of All Time,” Dame Magazine, 2014; “The Waiting Room,” essay in the anthology, Labor Day, FSG , 2014; “Finally, The Balcony,” Real Simple, 2014; “Naxos,” New York Times Travel, March 7, 2014; Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, 2013; “The Eggplant, the Goat, the Moussaka,” Tin House, 2013; “Worst Mothers in Literature,” Publishers Weekly, 2013; ‘The Dark Sad Side of Adoption,” essay in The Atlantic, 2013; “One True Thing,” Psychology Today, 2013; “What is Motherness?,”The Huffington Post, 2013; Interview with Meg Wolitzer, The Rumpus, 2013; “Letting Go of Roth,” The Forward, 2012; “The Long Wait,” Vogue Magazine, 2012; Bob Dylan’s The Tempest, The Forward, 2012; “Fearing Fear Itself,” Salon, 2012; Interview with AM Homes, The Forward, 2012; “My Bridge to Nowhere,” The New York Times, 2011; Kate Gilmore and Jennifer Gilmore, an interview, BOMB Magazine, 2011.

Selected Honors: Finalist,National Jewish Book Award; Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Finalist Harold U. Ribalow Prize; Finalist, Longlist, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; Indie Next Picks; Book Sense Notable Books; Amazon top ten Debut Fiction; Macdowell Colony Fellowship; Visiting Lecture Fellowship, Harvard University; Harvard Teaching Excellence Award