is the author of the novel Mira Corpora, published by Two Dollar Radio. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and appeared on numerous Best of 2013 lists. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Vice, and The Collagist and been performed in New York and Los Angeles by New River Dramatists. He edited the literary anthology Topograph: Fiction from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond. Five of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award-winning Collapsable Giraffe theater company in New York City. Dream of the Red Chamber: Performance for a Sleeping Audience debuted in Times Square in Spring 2014 and Botanica was selected by the New York Times as "one of 2012's most galvanizing theater moments." He holds an MFA from NYU and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Hambidge Center.
Co-Founder of Destination: OUT
Popular jazz website. Lauded by The New Yorker, Wired, Playboy, The Wire, and BBC Radio. In 2011, Destination: OUT programmed a concert series in Manhattan that was acclaimed by both The New York Times and Time Out New York. www.destination-out.com
Film Professor, UNC Charlotte
Teach American Independent Films: Cinema Outside the Mainstream , a survey class that includes Maya Deren, Sam Fuller, Stan Brakhage, John Cassavetes, Jack Smith, David Lynch, Charles Burnett, Todd Haynes, and Harmony Korine.
Director of the NODA Film Festival
Curated, programmed, and organized eight successful festivals in Charlotte, NC that attracted over 12,000 attendees. The series received Creative Loafing’s “Best Film Festival” Award. www.nodafilmfestival.org
Publications and Performances
- Dying of the Deads in THE COMMON
- My Year Zero in GUERNICA
- Meet the Chorines in THE COLLAGIST
- Three Untitled Stories About Smoking in USERLANDS: NEW FICTION WRITING FROM THE BLOGGING UNDERGROUND. Included alongside work by Patrick DeWitt, Justin Taylor, Zac German, Mark Doten, M. Kitchell, Mark Gluth, and more. Chosen by NPR as a "Recommended Summer Read."
- The Beach and A Unified Field of Ash performed by NEW RIVER DRAMATISTS in Los Angeles and New York City, alongside works by National Book Award winner Denis Johnson and Pulitzer Prize laureate N. Scott Momaday.
Topograph: New Writing from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond
Edited this literary anthology which explodes stereotypes about Southern writing and charts new paths in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction by the region's boldest writers. Features exclusive work from Blake Butler, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, Scott McClanahan, Alan Michael Parker, Megan McShea, Jack Pendarvis, and many more.
The Portable Lentricchia
Edited and wrote introductory critical essay for a compilation of the fiction by the noted literary critic and acclaimed novelist Frank Lentricchia. Presented paper at Duke University symposium on Lentricchia's work, along with Don DeLillo, Anthony DeCurtis, and others.
Arts & Culture Writing
As a freelance critic, I've written book, film, music, and theater reviews and feature articles for publications including The Village Voice, MTV Online, Blender, Jazziz, The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing, and The Valley Advocate. I'm currently the Arts and Culture Editor for CV, a website that focuses on coverage of local and national arts events.