When Are You Coming Home? out today!

My story collection, When Are You Coming Home?, officially lands in the world today! Thanks to everyone at University of Nebraska Press and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize who made this happen (here's a post from when I first found out). Thanks, too, to current and future readers; it's a true honor. BC

The thunder of the ground sea, or what’s under the boat

One of my favorite things about rereading/reteaching stories is that no matter how well I think I know a work, I always unearth new intriguing bits. This past spring when I taught Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I zeroed in on how Shelley describes the breaking up of the frozen northern ocean where Walton and Victor become …

Resolution redux

Like a kajillion others out there on the planet, I sat down today thinking about New Year's resolutions: the (in)famous list of things we optimistically hammer out about what we will or won't do in the coming new year and then give up on around, oh, the Ides of March. Pretty straightforward, these resolutions, right? …