"Next to the River." America's Emerging Literary Fiction Writers. (2019). Print.  

"Actually, Minnesota Has Three Nicknames." Ni Bona Na Coroin: Short Story Collection. (2015). Print.

New at This." One Million Stories Creative Writing Project. (Fall 2014). Online.

Binoculars." The Adroit Journal Issue 8. (February 2014). Online.

Denver." Wilderness House Literary Review Issue 7.4. (Winter 2013). Online.

​​"Aftermath." ​The Daily Abuse: Women's Accounts of Sexual Violation. (2018). Print and Kindle.  

"Becoming Someone Else."Entropy. (September 2018). Online.

"Reading Signs." Michigan's Emerging Writers Anthology of Nonfiction. (Fall 2018). Print.

"Train Gone." Midwestern Gothic. (Winter 2018). Print. 

"Fire and Water.Shantih Journal​. (Fall/Winter 2017). Online. 

"Can I Keep You?Two Hawks Quarterly. (Spring 2017). Online. 

"Dwelling Place." Solidago Literary Journal. (Spring 2017). Print.

* Named a notable essay by The Best American Essays 2018 ​​

"Marked." The Nervous Breakdown. (November 21, 2016). Online.
* Nominated for 2017 Best of the Net

"Kissing Ginger." Angels Flight * literary west Issue 3. (July 28, 2016). Online.

  * Second-place Winner of the 2016 Detroit Working Writers Nonfiction prize

"Intentions." Oracle Fine Arts Review Volume XIV. (2016). Print.

"Gamut." The Nassau Review. (2016). Print.

"Samantha." Page & Spine. (March 18, 2016).  Online.

"Las Vegas Boulevard." The Chiron Review. (Fall 2015). Print.

White Spirit." Blue Lyra Review 4.3 (Fall 2015). Online.

"We're All Mad Here: A Field Guide to Feigning Sanity." Limestone: A Journal of Art and Literature. (Fall 2015). Print. 

* Selected as an Editor's Pick and reprinted in the 30th Anniversary issue 

* Named a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2016

We Knew a Different Kind." Buck Off Magazine. (Fall 2015). Online.
* First-place winner of the Detroit Working Writers Creative Nonfiction Prize in 2015

Trash Collection Day." River Teeth's Beautiful Things Series. (June 2015). Online.

Out of Ash." New Mexico Review. Issue 1 (May 2015). Online.

Totally Normal Until It Isn't." Temenos: Mythos, Monsters, and Madness. (Fall 2014). Print and Online.

Regimen." The Citron Review. (December 2014). Online.

Border Crossing." Mulberry Fork Review. (September 2014). Online.

"Meng Li Sha." Black Fox Literary Magazine. (Summer 2014). Print.

"Nobody Knows I'm Here." Narrative Northeast. (Summer 2014). Online.

Shelter/ed." Writing Disorder. (Summer 2014). Online.

Reflections of a Burned Out Manager." The Short Humour Site. (May 2014). Online

Love Where There Is No Love." riverbabble Issue 24. (Winter 2014). Online.

The Dress." The Quotable. Issue 11 (Winter 2013). Issue 11. Print and Online.

"Threat." New Plains Review. (Fall 2013). Print.

"There's Trouble in River City." 94 Creations Literary Review Issue 4. (October 2013). Print.

"Calculations." Yemassee Issue 20.2. (Fall 2013) Print.

Chorus." Ohio Edit. (July 24, 2013). Online.

Hamtramck." Eunoia Review. (June 14, 2013). Online. 

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"Live Purposefully to Write Intentionally." Women Writers, Women's Books. (March 12, 2017). Online.

"This Is Not to Scale." The Spark, Blog of Alternating Current Press (June 2015). Online.

Not Your Mother's Reading List." The Coil, Journal of Alternating Current Press (May 2017). Online.

"Dwelling Place" was named a Best American Essays 2018 notable essay after appearing in Solidago Literary Journal.

"Bite" won Second Place in the 2018 Springfed Arts Prose Competition. 

"Coffee in the Morning" received Honorable Mention in the 2018 Gertrude Stein Fiction Contest from The Dr T.J. Eckleburg Review.

"Lady: A Rumination on Desire" won First Place in the 2017 Fourth Genre Creative Nonfiction Prize.

"We're All Mad Here: A Field Guide to Feigning Sanity" was named a Best American Essays 2016 notable essay after appearing in Limestone

"Silent, Stifled Love" won the Michigan Memoir First Place Award from the Rochester Writers' 2016 Summer Writing Contest.