Work History

Work History
2005 - Present

Deputy Editor & Fiction Critic

The Washington Post
1998 - 2005

Books Editor

The Christian Science Monitor

  • Redesigned the Book section to deliver an engaging mix of familiar and new voices on fiction and nonfiction.
  • Wrote weekly lead review for the Book section and occasional book-related features.
  • Recruited and supervised interns and junior editorial assistants.
1993 - 1998

English Teacher

John Burroughs School

  • Taught American literature.
  • Supervised student newspaper.
1986 - 1993

Assistant Professor of English

Principia College

  • Taught American literature, critical theory, and journalism.
  • Granted tenure in 1991

Periodic Guest or Interviewer

Education

Education
1986

M.A.

Washington University

Full merit scholarship and teaching fellowship.

Completed course work for PhD.

1984

BA

Principia College

With highest honors

1983

Summer workshop

Bennington College

Certifications

Certifications
2005 - Present

Finalist, Best Criticism

National Book Critics Circle
2013 - Present

Finalist

Hatchet Job of the Year
2012 - Present

1st Place, Criticism

Virginia Press Association
2011

1st Place, Arts & Entertainment

Society for Features Journalism
2011

Lifetime Achievement Award

Moby Awards for Book Trailers
2009

Media Award

Romance Writers of America
2009

Winner, Best Criticism

National Book Critics Circle
2003 - 2004

2nd Place, Arts & Entertainment

American Society of Sunday & Features Editors
1988

English Dept prize for best graduate research

Washington University