I'm the author of a number of short stories, essays, and articles, and am an active member of the SFWA. While I was born and raised in the American South, I currently live in the Midwestern U.S. with my wife and sons. My life's adventures have included working as an archeologist and a Peace Corps Volunteer.
I've published a dozen of my short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone, which devoted a special issue to my fiction in December 2010. My fiction has also been published in Year's Best SF 14 , Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Tales of the Unanticipated, The Mississippi Review, Diagram, Pindeldyboz, and other places.
Among the awards and honors I've received include being a finalist for the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novella, winning both the 2008 and 2009 Interzone Readers' Polls (and being a co-winner of the 2010 Poll), receiving a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, being nominated for the BSFA Award, and being longlisted for the British Fantasy Award. My fiction has been translated into a number of languages, including Chinese, French, Russian, Polish, and Czech.
I co-founded the literary journal storySouth, through which I run the annual Million Writers Award for best online fiction, which has been highlighted by USA Today, the Utne Reader, and Novel and Short Story Writer's Market. My critical essays and book reviews have been published in places like The New York Review of Science Fiction and The Pedestal Magazine, and I write a monthly column for the Czech SF magazine XB-1. I'm also the one who coined the term SciFi Strange. Depending on your thoughts about that subgenre, you can either thank or curse me.