Sarton Women’s Literary Award, 2015, for So Many Africas.


Autumn House Press Creative Nonfiction Award 2014, for So Many Africas


Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize 2013, Runner-Up for essay “Paying the Piper.”


Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2011, “Burial Cloth Removed” River Teeth Journal


Pushcart Prize Nomination and Editor’s Choice Award for “Woman of Sikongo: A Lament” from Relief Journal


Carol Bly Award in Creative Nonfiction, Dust & Fire, 2005


So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village (Autumn House Press) Buy


The Best Spiritual Writing 2013 (Penguin Books) Buy


Becoming: What Makes a Woman 2013 (University of Nebraska Press) Buy

Literary Journals

Under the Sun, June 2015, “The Doors We Walk Through” in Ruminations. READ


The Missouri Review, Issue 37, Spring 2014, “Paying the Piper” READ intro.


The Pinch, Volume 31, Issue 1, Spring 2011, “Oral Histories” See Issue


The Gettysburg Review, Volume 23, Issue 4, Winter 2010, “Deviled Eggs” READ 


River Teeth Journal, Volume 12, Number 1, 2010, “Burial Cloth Removed”


Under the Sun, 2009, “There’s a Hole in the Bucket”


Image Journal, Issue 58, July 2008, “Asking for Salt” READ


Relief Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2009, “Woman of Sikongo: A Lament”


Brevity, Number 27, May 2009, “There’s Things” READ