Mirror Reflections

May 2nd, 2020 Essays awalls 1 min read

Published in Ignatian Literary Magazine, Vol. 32, Spring 2020 (Excerpt:) When I was four, my Chinese mother had high hopes for me to become a ballerina; her inspiration at the time had been the Rockettes. Eventually this would be one of many letdowns. For many girls, ballet was a rite of passage, a chapter marked by pink tights and fluffy tutus. It turned out different for…


Mar 28th, 2018 Essays awalls 1 min read

Published in Carve Magazine, Spring 2018 (Premium Print Edition) An Essay About Rejection and a Writer’s Intuition We declined it. They accepted it. We invite comments from the author, Carve’s reading committee, and the publisher who accepted it to find out why. “Not all questions have to be answered within a short story. This moment was the most perfect reminder of how important it is to trust your…

This Solitary Life

Mar 27th, 2018 Short Stories awalls 1 min read

Published in Red Savina Review, Fiction 6.1, Spring 2018 (Excerpt:) My Uncle Saul used to predict disasters, like some sixth sense. On my eighth birthday, he mentioned a feeling deep from his gut, days before a tornado had even touched down in the Great Plains, even ahead of the usual signs of the air getting suspiciously stagnant or the cows heading east. It was a few years…

Tell Me You Love Me

Sep 4th, 2017 Short Stories awalls 1 min read

Published in Adelaide Literary Magazine, Year III, No. 9, Vol. 1, September 2017 (Excerpt:) In the next room, my mother is dying. Lights out, dark as night though it’s the middle of the day. The heavy, velvet curtains are pulled tight with tape and wooden clothespins, so they keep the blue skies, blue birds, and the rest of the moving, breathing world out of sight. It’s…

Anywhere But Here

May 24th, 2017 Books awalls 1 min read

Anywhere But Here, a New Collection of Short Stories (coming soon) I’m pleased to say my first collection of stories, titled Anywhere But Here, will be available sometime in 2018. With other creative projects and personal challenges earlier this year, I had pushed it off from an earlier release — but I will be sharing the book cover, audio excerpts, and other details as we get closer to…

Some Other Place

Mar 14th, 2017 Short Stories awalls 1 min read

Published in The Summerset Review, Spring 2017 (Excerpt:) There’s more than one of everything arranged on the table before her. In a perfect circle there are six sets of French glass goblets with special twisted stems, white napkin swans on gold-rimmed plates, matching coffee cups in saucers, and more silverware than she knows what to do with. Dylan picks the smallest of the four silver spoons for…

Things We Should’ve Said

Mar 1st, 2017 Short Stories awalls 1 min read

Published in The East Bay Review, Issue 10, Spring 2017 “Things We Should’ve Said” earned Honorable Mention in the Fall 2016 Very Short Fiction Contest, by Glimmer Train (Excerpt:) It’s October, but I have no idea what day it is. I am still a ghost of myself. The sky is hopelessly black, with only a couple dim streetlights to shine the stairway up the hill to Lo…

The Fires on Water Street

Dec 11th, 2016 Short Stories awalls 1 min read

Published in Fredericksburg Literary & Art Review, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Fall 2016 Cover Art by Bill Harris, Rearview Mirror (Excerpt:) It’s 110 degrees and the air is weighed down by a blanket of humidity, when it’s just barely June, meaning this day could never lead anywhere good. The uneven dirt road goes on forever, a washed-out brown line looping in and through itself. I keep…

Three Hundred Miles

Oct 24th, 2016 Short Stories awalls 1 min read

Published in Stirring: A Literary Collection,  Vol. 18, Edition 11, Nov 2016 Anniversary Issue: Photo by Manit Chaotragoongit (Excerpt:) In a brief flicker of a moment, Caroline locks eyes with her husband from the far side of the ballroom, across a sea of glittery gold and crimson. The exhaustion and pain is written on his forehead and brow, prematurely hardened as though the past five years…


Aug 2nd, 2016 Short Stories awalls 1 min read

Published in Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts (Excerpt:) I am the worst kind of lonely at night. My boyfriend Derek is sound asleep to my right, and I know I should let everything go and allow myself to fall into his arms. He’s already made a permanent body impression in my mattress; the smell of his shampoo can’t be washed out of my sheets….