“Let’s Stop Taling About Inclusion and Start Taking Action,” Faithfully Magazine, March 2018

Talking about inclusion is trite. Acting on including others is necessary. Let’s stop saying that racism is a sin and start repenting of the sin and doing more to give witness of Christ in the lives of people of color.


“A Case For Diversity In Christian Publishing,” Faithfully Magazine, October 2017

These systemic quotas further isolate writers of color, and homogenize the publishing landscape. And this is in the general market! That considered, it behooves the general market to actively seek underrepresented writers—and indeed they are proving to have an appetite for diverse storytellers.


“Here Is What Happens When a Son Overburdens His Father With Grief,” The Tishman Review, April 2016

A rural sensibility, categorized by images of people and their land and the desolate and terse rhythms of a Mexico left in poverty— after promises of revolution and reform gone unfulfilled—are iconic Rulfo. With darkness and light, through silence and sound, through ghost towns shackled by a hot and barren landscape, Rulfo revisits the history of a country that aches with the pain of its people.


“Seasoned with Salt: Adding Flavor to the Independent Press,” Front Porch Commons: A Project of [CLMP], July 2015

The competition to legitimize yourself as a published author is extreme. Publishing with an independent press insists that our stories must be told, that our prose is necessary for the world at large, no matter how small the reach may be. It is worth telling, and it is significant and doesn’t require legitimacy from big publishing to enrich its value. In a writer’s forum online, a fellow author recently said, “So many contemporary novels seem manic, agitated, escapist, goofy, fantastically un-serious, and concerned with nothing of lasting value.”

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