It’s been an amazing year in my writing, teaching, and reading lives, and I can’t wait for 2016. In fact, for a while now, I’ve been writing 2016 when I write down the date. That’s how much I’m looking forward to it. But first, a look back at 2015. I have been busy completing two […]


I recently sent out my fifth newsletter, The Woolson and Alcott Chronicles. As I sat down to begin writing, I couldn’t think of much “news.” I had maybe two items of interest. Then gradually more came to me, including the first two reviews of┬áConstance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist, scheduled giveaways on Goodreads, […]


Last week I learned that I will be receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to write my next book,┬áReading Little Women: The History of an American Classic. The grant comes from the NEH’s new Public Scholar program, which generated some media attention, including this Washington Post article, in which I am […]