Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Books


yarn-thumb Small Change,” (nominated for the Pushcart Prize) in YARN
hungermnt-thumb Dentist of the Wild West,” in the Fall 2011 issue of Hunger Mountain
hungermnt-dialog-thumb Dialogue,” in the Fall 2010 issue of Hunger Mountain
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
Listen to Alan Vogel’s reading of “Dialogue” for Lit103.3

Creative Non-fiction

pamplemousse NEW: “On Animals and Virtue,” in Pamplemousse
1106_COG_mother-slide An Anguished Choice To Help A Son With Mental Illness,” in Cognoscenti
charlotte-thumb The First Time with Charlotte: New York City, circa 1996,” in Hunger Mountain
hair-thumb Forthcoming: “The Hair Makes the Person,” in More Magazine
bat-thumb Angst Begets Art: On Finding Beauty In A Life Of Anxiety,” in Cognoscenti
anxiety-thumb Anxiety is an Enemy with Benefits,” excerpted in The Atlantic
201310-omag-requirement-600x411 Breasts Are Not a Requirement: Life After a Double Mastectomy,” in O, The Oprah Magazine
awake-thumb Benjy, Awake,” in
mighty-thumb I Was Mighty,” in Huffington Post: Lifestyle
 benjy-thumb There Be Mental Illness Here,” in The Missouri Review blog

Books & Scholarship

Coming in November, 2018 from Rowman & Littlefield! Parenting Children with Mental Health Challenges: A Guide to Life with Emotionally Complex Kids. Watch this space for more details as they pop up!

I’m also working, sloooowly, on a collection of essays about everything from hair-on-fire parenting, to marrying a son of Nazis, to shedding the leaves of a bookish life, to re-imagining ME, after illness crept in and crashed the Old Me. (Hey, I was distracted by the smell of burning hair.)

My scholarly articles can be found in Studies in English Literature, Studies in the Novel, Victorian Poetry, and Pedagogy.

Read my biographical sketches in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (“Henry Mayhew,” “Horace Mayhew”). Or, if you’re really brave you can pick up my book on Charles Dickens and the Victorian theater.

Dickens, Novel Reading, and the Victorian Popular Theatre

Dickens, Novel Reading, and the Victorian Popular Theatre

In this study Deborah Vlock shows that characters, dialogue, and plots from many of Charles Dickens’ novels can be traced to the Victorian stage, and that contemporary readers and writers of fiction were strongly influenced by what they saw at the theatre. Through an examination of theatrical and popular-cultural sources–including accounts of noted actors and actresses, and of popular theatrical characters of the time–Vlock uncovers unexpected precursors for some popular Dickensian characters, and throws new light on the conditions in which Dickens’ novels were initially received.

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