Awards & Honors

Guggenheim Foundation Fellow 2006

Sowell Collection Author

Aetna Creative Non-fiction Author University of Connecticut 2010

Jenks Chair in American Letters Holy Cross nominee 2008

Campus Mentor Finlandia University 2005

Barnes and Noble: Discover Great New Writers Series 2005

Breadloaf Fellow 1999

Pen/Martha Albrand Award for the Memoir Finalist 1998

A Common Reader Book of the Year 1997

Crane-Rogers Foundation, Northeast Africa Fellow 1988-1990