"The Rise and Fall and Rise of the Poinsett Hotel"
State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Vol. 3 (USC Press)
Forthcoming Aug. 2018
Before it was rescued and transformed into the resplendent site it is today, the Poinsett Hotel nearly perished. “The jewel of downtown Greenville” survived the Great Depression, bankruptcy, urban blight of the 1970s and 1980s, mattress-burning vagrants, rot and mildew—and as rumor has it—devil worshipers.
“An Old Synagogue Needs Rescuing” (PDF)
The mikvah had been fashioned into a makeshift baptismal pool with a system of rigged heating coils that was downright dangerous. “It was a wonder no one had been electrocuted,” he said.
"Fiction Addiction’s Book Your Lunch" (PDF)
My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop (Black Dog & Leventhal)
I had the honor of being a featured author for Book Your Lunch. I looked out onto a roomful of people–and I wasn’t even related to most of them.
The place managed to look both defiant and melancholy, fending off the sprawl and faceless development, holding the modern world at bay. It was for sale, but there were clearly no takers.
Familiar landmarks have a way of appearing in my fiction—a little warped.
I love that nature is squeezing through the fist of concrete and condos.