The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings." New York: Pegasus Books, 2010.
The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press / Swallow Press, 2007.
Awash in Celebrity Authors. Amazon Kindle, March 2012.
We Are Their Heaven: A Family Memoir. Amazon Kindle, August 2011.
On the Poetry of James Wright. Amazon Kindle, March 2011.
What Exactly Happened: Four Essays on the Craft of Memoir. Amazon Kindle, January 2011.
A Year in Ink: San Diego Writers’ Ink Anthology. Editor. San Diego, California: The Ink Spot Press, 2008.
"'In Spite of Everything': The Definitive Indefinite Anne Frank." In Anne Frank: People Who Made History, ed. by Jennifer Hansen. Greenhaven Press, 2003.
"A Political Vision of Afro-American Culture: Richard Wright’s "Bright and Morning Star'." In Richard Wright: Myths and Realities, ed. by C. James Trotman. Garland Publishing, 1988.
"I'm Sorry / What For." AWP, Boston, LIR, March 7, 2013.
"After Many a Summer Still Writing My Parents." Michael Steinberg's blog. November 28. 2012.
"And Titanic's Band Played On: 100 Years of a Musical Mystery." Multimedia performance, summer/fall 2012, five dates.
"Disenthralled: An End to My Heart Disease." Ashland University MFA program multimedia performance, August 3, 2011.
"The 'Author' in the Digital Age." Multimedia talk. Two venues, 2011.
"The Saddest Music Ever Written" multimedia presentation, fall 2010 National Tour, thirty dates.
Feature Articles, Essays, and Creative Nonfiction:
"Writing While Ill: Pathography, Then & Now." Shenandoah. Online journal 62.2.
"What Am I?" A history of San Diego in 20 objects. San Diego Reader. January 30, 2013.
"What Became of San Diego's Newspaper." The Awl. January 18, 2013.
"The Shifting Self." On Donald Morrill's The Untouched Minutes. Oxford American. Issue 78: August, 2012.
"Music, Memory, and Prose: On Joan Didion's Memoirs. Puerto del Sol. Volume 47, No. 1, Summer 2012.
"Book Critic Censored by San Diego Newspaper." Counterpunch. May 25-27, 2012.
"Year-Round Santa." San Diego Reader. June 27, 2012.
"Disenthralled: An End to My Heart Disease." River Teeth. Volume 13, No. 2. Spring 2012.
"Tased and Subdued, Throttled and Killed." San Diego Reader. February 22, 2012.