She is the author of four books, most recently Invisible Beasts: Tales of the Animals that Go Unseen Among Us, a novel from Bellevue Literary Press; The Book of Telling: Tracing the Secrets of My Father's Lives, a memoir from Random House/Schocken Books; The Artificial Paradise: Science Fiction and American Reality, a scholarly study from University of Michigan Press; During Ceasefire, poetry, from Harper & Row; and Heredity and Other Inventions, a prizewinning poetry chapbook from C&R Press. Her prose and poetry have been published in The New York Times, Granta, The Paris Review, Stand, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Agni, Orion, Partisan Review, Parnassus, Harvard Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other journals.
She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, an M.A. in Creative Writing and English from Boston University, and an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing and English at Bowling Green State University.