first novel, Flickering Shadows (Coffee House Press, 1996)
was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New
Writers Award, Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award
and was listed among the Library Journal's top 20 first novels of 1996.
His second novel, Pictures
of a Dying Man (Coffee House Press, 1999), was listed among the
Village Voice's best 25 books of 1999, won the Commonwealth of
Virginia Literary Award, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award,
was a finalist and received honorable mention for the Gustavus
Myers Book Award, and was nominated for the Governor's Award
for the Arts (Virginia). In 2003 he received the Whiting
Writers Award and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Alumnus
of the Year Award.
His third novel is
under consideration. He currently is working on his fourth manuscript of prose fiction.