You're writing a novel, which is very exciting. What's it about?

My novel is called The Blessing of the Hounds. It's named after a fox hunt that takes place in Baltimore horse country on Thanksgiving morning. In one sense, my book is about a wealthy family who goes to a fox hunt in 2013. In another sense, it's about slavery, hegemony, tobacco, primitive accumulation, Brer Rabbit, preppy bros, DUIs, leftist academia, and the crushing legacy of 400 years of American history.

What can people expect from your reading?

I'm reading the first four pages from my novel. The passage is a fictionalized account of the April 1968 riots in Baltimore. Most of the events depicted in the passage really happened. If you want to learn more, you can check out the archives at the University of Baltimore.