for Matchbook for a Mother's Hair
"‘Matchbook for a Mother’s Hair’ is as startling as it is accomplished. This tale of a strange and heartbreaking sexual awakening mesmerizes the reader with its ever-quickening spiral of dark curiosity. The story’s frenzied build-up leads to an ending of unexpected tenderness and depth. A compelling story that demands to be reread."
—2005 Journey Prize Jury (James Grainger and Nancy Lee)