- 2017 INDIES Finalist
- Finalist, Poetry (Adult Nonfiction)
American Purgatory is a story of the working class, a dystopia set in a near-future United States marked by severe drought, herbicidal warfare, and a totalitarian climate of poverty; populated by those who believe if that they work hard enough, they will be set free. Against this backdrop, three unlikely characters begin a journey that will take them away from work, belief, and even each other. American Purgatory is a coming-of-age for capitalism written in the decade of tea-party terror.