Croley's essays have appeared in Literary Hub, The Paris Review Daily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.
The Failures of a Wunderkind—I was predicted to have early success—whatever that means—as a young writer. I didn’t. If you have ever failed at this (who hasn’t?), then you might find solace in my story. And perseverance. And stubbornness in the face of good judgment.
Fully Half Korean—Nadja Spiegelman gave me a chance to write about embracing my Korean heritage in fiction, something I avoided for years. I have lived with two heritages my whole life, ignoring but not ignoring my Korean ancestry for much of it. It’s complicated.
Kissing Paris Goodbye—I was thankful to have poet Brian Turner to ask me to submit an essay for the “Kiss Series” running at Guernica. I wrote about a last kiss that should have never happened.
Falling into Fear—After the election of Donald Trump, I thought I needed to buy a gun.
The Time I Played Catch with Annie Dillard—This isn't what I would have titled this essay but I did play catch with Annie and in those moments in the sun, I learned a lot about who I was and, I think now, who I wasn't.