Poet, musician, and artist Marcia Pelletiere, a fellow alum of my MFA program, made a video for one of the prose poems in Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow. The piece is not a book trailer, but her artistic interpretation of something from my book that spoke to her. Huge thanks to Marcia! The poem was also published in The Cortland Review.
Nobody could have asked for a more heartfelt and gorgeous book launch than what I enjoyed last night at Why There Are Word Sausalito. I'll cherish the night forever.
Delighted to have "Girl on a Hobby Horse" published in the Valentine issue of Vestal Review. Vestal Review is "the world’s oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to flash fiction."
The story is included in my forthcoming book, Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow (pre-order here, if you will!) The following line is cited in Antonya Nelson's blurb for the book: I wished it would rain, to quench something.
Many thanks to editors Mark Budman and Susan O'Neill.
So looking forward to this event next Thursday with these amazing artists. Many thanks to the hard-working staff of the museum of americana. If you're in the neighborhood, please join us for what promises to be an unforgettable night.
Thanks to Grant Faulkner for a shout-out acknowledging Why There Are Words in his Poets & Writers' city guides for lit in San Francisco. Grant's guide covers a lot of literary territory. Check it out!
For seven years I've been organizing and hosting Why There Are Words in Sausalito. When I started the reading series back in 2010 I had a modest goal of getting twenty people in the room to hear a handful of area writers read their work, whether published or a work in progress. I had no idea that the seventh year would bring an expansion of the series to five other cities: NYC, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Austin, and Portland. I had no idea that I'd go on to found WTAW Press. Tonight, Jan. 12, 2017, is a special night in the WTAW organization's history, as I host the anniversary celebration and announce the Press's first authors and titles we'll publish this year. I can't wait!
WTAW Press is excited to offer its first class beginning Jan. 1, 2017: January Jump-Start Online Poetry Experience. Enrollment is open now. Read all about the course and sign up while the openings last.
I'm honored to be "In the Spotlight" at the AWP website. In my interview I answer questions about my writing process, current projects, my office, and much much more. Please check it out and see what you think!
For the past three weeks I've been running a crowdsourcing campaign for WTAW Press and the expansion of the Why There Are Words reading series to five other major US cities, and doing this has been an illuminating experience. The still above is part of a video put together by the talented Ryan Shiver, and if you need video for any project, I recommend contacting Ryan. Go to the "Why Ask Why?" campaign website and see what I mean. And while you're there, show WTAW a little love, please!
As of today, with just 9 days remaining, the campaign has raised $11,658 from 159 backers, 78% of our $15,000. I'm so grateful to our supporters.
I've learned so much through this experience, and I'd be happy to share that information with anyone who's considering running a crowdsourcing fundraiser. The biggest take-away? People are a puzzlement. As if we writers ever truly forget that fount.
I've been surprised and moved beyond measure by generosity that I could never have anticipated. And I've been baffled by odd and unpredictable responses too, none of which seem publishable in this forum.
Please check out the project and lend your support! You can play a role in making sure that the books that filter to your nightstand aren't those that one of the big 5 have decided are what you should read, based on the corporate bottom line. With my gratitude in advance!
Check out my interview at The Rumpus in which I discuss what kind of manuscripts I'm looking for at WTAW Press, why I started the publishing arm of Why There Are Words.
I talk about why I started the reading series in the first place, sharing a reason that's surprised some people.
And I share a little bit about my writing self, too, revealing an anecdote about my past that I don't believe I'd ever shared before.
Thanks to Marisa Siegel and Allison Landa for the interview! Allison is an incredible interviewer.