It’s been a great summer! I have new fiction in Michigan Quarterly Review’s summer 2019 issue, CALYX Journal’s most recent issue as well (read the full story online here).
I had the privilege of being in conversation with Hugo House Prose-Writer-in- Residence and debut novelist Kristen Millares Young for The Millions. Read our discussion of everything from politics to motherhood here.
I’ll be reading with Gail Folkins and Shin Yu Pai on September 22, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Black Dog Arts Cafe in Snoqualmie. Join us there!
Book launch day is fast approaching! In the meantime, here’s a Q&A from the lovely folks at UGA Press.
Friends, it’s almost book launch time! Here are a few events coming up in the next couple of months:
October 11th, I’ll read with the This is the Place authors at Seattle’s Lit Crawl.
October 19th is the launch reading for What We Do With the Wreckage! Join me to celebrate my new collection at Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, starting at 6 p.m.
November 17th, from noon-1 p.m. I’ll be at my beloved hometown bookstore, the Edmonds Bookshop, with the new collection.
I’ll update this space with any additional events as they’re planned.
I have a new article on perseverance and reinvention at mid-career out in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers. Find it here.
"When I teach, I tell my students this: We write in community. What I mean by this is that writing is an act of connection, a communion. When I write, I’m holding out my hand to the world and its beauties, its heartbreaks and mysteries, its crowds of other imperfect and complex people. And, of course, I’m also forging a connection with my reader — who (I hope!) will see my words and think, Yes! It’s not just me! I’m not alone after all. We’re in this together. I may be alone when I actually put words onto the page, but the great majority of a writing life is about community, not solitude." Up at Hugo House's "Keep Writing" blog now: more of my thoughts on how the idea of writing as a purely solitary endeavor is a myth, and why we really need communities of writers.
Save the date for the June 9th, 2018 Write Our Democracy/Hugo House "Teach-In," featuring mini-classes led by Seattle writers Anastacia-Renée, Kristen Millares Young, Wendy Call, and Seattle Escribe's Dalia Maxum. The "Teach-In" will be followed by readings from these stellar Seattle voices. And--as always--this Write Our Democracy event is free and open to all.
Check out Kirsten's article on her residency at The Mineral School in the March/April 2018 issue of Poets & Writers!