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.

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I have a new article on perseverance and reinvention at mid-career out in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers. Find it here.

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"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. 

 

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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. 

 

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Check out Kirsten's article on her residency at The Mineral School in the March/April 2018 issue of Poets & Writers!

 

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Kirsten's collection, What We Do With the Wreckage, has won the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Prize! It will be published by the University of Georgia Press in the fall of 2018. 

 

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Save the date! October 7th, 2017: Hugo House and Write Our Democracy present the autumn 2017 "Write In" at the Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., Seattle, 10 a.m. Free and open to the public.