"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!

 

 

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.  

 

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.