Check out this list of the best reads of 2018 from The Masters Review, which I am a volunteer reader for. Some of my favorites from 2018 were Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (discussed in the article), Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, and My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh.
I will be reading as part of the Idyllwild Storytellers series at Middle Ridge Winery on Saturday, November 10, at 7 PM. Idyllwild Arts alum Emily Clarke will read with me, and an open mic will follow. The event will run from 7-9 PM, and it is open to the public!
Middle Ridge Winery
Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery
54301 N. Circle Dr.
P.O. Box 4157
Idyllwild, CA 92549
This summer, The Chautauqua Institution in New York launched a new program for young writers, which Kenyatta Rogers of the Chicago High School of the Arts and I taught at. Read an article about the new program in The Chautauquan Daily.
Here is a short essay of mine in Fiction Southeast on teaching with Dave Eggers’ short-short story, “How the Water Feels to the Fishes.”
I am honored to be a participant in Unstitched States, a collaborative quilt created by artists and writers and edited by Gretchen Henderson and Allison Dalton. The quilt is meant to serve as a humble statement of inclusivity and solidarity. It is “a testament to the principles of equality and dignity. A record of and reaction to our US in 2017; a piecing together of our future.”
On quilting, Gretchen Henderson says, “Quilting is an often overlooked craft…However, quilting summons many associations that make it an apt metaphor for this project: fostering community (through quilting circles/bees); reusing materials for functional reasons of necessity and warmth (often gifted); re-membering history and bequeathing a legacy; humility; co-creating and crafting new patterns; portable to take wherever you go (in this case across country and across borders); and often considered ‘women’s work,’ among other associations.”
In the spirit of stitching together divides, we have left blank spaces in our quilt to invite visitors to think about how they would contribute to this quilt, or even start a new quilt. However you define “community” and “quilt,” we invite you to stitch across the borders in your midst.
It’s short-short season (at least for Rose Metal Press)!
Their short-short chapbook contest is open for submissions from November 1 to December 1, and now includes nonfiction manuscripts as well. This year’s contest is judged by Amelia Gray.
Click here for details!