Rose City Stories

February 27th, 2015

1407971583265These small beautiful moments from Joanna Rose, are a kind of meditation on being here. Subscribe, read, reread, breathe and find yourself there. You can find them here.

VoiceCatcher (and my story in it!)

January 24th, 2015

VCJournalHeaderArt My creative non-fiction piece, Left As It Was, It Would Come Apart, is available at VoiceCatcher Journal. It’s an excerpt from my almost completed memoir. I’m happy to have this piece out there. You can find it here.

Neurotic Tornado

October 30th, 2014

cover170x170Bill and I had a great time talking with Yuvi Zalkow for his podcast, Neurotic Tornado, a few weeks ago. You can listen here to our conversation about writers and our desire for alone time and how that is for the non-writing partner. And spilling over generally into the difference between those of us who love alone time and those who don’t need so much.  While you are at Neurotic Tornado check out some amazing conversations between Yuvi Zalkow and Sheri Blue and how they navigate the terrain of love and commitment.

“Carry the Sky”

October 14th, 2014

I finished reading Kate Gray’s book, “Carry the Sky” a few days ago. I’m still thinking about it. I love a story that leaves me wanting to talk about it with someone else. A story that leaves me with the voices of the narrators. It’s a beauty. So thank you Kate and thank you Forest Avenue Press.

A Simplified Map of the Real World

September 10th, 2013

1265660_206424739538412_1218559071_oHere’s something to celebrate:  Stevan Allred and his short story collection, A Simplified Map of the Real World, being published by Forest Avenue Press.

I celebrate this book for so many reasons, most being that it is a spectacular collection of linked stories filled with love and heartbreak, the dark side of being human, the light that can fill simple moments, and the many ways we try to find connection. And it’s about a small town. Of course I celebrate that. Plus in these stories there is not a wasted word or a poorly placed sentence. Stevan knows how to WRITE.

He also knows how to teach and that’s how I first met him and Joanna Rose, the Pinewood Table teachers. I studied with them for three years and not only did I grow as a writer, my community of writers grew as well. This is another reason I celebrate, that community, created at that table and extended beyond it, the generosity of each writer for the other to grow and learn and become better at what we do, and to be endlessly excited for each other when our work comes out in print. When it comes to Stevan Allred, we  already know what a powerhouse  writer he is, now we want the whole world to know.

C’mon out and hear Stevan read, come early and watch your book being made at the Espresso Book Machine. The celebration begins with the launch of A Simplified Map of the Real World at Powell’s Books,  7:30 pm Thursday, September 12th. If you can’t make it to the reading, you can buy the book at the usual places.