I’ve got a few events coming up on the calendar, folks, if you’re in America’s Pacific Northwest and want to come out to say hi.
The first isn’t so much an event of mine as an event I’m attending: my local arts and literature community, Creative Colloquy, is celebrating their third anniversary this coming Monday. I’m not on the official line-up, but I might try to hit the open mic; I might even read my story “An Understanding,” which appeared in Creative Colloquy’s online magazine a few months ago. I’m also contributing a copy of Hagridden to a prize basket — full of books by local writers/Creative Colloquy contributors — for the evening’s raffle, so if you want to grab a bucket o’ books, that would be a great opportunity to do so!
Then a couple of weekends later, on April 1, I’ll be at Another Read Through in Portland, from 1:30-3 pm, for the Timberline Review Poets & Writers Read event. My story “Ashfall” was in their Winter/Spring 2017 issue, and this one is a good, old-fashioned print magazine, gang so if you want a copy, you’ll have to order one online or else come out to Another Read Through and pick one up. They make it worthwhile, of course — in addition to some wonderful poets and writers in the issue, Timberline Review and Another Read Through are also offering wine and appetizers! It’s a lit party. Come celebrate.
And then, a few weeks after that, I’ll be down in Lacey, WA, to join my friend Alec Clayton for the Local Author Spotlight at the Lacey Timberland Library. Alec is a fellow Southern transplant (he’s from Mississippi; I grew up in Texas), so we’re going to talk Southern fiction: you’ll not only get a chance not only to hear us read, but you can also ask us questions or — because we’re both Southerners and this is what we do — just sit around and shoot the breeze with us. We’re going to hang out from 5:30-7 pm, and I can promise that if you let us, we’ll talk your ears off in that time.
I’m looking forward to all these events, and here’s hoping I run into some of you in the next month or so!