Sewanee memories

I have so many wonderful, wonderful memories of my nearly two weeks up “on The Mountain” at Sewanee Writers’ Conference. If I were a more disciplined memoirist, I could get a whole book out of those twelve days. But here, I have time only for these too-brief blog posts, so I’ll save my amazing workshop groupContinue reading “Sewanee memories”

Out of office: Sewanee 2015 and a new novel excerpt

So, I’m packing up and preparing for my trip to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. It’s an odd feeling, a bit of nerves and a bit of excitement, like going away for summer camp. Which, in many ways, I suppose this is: it’s camp for writers, where instead of crafts we have workshops and instead of smores we have alcoholContinue reading “Out of office: Sewanee 2015 and a new novel excerpt”

Sewanee 2015

Folks who pay attention to my Facebook page or my Twitter account might remember that a couple of months ago, I announced I had been accepted to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in Tennessee. I’ve been hyperventilating over my good fortune since then, excited about the opportunity to work with and learn from amazing writers, toContinue reading “Sewanee 2015”

Lidia Yuknavitch launches tshirts, and also her new novel, The Small Backs of Children

Last night, at Powell’s City of Books, the people of Portland, OR experienced magic. When I say the people of Portland, I don’t literally mean the whole city, but I very nearly mean it. For those not in the know, Powell’s famously takes up an entire city block, and last night, our literary crowd climbed to theContinue reading “Lidia Yuknavitch launches tshirts, and also her new novel, The Small Backs of Children”

Ryan Werner goes Soft

Gang, if you want to read something truly innovative, check out Ryan Werner’s “shattered novella” Soft. “Shattered novella” is what Ryan’s calling it, but really, it’s hard to know what to call this thing other than art. It is a novella, in the sense that it’s a unified narrative spanning a long period and coveringContinue reading “Ryan Werner goes Soft”

AWP Minneapolis wrap-up: my students respond

Back from Minneapolis less than 24 hours and I was in my classroom, rearranging the tables and spreading out all my books, magazines, brochures, business cards, submission flyers, notebooks, pens, fake tattoos, noisemakers, and buttons, creating my own miniature bookfair for my students. And yes, I let them take a lot of what I brought back (but not myContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis wrap-up: my students respond”

AWP Minneapolis: the bookfair haul

So, I’m back home in my beloved Portland, and despite having only carry-on bags for my trip, I’ve still managed to bring home quite a haul. Drew Andrews, The Shepherd’s Journals (Blue Skirt Press) Allie Marini Batts, Pictures from the Center of the Universe (Paper Nautilus) David Breeden, They’ve Played for Timelessness (with Chips ofContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: the bookfair haul”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 4 (part 2)

There’s good news and there’s better news: Last night’s “reading” wasn’t actually a reading — it was just a final excuse for all us writers to gather and enjoy each other’s company over a few drinks before we all dispersed to our various corners of the country. And that was wonderful. Despite how noisy andContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 4 (part 2)”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 4 (part 1)

Gang, I’m beat. But it’s the best kind of beat. You know that sort of exhaustion you feel after a really intense workout where you can’t move but you still want to because the workout felt so good, so immediately beneficial, that you want to do it all over again? I don’t know that feelingContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 4 (part 1)”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 3 — goddesses and gurus

Today. Has. Been. EPIC. My day began with writing exercises and the bookfair and a pretty solid panel on research for creative writing (and a strong shout-out for the indispensable service librarians provide everyone, not just writers and teachers)! And all of that was wonderful. And then Debra Monroe hugged me. I was headed toContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 3 — goddesses and gurus”