The long-awaited debut from memoirist Jenny Forrester

Next week, my dear friend Jenny Forrester will release her first book, the already-lauded memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky, from Portland’s acclaimed Hawthorne Books. On the Colorado Plateau between slot canyons and rattlesnakes, Jenny Forrester grew up with her mother and brother in a single-wide trailer proudly displaying an American flag. Forrester’s powerfully eloquent storyContinue reading “The long-awaited debut from memoirist Jenny Forrester”

Kelly Luce and a literary communion

Last night I went to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma to see my friend Kelly Luce read from her new novel, Pull Me Under. Kelly was in my workshop group at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in summer 2015; another fellow Sewanee alum, Jason Skipper, teaches at PLU and had organized Kelly’s visit to the campus. IContinue reading “Kelly Luce and a literary communion”

My literary tshirts

Earlier this week, my teenage nephew sent me a tshirt that has become — immediately upon its removal from the padded envelope — one of my favorite tshirts: Metaphors I mean seriously, how amazing is that? (It’s available from JC Penny if you want one of your own.) But it got me thinking about some of my otherContinue reading “My literary tshirts”

A lot of literary news

Between my new job reading for Jersey Devil Press, my recent publication in the awesome pitch issue of Sententia, and my wading into the deep, cool waters of the Portland literary scene, my authorial connections have grown exponentially in the past month or so. Which is awesome. But it also means that I know more coolContinue reading “A lot of literary news”

A Permanent Relationship With Words: Literary Tattoos (via Amanda Rudd’s Blog)

This blog post about literary tattoos is awesome in its own right, but I particularly love it because it links to a site called The Word Made Flesh, which is so cool I’ve added it to my links. Check out both — you’ll love them! This is the first official post for the newly-instated “Free-For-AllContinue reading “A Permanent Relationship With Words: Literary Tattoos (via Amanda Rudd’s Blog)”

11-11: Literary magazine review (Annalemma)

Part of my 11-11 reading list includes literary journals and magazines, and because I want to support them as much as I can (I rely on them for publications, after all!), I’ve decided to try to read at least one full issue of a different magazine each month. But it’s fairly difficult to do thatContinue reading “11-11: Literary magazine review (Annalemma)”

Photo blog 22

Many thanks to my old college friend, Erin Hostetler, who drove me out to Concord in the snow to see Walden, the graves of the Alcotts, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau, and this, the house in which Hawthorne lived and wrote.