“It’s a real privilege to have talented friends”

Back in spring of 2015, I was looking for fresh material to bring into my composition classroom, and I happened to have a batch of students who were itching to break out of the essay rut and write in response to some literature. So I shared some widely-anthologized essays and some interesting editorials from major newspapers, butContinue reading ““It’s a real privilege to have talented friends””

The Portland lit community and Monica Drake’s The Folly of Loving Life

The other night (on Leap Day!) I headed to Powell’s City of Books here in Portland for the release of Monica Drake’s already-lauded new book — her first story collection — The Folly of Loving Life. I love Monica’s work, her two novels and the wonderful essays she publishes, and she also happens to be aContinue reading “The Portland lit community and Monica Drake’s The Folly of Loving Life”

The Portland release party: photos!

Portland, Oregon, is my home, a city I love like no other. And last night, my city loved me back. We had the Hagridden release party at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, a very cool DIY printing workshop/zine library/classroom/event space/living museum of all things indie publishing. And yes, we had the books by the bar andContinue reading “The Portland release party: photos!”

Portland release party for Hagridden

Today’s the day, gang! I’ve only been back in my home city of Portland for a few days, but it’s been enough to rest up from my big Southern book tour, and now it’s PDX’s turn for a Hagridden party! And folks, this one’s gonna be a doozy. We’re at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, one ofContinue reading “Portland release party for Hagridden”