Portland book porn

This afternoon, I sojourned once again into Portland. My destination was the Another Read Through bookstore, where I gave a reading with some of my fellow writers in the current issue of The Timberline Review. But by happy (or, more accurately, bittersweet) accident, this is also the final weekend for Portland’s beloved Reading Frenzy indie bookstore — theContinue reading “Portland book porn”

Hagridden’s birthday and the Burning River West Coast Tour

A few days ago, Hagridden turned 1 year old. It’s walking around and eating solid food and everything. (More tomorrow on Hagridden at one year old!) To celebrate, I took the novel on the road, joining Hagridden‘s older, smaller half-sibling, Box Cutters, and my sunnyoutside pressmate Christopher Bowen on his Burning River Prose and PoetryContinue reading “Hagridden’s birthday and the Burning River West Coast Tour”

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”

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”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 2 — panels and panels and panels

Today was the best kind of whirlwind. I was tired enough from last night that I wasn’t sure I would make it to my first panel at 9 am(!) but registration went fast and I’m damn glad I got to that first panel on writing personal essays in the Internet age. I was already lookingContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 2 — panels and panels and panels”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 1.2 — downtown, dinner, and friends

Just a quick note about my first evening in Minneapolis. There was a bit of a saga getting here, with a nearly 2-hour flight delay in Seattle (you might have enjoyed my comments on Facebook or Twitter), but I won’t rehash all that except to say that even with the timing screw-up, Alaska Airlines didContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 1.2 — downtown, dinner, and friends”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 1

This year, I debated for quite a while about making the trip to Minneapolis for this year’s AWP (a trip I’m on as you read this), because as much as I love AWP and as much as I have always wanted to visit Minneapolis (I hear fabulous things about that city), AWP always takes a tremendous amountContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 1”