I’m proud to have a poem published in the latest issue of Minerva Rising Literary Journal! I’m loving the cover and the content of this food-themed issue, with all writing and artwork by women. I’m mainly a prose writer, so it’s an honor to get a poem out into the world. My piece, “Study in Wine and Stone,” is a loose sestina about Bordeaux, France, inspired by an assignment that my friend Kate O’Brien gave to our writing group, The Burning Baguettes, when we used to meet once a week over pizza and wine in our friend’s apartment in downtown Bordeaux to workshop our writing. Kate provided the words for the end of each of the six lines and challenged us to write a sestina about our adopted city. Almost a decade (and countless revisions) later, my poem has found a home!
I’m thrilled that my speculative fiction story, “From Dark Ridge,” has been published by The Red Line as part of their sex-themed issue. And, if the judge chooses my story as the winner out of the five chosen stories, I’ll win a prize! They’ve also chosen some cool images to accompany the story. The Red Line is a British magazine whose aim is to publish English-language writing by people all over the world. Check it out!
I’ve created a YouTube channel to share some videos of my literary and musical performances.
On Saturday, July 12, I participated in the Oakland Beast Crawl. It was a fantastic time! I got to hear so much great writing, talk to a bunch of awesome writers, and perform my own work! And it was all captured on video.
Charles Kruger and I co-hosted the Bay Area Generations reading at Era Art and Wine Bar. We both performed as surprise musical guests interspersed between three intergenerational pairs of writers. It was fun to sing “Pacific Song” a cappella. Here’s the video.
The crawl was a wonderful celebration of the Bay Area literary community, and I’m honored to have been a part of it. Thank you so much to all the organizers, curators, readers, musicians, and audience members…
Writing That Risks: New Work From Beyond The Mainstream, which I co-edited with Liana Holmberg, is the first book out from Red Bridge Press. I’m so pleased that the anthology has been getting some great reviews! Links below:
Hannah Rodabaugh in [PANK]
Robert O’Connell in Switchback
Lauren Egger-Crowe in Trop
It feels great when reviewers clearly understand our mission with the anthology – to present writing that takes risk in both form and content in different ways – and it feels even better when they think we’ve succeeded! Keep in touch with Red Bridge Press by signing up for the mailing list. We’re planning a lot of exciting things for 2014 – including the launch of a webzine (I’ll be the fiction editor), participating in the AWP conference in Seattle in February, and, later in the year, announcing our next publication.
After reading at the inaugural edition of the new Bay Area Generations reading series last month, curators Charles Kruger and Sandra Wassilie asked me to be the guest curator and host of this month’s reading. I’m thrilled and honored to be helping present some amazing cross-generational pairs of local writers in the gorgeous library at the Berkeley City Club Monday, October 28, 7-9 pm.
The lineup for this month’s reading is:
John Oliver Simon + Alana Cybele Zufolo
Stephen Kopel + John Rowe
Karen Penley + GP Skratz
Maw Shein Win + Matt Cantor
Anne Franken + Martin A. David
Plus a return engagement by musicians Miles Karp + Steven Gray
About Bay Area Generations:
The format of this series, our “gimmick” if you will, is that each “reader” is actually an intergenerational creative couple who perform as a pair. Each show includes three to five pairs of readers and one pair of musicians.
We encourage our contributors to be creative within this format, stipulating only that they propose a combined performance lasting no more than 10 to 15 minutes.
“Generations” includes no introductions or banter, but we do provide a program which provides statements from each pair of readers.