I've been asking myself that a lot since returning home to Washington last summer. My first book, Siblings and Other Disappointments, is my most characteristically Pacific Northwest. It's hard to imagine my characters' stories being lived in other small towns, near other mountains and rivers, across other agriculturally dependent landscapes. But perhaps that is what every … Continue reading What is PNW Literature?
My book has been out for almost six months, and I still can't believe how fast the time has gone by since I held that first copy in my hands. 2017 has gifted me with two memorable bookstore events that were equally special but in very different ways. I chose to spend my thirtieth birthday … Continue reading Hanging With My Idol and Reading in My Hometown: A Dispatch From My Latest Book Tour Events
My talented and witchy friend Ru gave me a yearly tarot reading to kick off 2017. It had a balance of good and bad cards, with possibly the worst falling on my birthday month of February: the Devil. She explained to me that the card didn't necessarily mean I should be looking over my shoulder … Continue reading Conquering the Devil
One of my favorite people in NYC, Tobias Carroll of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, interviewed me about my book, Raymond Carver (surprise surprise), and how politics will start affecting my writing. You can read the interview here.
Every writer who leaves NYC has written about leaving NYC since Joan Didion famously wrote "Goodbye to All That" in her seminal essay collection Slouching Towards Bethlehem. It was only a matter of time until I did it too. When you want to see them, the signs are everywhere. I spent three years looking for … Continue reading All That Goodbye to All That