Ever since this past winter when I read Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus, I've been thinking a lot about absurdism. In his book, Camus argues that life is meaningless, there is no god, etc. Once a person leaves religion and is left with this hopelessness, the question Camus poses is: should a person kill herself in … Continue reading Writing is Religion
Last October, the Literary Happy Hour reading series tasked me with presenting a piece on the subject of fear. I read a short story about marriage—to be fair, that’s a real fear of mine. What I was working on was this essay about a woman’s fear of not speaking up, now up on Vol. 1 … Continue reading Glossophobia
I traveled to Portland on Friday to host a Joyland PNW reading at the Portland Lit Crawl. This was my second Lit Crawl event this fall and second time hosting on behalf of Joyland PNW. As host, I wanted to address the question I'm asking as I read submissions to this region's section in Joyland. … Continue reading What is PNW Lit? A Redux
The thoughtful and terrific Jane Hodges, founder of the Mineral School residency in Mineral, Washington, kindly asked me to be the subject of their blog interviews last month. I completely forgot to re-post until now. Better late than never! The interview goes into what I'm writing, who I'm reading, where I'm volunteering, and my hot … Continue reading Blog on my Blog
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.