Remember how I returned to my hometown at the end of March to launch my book at my hometown indie bookstore? Well the reaction to my hair (quite short) ended up being bigger than the reaction to my book. I wrote about how strange that homecoming reception was in this essay for Literary Hub.
What is PNW Literature?
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…
Hanging With My Idol and Reading in My Hometown: A Dispatch From My Latest Book Tour Events
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…
Conquering the Devil
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…
New Interview Up at Vol. 1 Brooklyn
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.
All That Goodbye to All That
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…
Interview in Eleven PDX Magazine
In which I infiltrate a cool kid’s magazine normally reserved for musicians and talk about dirty realism, regionalism, and being a feminist writer who writes from the male perspective. Also I ramble for a while about Raymond Carver, natch.
My book baby is nearly a month and a half old now—they grow up so fast. This launch season has been a whirlwind, but I’m thankful for every chaotic minute of it. Pre-launch, I had one event at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s fall conference. The whole event consisted of me sitting at a table…
Siblings and Other Disappointments is out now.
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New Story up, and a Little Dream Come True
Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing my short story “The Girl” published over at Joyland Magazine. The story is about a married woman in the midst of an affair who becomes obsessed with a stripper at a club she visits with her lover. What tangled webs… It’s set in Portland and involves the…