New Poem in Hermeneutic Chaos

I'm grateful to Hermeneutic Chaos for including a poem of mine in their July issue, which came out this week. The best part of publishing in literary magazines is the surprise of meeting the other voices your work gets placed with... I think this issue is especially lovely for how the poems and stories work together. It almost feels like we were writing a chapbook together. I'm also becoming more and more partial to litmags that support audio recordings of the work. In this case, the ... Continue Reading
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Writing as Advocacy

Writing takes so many forms. Sometimes it's a joyful and personal practice. Sometimes it's a letter to a loved one. Sometimes it's a story that cracks open a new world. And sometimes writing is a tool for change. I'm thinking about that last one in the wake of another police shooting. I haven't always been sure about my relationship to writing as advocacy, even though I worked in social change for a long time. When you're at the table with people trading money, influence, and political ... Continue Reading
An Alphabet of Embers

An Alphabet of Embers is Here!

Today is the day — An Alphabet of Embers is live and ready for readers! The book is available on Amazon, with reviews and more on Goodreads as well. Like I've shared before, this is a pinch-me moment in my writing journey. I’m so honored that my story, "Outfitting the Restless Heart, or How the Sky Was Made" is part of this anthology. It’s the first short story of mine to be published, and I can’t imagine a better home for it. Watching the early reviews come out has been surreal… ... Continue Reading

Field Notes from Oceana County

We spent part of last weekend at our family's new cabin in Oceana County. Everyone else wants to say, "We're going to the cabin." or "We're going up north." but I prefer "I'm going to Oceana," because of all the county names in Michigan, that has to be one of the most beautiful. Oceana, Oceana, Oceana. It's like an incantation of water and wilderness. It reminds me of how, when Carl and I moved back to Michigan from San Francisco, we mentioned that Lake Michigan was one of the things we ... Continue Reading
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How the Lyric Essay Brought Me Back to Writing Essays

I'm excited to share that the spring 2016 issue of Watershed Review is live and includes my essay, "Orienteering." I'm excited to have this one out in the world, as it includes some moments that really wanted to be written about. This is the first essay I've had out in the world in over 10 years, after experiences that led me to step away from essays entirely. I recently shared that story on The Writing Cooperative: Poetry is my first love, but essays were calling to me. I was reading ... Continue Reading