Forest Cross

Picture: Grace Cole Park in Lake Forest Park, WA

It has been a wild year-plus of change (and I’m not even talking about the election…). I’m grateful for new home in north end, and a healthy baby boy who’s already walking around! We’re a family of four now, and there is no lack of energy in our household.

I’m also excited to be back teaching at Hugo House! I’m resurrecting the 8-week “Saturday Morning Fiction Workshop,” starting in mid-February at the temporary location of Hugo House, adjacent to O’Dea High School and the Frye Art Museum (directions). It has been over a year since I’ve taught, and I’m anxious to get back to scrawling graphs on the whiteboard.

I have two stories coming out soon. The first, “Libidonomics,”is going to be coming out in the Spring/Summer issue of Post Road Magazine, instead of the Fall/Winter issue as I said in earlier posts (I apologize, as I know you were in deep, life-altering suspense over its publication). The second, “The Island,” is set to be published in late January by Green Mountains Review. I’ll post a link once each of them go live.

Be well! – Ross

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Pictured: Bewick’s Wren, outside our window.

Ah, fall. My favorite time of year. It has been a busy summer, here’s hoping for a fall that is quiet in the best ways. Here’s an update.

1 On October 27th, for Seattle’s annual Lit Crawl in Capitol Hill, I’m reading a new short story alongside Peter Mountford (The Dismal Science), Nicole Hardy (Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin), and Paulette Perhach (“F*#@ off Fund”). The theme of the reading is “A Fool and His-or-Her Money…” and my story involves Antiques Roadshow and empire building. Here’s the link on Facebook to the event. For those not down with Zuckerberg and Co., the reading takes place at Capitol Cider at 9 p.m.

2 Spartan‘s third print annual is now out to read! We’ll have it available for purchase online shortly — I’ll update you when that happens, with links. The party at Phinney Books was well attended, the readings by D.A. Navoti, Ian Denning, and Barrett were superb, as was the afterparty, all thanks to Tom Nissley at the bookstore, Dane Bahr at Dock Street Press, and all the wonderful Seattle booklovers who made it out.

3 On that note, Spartan‘s fall online issue is also now live, featuring fiction from Ben Loory, Heather Jacobs, and Sean Gill. You can read it here.

4 Alas, we’ve moved from fair Ballard to Lake Forest Park. So we’ve changed neighborhoods, got a bigger house for our growing family, and now live in the forest, with owls and beavers and woodpeckers doing Wild America stuff in our yard. But we are still near town, which I think is just fine.

Be well!

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Choo Choo


Picture: BNSF at Shilshole

Fall has arrived! Here are a couple of updates.

  1. Spartan and myself and my partner-in-crime Miles Wray are hosting a reading at Phinney Books on September 29th at 7 p.m., in conjunction with Dock Street Press’s monthly literary salon. We’ll be celebrating the release of our third print issue with readings by local contributors Ian Denning, Q. Lindsey Barrett, and D.A. Navoti. We will also have wine and beer and water. Come!
  2. After a long delay brought on by the wonderful craziness of the new addition to my family and a move across the city to a bigger home for the kiddos, I’m getting back into teaching winter quarter. I’ll post more details as they come about.


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