Debut Novel


Pictured: Haystack Rock, Summer 2016

I’m thrilled to say that my debut novel, The Hummingbirds, will be published in early 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing! I’m incredibly grateful to my brilliant agent Reiko Davis and extraordinary editor Alexandra Hess for all they’ve done to make this happen. Now please excuse me while I pinch myself…

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Fogged In

Photograph: Fog over the Oregon Coast

Amidst this foggy time, some cool stuff has been brewing.

A short story of mine, “The Island,” has been published by the Vermont literary journal Green Mountains Review. Many thanks to editor Jensen Beach for giving it a home.

Also, the literary journal I edit, Spartan, has some cool updates.

  1. Spartan’s three print issues are now for sale online, here.
  2. Our fall issue was reviewed by a writer at Newpages.
  3. A handful of our contributors had books come out in 2016 and 2017. You can see them here.

Finally, there’s still time to sign up for my winter writing workshop at the Richard Hugo House, which starts in mid-February. Details here.

Be well,


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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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