Reading and Rock Piles

Rockpile

Pictured: Rock Slide.

I had a great time reading with Matthew Simmons, Corinne Manning, and Robert P. Kaye last week for the first Seattle Fiction Federation event at the Richard Hugo House. Here’s video of me reading a short story called “Below the Falls,” which first appeared last autumn in Shenandoah.

Also, I’ll be reading alongside Brian McGuigan and Kristen Young at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center on Saturday, September 6th at 3 p.m. It’s an event called “Parents Writing About Parenting” and should be lot of fun! Here’s the details.

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Path

Path

Photo: Mason Lake Path.

A couple of bits of news! A story I published in Green Mountains Review a year or so ago is going to be included in 826 Seattle’s yearly anthology, What to Read in the Rain. I’m very excited about this, and I’ll let you know when it hits the shelves.

Also, I’m co-teaching a class this fall with Robin Oliveira at the Richard Hugo House. The topic is revising your novel. Once signups are live I will post the information. It’s a ten-week class and I think it will be a lot of fun.

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Divide River

YakStump

Photo: Yakima River.

I just got back from a wonderful week in Portland, Oregon, where I took part in the Tin House writer’s conference. It was incredible. My mind is still churning from all the craft talks, readings, and conversations. And I couldn’t have asked for better teacher/mentors than Matthew Specktor and Anthony Doerr. They challenged me in ways I hadn’t been challenged before, both in terms of the writing itself and the writing life. I’m grateful.

Some other cool news: a short story of mine, “Fit to Scale,” has been accepted for publication by the literary journal Redivider, which is housed by Emerson College in Boston! I’ll send you a link when it comes out in print.

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