After a week full of writing and podcast news I knew I needed to share an update. It’s been a whirlwind by me– a whirlwind I’m incredibly grateful for.

Here’s what you’ll find in this post:

  • Home Is a Made-Up Place new book announcement
  • Pushcart Prize nomination
  • the new season of Let’s Talk memoir is here
  • I’ll be at AWP

Home is a Made-Up Place Preorders!

About ten years ago my first published short story was nominated by Red Fez for the Pushcart Prize and now, I’m so very pleased to announce that it will also appear in my new short story collection HOME IS A MADE-UP PLACE which will be in the world on 2.28.23!

Featuring stories that first appeared/won awards in The Iowa Review, American Literary Review Best New Writing and Sequestrum, plus new stories, this collection won Hidden River Arts’ 2020 Eludia Award for short fiction and will be published by Motina Books.

I’m so happy to see these all of these stories together for the first time between these pages. Reading them over during copyedits brought me back to the worlds within each of them; I missed these people and places who feel like family to me and I am so pleased I get to share them with new readers.

Thank you to my publisher Motina Books, and to Josh Durham of Design by Committee for this cover which exceeded my dreams.

Pre-orders are now open. Here’s a link to get the e-book, paperback pre-orders will open soon.

Pushcart Nomination!

Just last week I learned that Hippocampus Magazine nominated my flash nonfiction piece “We Had No Woman” for the 2022 Pushcart Prize. Thank you to the editors at Hippocampus for this honor. I’m grateful to be among these writers and their work.

You can read my piece and the other nominated pieces here.

Let’s Talk Memoir – Season 2!

Let’s Talk Memoir season two is under way and there are now 19 episodes of the show available. This season I’m covering voice, writing about family secrets, braided memoir, nonlinear memoir, what it’s like to come from other creative disciplines to memoir, advocating for our work, co-writing a memoir and more. If you are a Let’s Talk Memoir listener you can share the show with friends, leave a review on Apple, drop me a message about what you’d like to have me cover, or all three!

New episodes drop every Tuesday through April! Here’s the link to listen.

Find Me at AWP!

Finally, I’ll be moderating and speaking at AWP this March in Seattle. During our session entitled “Neither The Madonna nor Mommy Dearest: Why and How to Write Real Mothers” my co-panelists and I will be discussing the portrayal of mothers in our work. This panel addresses the misogynistic cultural paradigms for motherhood and explores how memoirists can avoid that trap while writing truthfully about complex and painful experiences. Writers on this panel will share their approach for writing about the complicated maternal relationships without contributing directly to centuries of misogyny w/ ample time for attendee Q & A.

More info on AWP here.

That’s all for now, I’ll be back next month in 2023. Happy, happy holidays and thank you for sharing this time with me.