My article about literary festivals and conferences in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic recently appeared in the July/August 2020 issue of Poets & Writers. “It was important for us to take a step back and look again at our mission statement and remind ourselves our mission isn’t to put on a spring conference,” says Ed Southern. “Our mission is to connect, educate, promote, and serve writers.” To read more about online efforts in the literary community, please click here.
My piece covering the thirtieth session of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference recently appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Poets & Writers. “Perhaps the best indication of the conference’s Southern roots,” writes Alice McDermott, “is how deeply and leisurely, warmly and wittily, people at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference talk to one another.” To read more about the conference’s history and its 2019 gathering, please click here.
My review of Sophia Shalmiyev’s Mother Winter (Simon & Schuster, 2019) recently appeared at Longreads. “There can be no periods at the end of Sappho’s translations,” writes Shalmiyev in her debut memoir, “because she is forever unfinished business to us.” To read more of “Mothers of the Future,” please click here.
My piece about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering’s 35th anniversary appears in the January/February 2019 issue of Poets & Writers. “By and large, it’s women and men from ranching,” says Hal Cannon, keynote speaker for the 2019 event, “people who live that life, who live in open spaces, and who have daily encounters with animals and work. It’s a great perspective for poetry and stories.” To read a brief history of cowboy poetry, please click here.
This morning, Shirley Magazine published my short story “The Shrines” in their Doubles issue. Shirley publishes stories that don’t clearly belong to any one genre, stories that expose the worms crawling under the rock. Their main influences include Shirley Jackson, Bruno Schulz, Franz Kafka, Flannery O’Connor, Margaret Atwood, Kelly Link, Amelia Gray, and Leonora Carrington.