This spring, I’m teaching a new online course: a four-week bootcamp for structuring your novel. You’ll learn how to find dramatic potential in your protagonist and build a satisfying story, and will walk away with an understanding of plot structure and a detailed synopsis of your project. The course is open to all–those who haven’t started writing yet, and those in the middle of a thorny draft. It starts the last in week in March. Visit Catapult to learn more and sign up.
I’m thrilled to see my story, “The Hermit,” in print in issue 4.1 of The Maine Review. Living in a decaying neighborhood, a young woman thinks her only hope of salvaging her inheritance–and the life she hoped for–is to sell her mother’s rowhouse to the company planning to demolish her city block. But when a religious hermit moves into the abandoned house next store and begins dispensing wisdom through the boarded windows, she realizes her loyalties are more complicated than she thought. Ultimately she must decide what kind of neighbor she truly wants to be, and what it means to call a place home.
WHO WILL SPEAK FOR AMERICA?, a multigenre literary response to the current political crisis, is now available for preorder! You can order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite independent bookstore. The contributions—from established figures including Eileen Myles, Melissa Febos, Jericho Brown, and Madeleine Thien, as well as rising new voices, such as Carmen Maria Machado, Ganzeer, and Linda Finck—confront a country beset by racial injustice, poverty, misogyny, and violence. Lots more news to come in 2018.
To find news prior to 2018, visit my now defunct Tumblr.