Preorders are open for my long awaited (by me) short story collection, Trick of the Porch Light
. I would so appreciate you heading to Mouthfeel Press
and clicking Yes to buying. :)
As previously reported on this page, my poem God's Weekend Visit
was an honorable mention in the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize. Here
, you can read it on page 139. It's a huge compendium of poetry!
This lovely video
--much of which I did not understand--popped up on YouTube. Spanish speakers, while I know she gave it a thumbs up, if there is anything I should know, send a message!
A wonderful article in The Columbian
by Scott Hewitt about the inspiration for What the Moon Did.
I'll be reading with others from my MFA program on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30. Here
is the link to join. More information
Enter the second Goodreads Giveaway
starting March 17-April 16. Signed book and moon swag!
My poem Vancouver Lake, Washingto
n in the latest edition of Catamaran.
Local launch for What the Moon Did
! Vancouver/Portland friends, pals, family. Please come to my first reading in a bookstore for a long time. Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 pm (PST)
, at Birdhouse Books
in downtown Vancouver. Come for the story! Stay for the cookies and punch.
A poetry reading for the launch of SHIFT,
Volume 5. February 24, 2023 at 6 pm (CST)
. More information to come.
First reading for the launch of What the Moon Did
at Literati Books
in Ann Arbor, a Zoom reading on February 27 at 4 pm (PST)/7 pm (EST)
. Join Darien Gee
and me online as we talk books, generational healing, friendship, and staying the course as a novelist. Check the store's site here
for log in information.
I will be signing books and talking story at AWP in Seattle, March 8-11. Please come see me at the Bookfair at the Flexible Press booth (T1401) the 9th from 11-12
, at Sheila-Na-Gig's booth (T534) the 10th from 10:30-12,
at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program booth (742) the 10th from 12-12:30
, and at the Rainier Writers Workshop Booth (710) on the 11th from 2-3
a searchable map.
If you missed the online reading/discussion at Literati Books, you can watch it here.
Darien Gee and I talk about writing, inspiration, and how truth and fiction come together.
, a flash piece about snails and not really about snails, at Barely South.
A poem about odd messages found on birds in Stone Poetry Quarterly
. Catch It
My poem God's Weekend Visit
is a current finalist in the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize
. Results in January. Fingers crossed.(Uncross them, but still happy to have been a finalist.)
published this poem in a lovely journal, and now Post-Apocalyptia
is online. Click to page 76.
published a few of my thoughts about Shakespeare and how he continues to inform writing, four hundred years after his death.
My poem When the Telephone Had a Curly Cord
was called out when I was received an International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review
My submission packet to the Baltic Writing Residency landed me a semi-finalist spot, which would be a sad thing except I was in a list of "non-winners" of high skill and talent. I will apply again!
This is a fun list of
five Shakespeare books I thought would only add pleasure to anyone's enjoyment of the bard.
Here's a YouTube video
produced by SNHU's MFA program. I've had the pleasure of teaching for them for four years, and was asked to chat about writing, genre, and time travel.
After eleven long years of submitting some form of a short story collection, Trick of the Porch Light
will be published by Mouthfeel Press
, Fall 2023.
--was inspired by a sad dog loss. Here in Press 53.
It appeared in January, and somehow, I missed its birth.
My poem Barbie Dream
in a celebratory Barbie-based edition of Limp Wrist
Reading with quite an amazing group of poets, all of us writing to the theme of Barbie (her birthday is 3/9!). Join us
for the reading on 3/16/ 2022 at 7 pm (EST). The poems go live 3/1 and 3/9 on Limp Wrist.
and Naming Conventions
in the latest edition of Mollyhouse
. Free to download.
Recent acceptances from Texlandia, Limp Wrist, December.
What Glory Chose
, a short story that quite literally came from a dream, was the first runner-up in StoryQuarterly's
annual fiction contest and will be published this year with the other winners.
My poem Grim Honey
is having a good day here on Verse Daily
Reading January 12! Flash fiction Forum
, a great reading series, now online. Please join us at 7 pm PST.
A nice review about Grim Honey here
My latest poetry manuscript Ranch House at the End of the World was a finalist in the Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize. It is currently a finalist in Madville Press's contest. Let's see what happens next. What happened next, sadly, was that my manuscript was not picked. But onward!
My poem A Long Way From Home is happily ensconced in Tar River Poetry, Volume 61.
In other prize placement news, Grim Honey
was a top notable book in the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition. Click
to page 96.
I have the keen desire to sing Someday My Prince Will Come
when thinking about my short story collection and its also-ranness. But still, happy to be longlisted
for Steel Toe Books' annual contest.
I will be reading my poem Girl Bird Ready
for the launch of Welter Online
. Please join us here on Zoom
. Tuesday, December 7th at 6 pm EST (3 pm PST). Read the poem here
I had a computer disaster just before part one of this workshop on writing grief and loss, but we ended up having a great time. Click here for the discussion in part one
. Also available, part two,
which was a critique of the participants' poems.
Please join me at a Quiet Lightning
reading on November 1 at 6 pm, PST.
If you missed the reading, here is a video
(I'm third) but stay for some amazing work.
You can fast-forward a bit and then you will find me here
chatting about poems, grief, and loss and how we write about them.
While the reviewer from the Historical Novel Society took a bit of umbrage over my changing of the facts--as well she should--this nice review
of The Play's the Thing
recently was published.
Listen to a lovely chat
with NPR's Suzanne Lang about Shakespeare (and love) and my poetry collection Grim Honey.
A poem about my best friend Kris appears in Pure Slush's
latest anthology on Friendship.
My story Later, After
, appears in Cuthroat's
COVID Chronicles edition.
Excited to be on this list
with fantastic writers.
I had such a great time chatting with C.P. Lesley on the New Books Network. Have a listen
to the podcast. LitHub picked up the interview and posted it here
with some nice graphics!
A wonderful review
from my local paper The Columbian
Very excited for two of my students--Pathrinathan Pathmanathan and Zachary Liebhaber--finalist and semi-finalist in the Allegra Johnson Prize
at UCLA Extension. So good to see these writers and their stories honored.
I have made a bold, decade-long career of being a semifinalist and finalist in the Black Lawrence Hudson Prize contest. Scroll all the way down this list to find my first story collection named semifinalist in 2011. More placements--even finalist--a couple of times, but, as of yet, my short stories remain lauded but not published in a collection. However, thank you Black Lawrence for your recognition i
n the 2021 contest.
of the mini-interview. More about poems.
I had a great time talking with Evan Karp from Litseen. He is a true literary citizen, promoting and supporting writers and their work for years. He was kind enough to video my short reading
from The Play's the Thing
and present a really fun Q and A.
A pandemic poem with tomatoes is here in this pandemic project
. Scroll or search for In the Pandemic Garden.
A little more mini-interview
. One Q and one A about writing poems--just the right amount.
This is a great site with loads of info on authors, including me this month! Thank you Authors Answer
My former student Sarahlyn Bruck does blog wonders. Here
I am as the featured writer.
Hard to believe that two years ago, I had just returned from teaching a semester abroad in Florence. One of the most amazing parts of that experience was being with my older son for a month. Here is my poem You Over There, You
in The Commuter
this week (May 10-17).
Also hard to believe that over 40 years ago, Suzanne Irving and I were together at Miramonte High pursuing our dreams to be a writer (me) and an actor (Suzanne). On May 18th, we will be in conversation about all things Shakespeare, literature, and drama on this Facebook Live
A wonderful review of Grim Honey
on The Oregon Poetry Association website.
My review of Alicia Hoffman's fantastic poetry collection Animal
in The Lake
My short story Joyride
published in The Portland Review.
is out and available and part of the promopalooza
on Gyroscope Review
My flash fiction piece Swing Out
published in Leon Literary Review.
My poem Photograph Late 1980s
A poem explaining the unexplainable: This is It
in Cathexis Northwest Press.
My poetry manuscript Grim Honey: Poems
won Sheila-Na-Gig Editions' annual prize and will be published in 2021
Twenty years after my first novel was published, so nice to see a good review for Her Daughter's Eyes
So We Could Fight
, a poem about fighting with childhood friends, was on the shortlist for the Macaron Prize at Cagibi Journal.
My new goal is to be on as many lists as possible. Let's see what I can do.
My poem Grim Honey
will be published in The Chacalaca Review
, and I'll be reading 6/20 at 6 CST (4 pm PST) a la Zoom
. Join us.
A bridesmaid who might get married: My collection Accepted Forms of Ruin
made it to finalist in Blair Press' Bakwin award
contest. Currently, it is being read by Carmen Maria Machado. Yes, indeed.Do I feel optimistic? Not really, But it is nice. Update: alas, an also-ran, but 1 of 3 finalists from over 160 manuscripts.
Nice to see this line-up
of colleagues at Southern New Hampshire University's website.
My pandemic poem, The Robin Does Not Know, wins second place in Negative Capability's Spring poetry contest.
about writing sex scenes. An often troubling topic!
Honored to have my poetry collection When We Almost Drowned
listed in Pretty Owl's POP shop
I was the featured poet-of-the day on Gyroscope's
Poetry Month fandango. Click over to read my poem How to Roast a Pelican
My flash nonfiction piece This Decade
in Atlas and Alice
The Dry Years
is now available to view online at The Worcester Review
Listen to a reading of our times--online.
Two Pulp Literature
Katherine Wagner and Douglas Smith--
and I read
from our work and answer writing questions.
How Astonishing makes it all the way to runner-up in the North American Review's 2020 James Hearst Prize in Poetry. This poem and Unripped and I Forget About Fame will be published in the upcoming edition. Also, a reading, somewhere in the PNW, this year, once the virus passes.
Journal of the Former World
appears in the House of Zolo's
first publication ever! Very exciting.
My poem Grim Honey a finalist in the Kallisto Gaia Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize.
My flash piece, Watch Us Go
in New Flash Fiction Review
appears in Gyroscope's
Crone Power edition!
My novel manuscript The Play's the Thing
was picked up for publication by TouchPoint Press
. Look for it in 2021.
This nice little wiki blurb
appeared for my novel When You Believe
. It made me want to read it (it's been a while).
Very happy for my former student Kari Flickinger and all her successes. Here
is an interview all about her.
Also very pleased for my former student Daniel McClary's
success in the Allegra Johnson contest, run through UCLA Ex. His novel Mahout
is amazing, and it's only a matter of time before it's published.
What We Learn When We Learn Italian
in the latest edition of Chiron
, Spring 2019.
My short story collection--in its form Outside of Normal
--was a semi-finalist in the Sundress Publications
first fiction contest.
My poems Bon Soir is a Feeling Not a Time
(both set in France!) appear in The Pangolin Review.
Only a tiny bit about me: my former student Kerry Fisher is doing wild and amazing things out in the book world. Her fourth novel The Silent Wife
picked up by Grand Central!
My poem Tea Party Photo
was shortlisted on A3 Review's monthly theme contest on parties.
Much appreciation for my finalist finish in the Hudson Prize
at Black Lawrence Press.
In more bridesmaid news, The Dry Years
was a finalist here
My story Accepted Forms of Ruin
is in the latest edition of Souwester.
My collection of poetry When We Almost Drowned was a semi-finalist in Gold Wake Press's Spring Contest.
Though it would appear the writer hoped I'd retire sooner, a lovely article in DVC's Inquirer
Kind of a fantastic review for my Kindle book Where I am Now
. I love this story, and it never found a traditional home. But there are 19 reviews on Goodreads, and this one
made me very happy.
The Burning Hour
wins first place in Westerns
New Episode of Jane the Virgin Now Available
(a poem, not a commercial) is up on The Paddock Review.
Monsters in the Agapanthus
is published once again, and in fine form in The Coil.
I will be reading with a number of amazing writers at
Why There Are Words
Sausalito on August 10th at 7 pm. Please join us!
In September, some of my MFA pals and I will be presenting at the Montana Book Festival
. The panel is titled: Don't Go Home, Go Small: A panel on publishing with a small press. September 27-October 1.
I will be presenting and doing writing critiques for Write on the Sound
, October 7-8. Sign up now!
Really wonderful to listen to students read their work
at Diablo Valley College, the culmination of the writing contest.
My poem "Privet
" in Sheila-Na-Gig
"This" available August 1st in The Other Side of Violet
from great weather for MEDIA. Monsters in the Agapanthus
is a finalist in the 2017 Luminaire Award for Best Prose at Alternating Current's The Coil.
Find me at the RWW table 550-T on Friday from 2-3.30 at AWP!
I'll be at Meachum
at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga March 23-25 for Meachum.
nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
I will be talking about POV at Write on the Sound
on October 1st. Book signing that evening. Hope to see you.
Roommates is a finalist in Ruminate's 2016 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. So two years a semi-finalist and now this. I might get there someday.
wins an editor's prize and is published on Waypoints
Jungles of America
in The East Bay Review The Room of Wonders
A zombie apocalypse. Really. A World That Certainly Didn't
in Marathon The Brightness of Things
in Tinge Triggers
is up on the Watershed Review Summer Water
in the London Journal of Fiction
Poem of the Week at West Trestle Review Jungles of America
an Honorable Mention in the Helen Literary Magazine Short Story Contest. Night Monsters
in Yellow Chair Review Two Days of Magical Thinking
in Gravel All the Time in the World
a semi-finalist in the Hudson Prize. Caught
appears with very cool illustrations in Buffalo Almanack Higgns' Ghost
now available in snippet form on Your Impossible Voice
and in hard copy, too.
Flash nonfiction Backseat
in Foliate Oak
in West Trade Review
and What To Do If You're Choking
in The Virginia Normal Gertrude published in The Literary Nest
Leaving Mr. Wong
wins the 2015 Dr. Nella C. Seshachari 2015 from The Weber Review
This Ain't No Party
published on Pithead Chapel As if Happiness Were Sky
in the anthology Creature of Habitat
Listen to my interview with Suzanne Lang on KRCBA
Some haiku SPAM for your enjoyment at Eckleburg
Thoughts about beginnings on Storyacious
Not Once finalist in the Driftless Prize in Fiction
Essay about Procrastination in Storyacious
Four Tips for Writing for the Romance Market in Writer's Digest
Thinking about research
ELJ publishes It Would All Happen in Barcelona
Woodrunner eChapbooks publishes my fiction chapbook Monsters in the Agapanthus
Craft essay on the unreliable narrator on Storyacious
Craft essay on problems with point-of-view now in Storyacious
in Hawaii Pacific Review
Once a Month in Split Lip
about the process of writing Boots
Craft essay on writing sex scenes on Storyacious
My short story collection The Possibility of Fire
was a finalist in the Tartt First Fiction contest. Argh!
n The Boiler
OCD Day in Burrow Press Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize
Big as the World
in Per Contra
in Clare Literary Journal
A nice write up about How to Bake a Man
in the Orinda News
Jessica's new novel How to Bake a Man forthcoming from Ghostwoods Books
in Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing
Monsters in the Agapanthus
in Lunch Ticket
Failure to Disperse
published in Storyacious
published in Bay Laurel
published in The Flagler Review
on Shark Week Stories
All the Time in the World
published in Fat City Review
Skin Changer published in Prime Number
Frankenstein Goes to the Bathroom
wins second-place in The Missing Slate's
in SPC Tule Review
Museum now in Rose Red Review
published in Gravel
published in Foliate Magazine
KneeJerk Magzine publishes He Grabbed Me
publishes She's Been Through Too Much,
available in hard copy September 2013.
South85 publishes poems Automatic Rapture and It's Not Just the Cat
Gingerbread House Literary Magazine
publishes Before Waking Her Up
The Lindenwood Review
Outside In: Travel and Literary Journal publishes Crown
Carve Magazine presents The Possibility of Fire an Esoteric Award.
Mason's Road publishes Three, Four, Five
Litrouk.com publishes The Sausage Class.
Harry Opens It published in Edge
Flywheel Magazine nominates Tuna for the Apocalypse for the 2012 Million Writers Award
The Mom Egg publishes Jessica's poem Bedtime Story.
Three poems appear in Straight Forward Poetry, pages 6-8
Jessica's essay The Man Raft in the Winter Edition of The Coachella Review
Jessica's poem Sabotage in Flywheel Magazine online
Jessica's short story Harry Opens It finalist in Cutthroat Journal's Rick DiMarinis Short Story contest.
The Anarchist's Mother in audio on WordPlaysound.
Essay Look at him on the Edge in The Whistling Fire
Jessica's poem Impossible Things now in the online journal Switched on Gutenberg
Jessica's short story Marco on the Beach
appearing now in audio on The Drum Literary Magazine.
Pear, a poem that appeared in Spittoon, has been nominated by the editors for the Sundress Press' 2012 "Best of the Net" anthology.
Jessica's short story manuscript Tuna for the Apocalypse
was named a finalist in The Black Lawrence Press'
2011 Hudson Prize Contest:
Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize Finalists
And in 2012, a revised, new, perhaps not superior manuscript was named semi-finalist:
Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize Finalists
Note that the winner wrote a few finalist manuscripts, so I have a feeling they like him!