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The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide

Announcing a new collection from the University of Arizona Press, The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide! Each contributing poet wrote about a species of flora or fauna in Tucson’s Saguaro National Park. My poem is about the pinacate beetle, or stink bug. All poems are illustrated with some scientific facts about the species. My beetle is also illustrated in miniature on title page—go, stinky!

Pushcart Prize-Nominated Story Now Available in Print

Last June, Crack the Spine Literary Journal published a short story of mine in their 117th weekly issue. This journal’s innovative publishing model features a weekly selection of fiction and poetry online, from which the editors select their content for a quarterly print anthology. Toward the end of 2014, I received word that my piece would be included in the CTS print anthology. And not only that, but it was one of three pieces the editors had nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize! I’m pleased to share that the print anthology containing “Half a World Away” (formerly titled “Commando”) is now available for purchase.

Why I'm Thankful for A Viable Paradise

In October I attended my first workshop for speculative fiction writers. A Viable Paradise 18 was held on Martha’s Vineyard, where the season stood on the cusp of change. It was still warm when I got there, the leaves mostly green. I came back a different person. It’s been interesting to observe the shift.

Online Again

"Commando" Published in Crack the Spine

My story “Commando” is featured in this week’s issue of Crack the Spine. “Commando” is a coming-of-age tale that examines a young woman’s fraught relationship with her body, her mother, and the world. I tried many points of view, many structural experiments, and what finally seemed to work was this combination of simultaneous removed narrative distance (neither character is named) and intimate perspective. Have a read and feel free to comment, either here or at CTS. I’d love to know what you think!

"No Cover" Published in Cirque

“No Cover in Tucson,” a vignette about my visit to the Southwest as a love-starved Alaskan in 2005, is featured in the current issue of Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim. A PDF of the issue is available for download through the journal’s website; hard copy can be ordered online. It’s a fine issue full of established and emerging talent from the far north. The radio version of this piece is also available in the nonfiction samples page of Uncanny Vale.