I’m Reading at Vermin on the Mount on Feb. 19

Monday 1 February 2016 - Filed under readings

Celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days late at a Vermin on the Mount reading!

16 Feb VOTM LA

What: Vermin on the Mount Reading at Book Show
When: Friday, February 19 at 7:30 pm
Where: Book Show, 5503 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles

I’m psyched to be reading with photographer and writer Scot Sothern, Kevin Moffett (Permanent Visitors), Josh Stallings (Young Americans), and Rebecca Gonzales. Jim Ruland (Forest of Fortune) will host!

Hope to see you there —

Poster design by Keith Rosson

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My novel-in-stories Cake Time to be published by Red Hen Press

Thursday 21 January 2016 - Filed under fiction + publications

redhenpressI’m excited and honored to announce my novel-in-stories Cake Time won the Red Hen Fiction Manuscript Award!

The book will come out in spring 2017 if all goes according to plan.

Thank you to everyone who read, critiqued, and listened to the stories in this work the last few years — including my agent Peter Steinberg at Foundry Literary + Media, Edan Lepucki, Paul Mandelbaum, Chris Corning, Travis Koplow, Tanya Knox, Shilpa Argawal, Katherine Motoike, and Carolyn Peters for your valuable feedback and Lauren Eggert-Crowe, David Rocklin, and Zoë Ruiz for giving me opportunities to share pieces of Cake Time at readings.

I’m so grateful to have you all in my life! Looking forward to working with everyone at Red Hen Press! And thank you in advance to the future readers who will pick up Cake Time —

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Book review in Los Angeles Review: Not Dark Yet by Berit Ellingsen

Tuesday 19 January 2016 - Filed under publications

BeritMy first publication of 2016 is a book review of Berit Ellingsen‘s post-apocalyptic novel, Not Dark Yet:

Bombs. Strikes. Hate crimes. Droughts. Every nightly news broadcast seems catastrophic enough to require a visceral reaction from us—but what should that reaction be, exactly? In Berit Ellingsen’s novel Not Dark Yet, Brandon, the introspective protagonist, finds himself teetering between two extreme responses: a complete withdrawal from society, and a violent push to revolutionize it.

Read the rest at the Los Angeles Review. You can also pick up a copy of Not Dark Yet at Two Dollar Radio, one of my favorite indie publishers!

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Winter Solstice reading in Los Angeles, Dec. 20, 2015

Monday 21 December 2015 - Filed under readings

Holiday celebrations started a few days earlier this year, with the Winter Solstice reading. Thanks to everyone who came out on the cold day!

From left to right: Samantha Powell,  Ramona Pilar Gonzalez , Siel Ju and Lauren Eggert-Crowe at the Winter Solstice Reading in Los Angeles, December 20, 2015

From left to right: Samantha Powell, Ramona Pilar Gonzalez , Siel Ju and Lauren Eggert-Crowe at the Winter Solstice Reading in Los Angeles, December 20, 2015

Special thanks to poet Lauren Eggert-Crowe for hosting — and to Ramona Pilar Gonzalez and Samantha Powell for sharing their creative non-fiction —

Happy holidays!

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Flash Flash Click: Read and Submit

Friday 4 December 2015 - Filed under read today

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Make a new year’s resolution to read more great fiction — then get started early by subscribing to Flash Flash Click!

Flash Flash Click is a new lit zine for fast fiction that delivers a new snappy story right to your inbox once a week. It officially launched Dec. 1 with a sweet story by Bryan Hurt, author of Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France!

Next week: A bloody story by Wendy C. Ortiz. Subscribe free now to get it on Tuesday, andsubmit your tiny work!

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I’m Reading in Los Angeles Dec. 20

Thursday 3 December 2015 - Filed under readings

Celebrate the winter solstice with me! I’ll be reading later this month at a sweet backyard event:

What: A Winter Solstice Reading
When: Sun, Dec. 20, 2015, 6 pm
Where: 739 N. Edgemont St., Los Angeles CA 90029

The event’s hosted by my friend and lovely poet Lauren Eggert-Crowe. I’ll be reading an excerpt from the novel I’m working on. Joining me will be Ramona Pilar Gonzalez and Samantha Powell, both of whom I’m very excited to read with for the first time —

There will be snacks, drinks, and nice words for your ears. Hope to see you soon —

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