AWP Off-site Reading for Atelier 26 Books

I’ll be reading in support of my favorite publisher ATELIER26 BOOKS at Ford Food & Drink with other A26 authors Woody Skinner, author of the story collection A Thousand Distant Radios, and poet Sidney Wade, author of many collections of poetry including her most recent Bird Book.

We’re all awesome and a blazing good time.

Plus, Ford Food & Drink has fantastic nachos (and booze!). It’d make sense if you were there too.

xo

 

Don’t Write What You Know – Fiction Reading

Tonight I’ll be hosting and reading fiction along with stellar Portland writers Jason Arias (author of Momentary Illumination of Objects in Motion from Black Bomb Books) and Mark Allen Cunningham (author of most recently Perpetua’s Kin from Atelier26 Books).

Books will be for sale and everything you hear will be made up.

This reading is made possible by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council who provided funding this year to assist in work on my second collection of stories. Thanks RACC!

Best Day of My Literary Life – PEN Hemingway Ceremony

Today was an extraordinary day.

It started with a private tour of the Ernest Hemingway archives at the JFK Library. Wow. Super duper wow. (Sidenote: If you will be in Boston anytime before the end of the year, please go through this phenomenal exhibit.)

Then lunch at a table with, in a room with, some of the most talented American writers, who, it turns out, are also funny and charming and kind in a variety of ways.

Then the award ceremony where Joshua Ferris, presenter and a judge, along with Alexandra Marshall and Jay Parini, of this year’s PEN Hemingway award read aloud the citation from the judges for People Like You. I could not breathe as he read the following paragraph:

PEN Award Framed

And then I couldn’t breathe for two seconds after that either because, oh my sweet stars, did they just put the names Chekhov, Carver, Beattie, Moore and Twain in a sentence about People Like You? But I had no time to not breathe because I had to walk up onstage and accept the certificate and shake hands and pose for a picture and then somehow walk, without falling, all the way back to my seat, and the whole time my heart is not thumping along in my chest cavity the way it’s supposed to. No, it’s flailing, kicking, pushing, punching so loud I wanted to audibly ask it to shush please. But then I thought better of it and thanked my heart for reminding me what an undeniably extraordinary beautiful moment was happening… to me. Right that second.

Nothing left to do, then, but to simply take it all in.

My deepest gratitude to PEN New England; to judges Joshua Ferris, Alexandra Marshall, and Jay Parini; to the winner Ottessa Moshfegh, my fellow finalist S.M. Hulse, and honorable mention honorees Karim Dimechkie and Chigozie Obioma; to the crazy talented editor and publisher Mark Allen Cunningham of Atelier26 Books; to Diane Prokop, publicist extraordinaire; and most importantly to Brian Padian who kept the home fires burning (and the kids from burning the house down) so I could be in Boston, and he not only never once complained but told me again and again of how proud he was, of how much I deserved it, of how hard I’ve worked, of how much he loved me.

All of you, you changed my life today. Really.

Thank you.