• If I Were 22: A Few Things I’d Tell Myself If I Could Go Back in Time If I Were 22: A Few Things I’d Tell Myself, If I Could Go Back in Time If I were 22, I’d tell myself that all of those journals I painstakingly kept, scribbling away with colored pens while Enya’s voice spilled out of the boom box, would just end up gathering dust. I’d advise myself […]
  • CLMP Firecracker Awards The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses has announced the shortlist for the 2014 Firecracker Awards, which celebrates small press and independently published books. Here are the finalists in fiction and creative nonfiction: CREATIVE NONFICTION The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison (Graywolf Press) Loitering by Charles D’Ambrosio (Tin House Books) The Other Side by Lacy […]
  • The Muse: Gray Cat on Gray Chair Wherein Phoebe commits an admirable act of camouflage, while lounging. Truth be told, she is no muse. When she hears the laptop come on, or hears me settle into my desk chair, she quits whatever she is doing (which is to say she quits sitting around looking impervious) and stages an intervention. She likes to […]
  • 5 Truths About Writing I Wish I’d Known 20 Years Ago Last week, I visited California College of the Arts to talk to the current crop of MFA candidates about writing and publishing. I taught at CCA for several years, several years ago, but somewhere along the line I quit teaching in order to spend more time writing. I always enjoyed teaching, though, and it was […]
  • How I Became a Writer For today’s writers on writing segment, I thought I’d share a video about how I became a writer. Hint: it has something to do with a hound dog hatching from an egg.
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