Impossible Children Featured Book at the Conversations and Connections Conference!

Impossible Children Featured Book at the Conversations and Connections Conference!

The Writer magazine called the C&C Conference the best writing conference in Pennsylvania! In related news, I’m excited to announce that my story collection Impossible Children is one of the conference’s featured books.

It’s certainly in good company: other books include Monica Price’s Instructions for Temporary Survival, Lily Dancyger’s Burn it Down: Women Writing About Anger, and my former colleague Heather McNaugher’s Second-Order Desire.

Gearing up for my reading and talks: the event kicks off on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Info about registration can be found here.

Short story “Year One” Forthcoming in Pleiades

Short story “Year One” Forthcoming in Pleiades

Contract signed! Thrilled to announce that my story “Year One” will be published in the next issue of Pleiades Magazine.

“Year One” is a companion piece to an issue celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Periodic Table. My contribution is a love letter to Pennsylvania’s geography, comic books, and chemistry.

Special thanks to Rosebud Ben-Oni and Jennifer Maritza McCauley.

Chatham U #SCW19 Wrapup

Chatham U #SCW19 Wrapup

Thank you to Sheila Squillante for inviting me to give a talk and read from my book at this year’s Summer Community of Writers at Chatham University. I used to help plan this event, and being immersed in the intense energy and hard work was always the highlight of my year.

Writers’ Cafe Contest Winners

Writers’ Cafe Contest Winners

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It was an honor this year to judge the fiction entries for this year’s Writers’ Cafe entries!

First prize went to Abby Jarrett for her story “False Cypress,” and second prize went to Paige Lawler for her story “Steinway.”

Here are my judge’s notes:

“False Cypress”:

I was impressed by the author’s confidence, as well as the vivid use of language and description.  Andy Warhol once said that life is a series of images that repeat, and the image in this story’s ending is going to stick with me for a while.  “False Cypress” has a real sense of purpose and intention, as well as a layered lonesomeness that arches against the story’s surface.
Steinway”:
Steinway” is a downright beautiful piece, well-researched and well-rendered.  I personally think it’s hard to write about music, but this author made it easy.  To my mind, that kind of gracefulness is the best (and loveliest) demonstration of talent.  I loved the way this story explored deep, human ideas but never lost sight of the characters’ humanity.

If you’d like, you can browse the past winning entries here.  If you do, you might notice that a few names pop up more than once.  This is partly because those students are exceptionally talented.  (Many of them are former students of mine.)  However, I’d guess that many of these winning students probably entered the contest every year of their undergraduate careers.  Congratulations to the students who won, and here’s hoping that everyone who entered will try again next year!