gist du jour :
selected Ploughshares' Emerging Writer for Nonfiction
2018 Elizabeth George Foundation grantee
read recent essays in Kenyon Review Online and Crazyhorse
new and forthcoming work in Black Warrior Review, Ploughshares, Bennington Review, Southern Humanities Review, and The Carolina Quarterly
recording nights and weekends
in the woods with a novel revision
in the blueprints with a book-length non-fiction project
seattle with a heart split chiang mai/spain
"Military Coup Matching Quiz" now live at Kenyon Review Online
January 17, 2018
Pop quiz! A new essay "Military Coup Matching Quiz" is now live at Kenyon Review Online. You can read and take the quiz here. You won't see an answer key there--if you find yourself stumped, you know how to reach me! Thanks again to editors Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, David Lynn, and Geeta Kothari for their support of this work.
This essay is part of a larger series that invites the reader to assess received linguistic and cultural meanings through the forms of quizzes and tests. Next test date: late spring in Bennington Review!
new essay forthcoming in Bennington Review
January 14, 2018
Another quiz on its way to you soon! I'm happy to share that Bennington Review will publish my essay "Sexuality Matching Quiz," a vocabulary exam that explores the often contradictory terms of female sexuality. Stay tuned and study up!
Elizabeth George Foundation grantee
January 4, 2018
I am beyond thrilled--and a little bit floored--to share that I've been selected for a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. I am immensely grateful to Elizabeth George and the board of trustees for their generous support. In the coming months, I look forward to sharing more about the creative work this grant will enable. Wow. Wow.
December 24, 2017
Happy Holidays from Crowsnest Pass. Having a merry time mapping and drafting a new nonfiction manuscript up here at the Gushul Studio. Sending my best to you and yours from O Canada!
new essay in print in Black Warrior Review
November 27, 2017
Fresh off the press: issue 44.1 of Black Warrior Review. Tremendous gratitude to editor Nabila Lovelace for her support of this essay, "I Lose My Grandfather in a Class on Scent." You can order a copy, featuring Farah Al Qasimi's cover art, here and/or you can pick it up at your favorite independent bookstore--like, for example, the one pictured here: Elliott Bay Book Company!
quizzes in action at Drop Forge & Tool residency!
November 14, 2017
During my residency here in Hudson, New York at Drop Forge & Tool, I've been working on a series of essays that question received cultural meanings through the form of quizzes and tests. This weekend during Open Studio with fellow residents, I had the chance to take these pop quizzes out for a spin. How cool to see them out in the real world with real pens and pencils! Later in the evening, I did a reading of several new essays.
Special shout-out to DF&T Director Katharine Daugherty for making this magic happen. I'm so grateful for the chance to explore new work in such a vibrant community.
new essay in print in The Carolina Quarterly
October 27, 2017
Look who's here! It's Volume 67.1 of The Carolina Quarterly. Very jazzed to have my new essay "If We Learn From Our Targets" appear alongside Nastassja Swift's artwork. You can order a copy of the new issue here.
craft lecture at Ballard Branch Library next year
September 29, 2017
I'll be giving a lecture on writing and craft at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library early next year as a part of the the It's About Time series. Thursday, January 11, 6PM--mark those calendars early!
Ploughshares Emerging Writer for Nonfiction!
September 14, 2017
Wowza. I am thrilled to share that I've been selected Ploughshares' Emerging Writer for Nonfiction. They'll be publishing a new essay, "The Something I Am Telling You," in January. A million thanks to judge Meghan Daum--and to photographer extraordinaire Rafael Soldi!
new work coming soon in Southern Humanities Review
September 12, 2017
Got some good news this morning! I'm excited to share that Southern Humanities Review will be publishing my new essay, "They Say When I Turn 60, You'll Be in Your 70s." I'm grateful to editors Aaron Alford and Anton DiSclafani for their support of this work. Will share publication dates soon!
online exhibition and critique of works-in-progress
September 8, 2017
A group of Seattle-based artists and I are putting on an all-online exhibition and critique of our works-in-progress this weekend--and you're invited! Put on your multi-disciplinary art critic/enthusiast/interpreter hat and come give us some feedback. You don't even have to leave your couch...I'll be sharing new work at 4:30 PT on Saturday. See you at Space Kittens + Hegemony! Meow.
new essay forthcoming in The Carolina Quarterly
August 29, 2017
I am happy to announce my new essay, "If We Learn from Our Targets," has been accepted for publication at The Carolina Quarterly. I'm grateful to editor Travis Alexander for his support of this work. Keep an eye out in November for publication.
Drop Forge & Dool residency in Hudson, NY
July 31, 2017
I am beyond thrilled to share that I've been accepted for a creative residency at Drop Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY this November. While in residency, I'll be developing a new series of essays that evaluate received linguistic and cultural meanings through the form of tests and quizzes. Can't wait!
getting ready for off the grid
June 28, 2017
I'm headed back to Pender Island through mid-July to hunker down with the novel re-writes. D.I.Y. residency prep: type up longhand notebooks of novel; get ready to fill a few more.
playing at Seattle Acoustic Festival in August
June 27, 2017
I'm excited to announce I'm joining the line-up for this year's Seattle Acoustic Festival. I'll be playing an hour-long set at 5:30 on Saturday, August 26. The festival runs Friday and Saturday across three stages. Come on by All Pilgrims Church at 500 Broadway East!
residency at University of Lethbridge's Gushul Studio this winter
April 27, 2017
It's been quite a spring! I received word from the wonderful folks in the Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Lethbridge that I've been accepted for a residency this winter. I'll be working on my novel and music in the amazing light of Gushul Studio. Wow. Can't wait. Alberta, here I come.
new work coming in Kenyon Review Online
April 11, 2017
I am very (!!!) excited to share that Kenyon Review Online has accepted my new essay, "Military Coup Matching Quiz," for publication. I'm grateful to editors Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, David Lynn, and Geeta Kothari for their support in both polishing and publishing this essay. Details coming soon. Stay tuned and study up!
Sointula Art Shed residency next year
March 28, 2017
Great news arrived today: I'm headed back to Canada for a bit next year for as writer in residence at the Sointula Art Shed! I'll be elbows-deep in revisions of my book at this artist-run, artist-hosted residency. I'm also excited to teach a fiction workshop within the community while there. My time along the BC coast—most recently hunkered down in a cottage on South Pender—has been so fruitful for my writing, and I can't wait to see what will emerge out on Malcolm Island.
essay forthcoming in Black Warrior Review
March 9, 2017
I am beyond thrilled to share that my new essay, "I Lose My Grandfather in a Class on Scent," has been accepted by Black Warrior Review for publication in their next issue. I am especially grateful to Nabila Lovelace and her cohort of editors for their support of this work; I am honored that this piece resonated with them. I look forward to sharing more news as publication grows closer.
benefit concert for the IRC and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
February 7, 2017
I’ve put together a benefit concert for the IRC and Northwest Immigrant Right Project at the end of this month. Here’s your invitation!
Come on by Fremont Abbey on Tues. Feb. 28 at 7:30 for a concert benefitting the International Rescue Committee in Seattle and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project! This will be an unplugged show in a “round” format, featuring:
All (cash please!) donations will go directly to IRC and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Enjoy some acoustic tunes in a beautiful space, and show your support for two organizations making the Seattle area stronger:
on writing non-fiction, and the now-in-print-and-online Crazyhorse essay
December 1, 2016
My essay, “After the Coup,” is now in print in the latest issue of Crazyhorse, and I’m happy to share that this new work is also featured on their site. It’s an honor to be included in the pages of Crazyhorse, and I’m grateful to editor Bret Lott for his support of this essay. Check out the link above for a PDF of the work and details on subscriptions, and keep an eye out at your favorite local bookstore for a hardcopy.
I wrote this essay at the small table of an island yurt in a few eerie acres of forest. I’d been living in Seattle almost a year, and decided to take an unplugged weekend to hunker down and explore on the page some ideas that had been kicking around my head. Sometimes writing is an act of pulling, and sometimes it feels like letting. This essay was the latter, showing up in a one-fell-swoop fugue form; the ensuing sentence-level revisions were focused on rhythm and word choice. While not much compares to the mailbox arrival of a new publication, it did make me sad to re-read this essay and re-encounter the confusion of loss in its content.
A mentor once told me that each time you sit down to write, you develop as a writer. This year more than any other, that promise of development has surprised me. I didn’t expect this essay, nor the past few seasons making works of non-fiction. I long considered myself a fiction-writer, and this essay, c/o that yurt and its stillness, pushed me out from the frame I’d built around my writing. The canvas stretches wider. I look forward to sharing more work soon from that new space I’ve found.
IRL Show at Northwest Film Forum
November 21, 2016
I had a great time Friday and Saturday sharing new work as a part of The Horse in Motion's IRL: craigslist show at Northwest Film Forum. I enjoyed the craigslist sleuthing, research, and songwriting that went into this collaboration. Here's a photo from Saturday's performance: