gist du jour :
new work forthcoming in Black Warrior Review and Kenyon Review Online
recent essay in Crazyhorse
recording nights and weekends
playing most sundays at conor byrne
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
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: