If you’re looking for something to read in the upcoming year, you’ll want to check out the fiction preview my colleague and I wrote up for the Graywolf Press blog.
Lots of wild and unpredictable books on there, including Fiona Maazel’s new novel A Little More Human, Carl Frode Tiller’s Encircling, Daisy Johnson’s debut collection, Fen, Jon Raymond’s novel Freebird, and that’s just in the first few months of the year.
I spent four days in early January up at SNC Tahoe with an amazing and generous group of writers, both faculty and students. Readings with Lacy Johnson, Lo Kwa-Mei En, and more. Open mic! Snowshoeing!
If you are looking for a writing community to call your own, consider checking out the low-residency MFA at SNC Tahoe (Sierra Nevada College). Not only do you get to work with award-wining writers—seriously, check out the faculty list, it’s amazing—you also have access to something no other MFA program has: editors.
All of the students work with editors (like me) in their final semester to complete their thesis and make sure they are headed toward a book, not just a pile of pages.
Plus: Did I mention they have snowshoeing? Those are my feet after I trekked around in the mountains with a group of intrepid writers.
Never mind that I could hardly walk the next day. It was worth it for the view.