Twin Cities Book Festival

The TCBF is coming in just a few short weeks! I’ll be staffing the Graywolf Press booth from 3-5 p.m. at the Progress Center on the north end of the state fairgrounds. Stop by and say hi!

Local Graywolf Press authors Ben Percy and Gretchen Marquette will be in attendance. Don’t miss them at the morning mingle from 10-11 a.m.

Official details here:

See you there!

Younger Us

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The winter you left I thought I saw you in every car crash. The first time in a compact spinning its wheels in the ditch. Tow truck, rubberneckers, gridlock. Snow covering the road, a skin too easily broken.

Those are the opening lines of a story inspired by the song “Younger Us” by Japandroids, as seen and heard below. I read it as part of the Rock & Roll Reading Series at AWP Seattle in February 2014.


Read it in full over at Medium. And give that song a listen.

SNC Tahoe Winter Residency


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Yes, it really is this beautiful up at Tahoe.

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.

Version 2

Never mind that I could hardly walk the next day. It was worth it for the view.