It's been a slow year, with what feels like sluggish progress on THE LUNATICS' BALL and weeks and weeks with no publications at all. This has definitely been my most exciting week.
My essay in SUPERSTITION REVIEW about Joseph Cornell earned a NOTABLE ESSAY listing in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2022!!!
I love SUPERSTITION REVIEW. I was thrilled when they invited me to give a craft talk about "The Dream Lives of Objects" at their launch when the issue came out. It was almost a year ago, just after I'd fallen and gotten a concussion. I'd already written the talk and decided to go through with it with the camera off (I had two black eyes!). Love their faculty editor Trish Murphy and everyone on the staff. It was also a great audience for the talk. When I published "Fireflies" with them, they had me do an Author's Podcast for their blog. They are wonderfully supportive.
Pub date for BAE is November 1. The Notables list isn't out yet, and learning whether you're on it is always a ridiculous task. Amazon does a "look inside" feature shortly before the book is available, and essayists all over the country rush to see the Notables list, but the feature always has pages missing. This year an essayist I don't really know, Liz Prato, was kind enough to contact me and some others on Facebook to tell us we were on it!
It's my 8th Notable, and each has been as exciting as the last. The first was probably the most amazing, though, when I was naive about the Notables list and BAE (though I always read it) and hadn't even looked to see whether I was on the list. Ira Sukrungruang, the editor at SWEET, posted a list of SWEET authors who'd gotten Notables and I saw my name with surprise, confusion, and disbelief. (That was for my essay "The Tyranny of Things" in the print journal SOUTH DAKOTA REVIEW.)