With the shadow of Tuesday night hanging over us, and even darker shadows looming ahead, last week already seems like a more innocent time. It was such a pleasure to read in the Get Lit! series (curated by Kara Vernor and Dani Burlison) at the Corkscrew Wine Bar in Petaluma on October 26, and in the Rolling Writers series (curated by Jon Sindell) at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland a week ago. Wonderful readers, wonderful audiences, warm venues. Gathering together with other writers makes writing a less solitary activity.
I was especially pleased to read with Dani Burlison (on the right in the photo at the top right), whose work I love, and who just joined my writing group in San Francisco, and with Lynn Mundell (second from right in the back row of the photo on the lower left), whose work I love, and who just interviewed my husband Steve and me about flash, our collaborative writing, and other matters at 100 WORD STORY, which she co-edits. Lynn has published lots of great flash of her own; last week she read a nonfiction flash ("The Iranian Blue-Glazed Pottery") from TIN HOUSE Flash Fidelity that I particularly love. At Get Lit! I was able to buy copies of Kara Vernor’s stellar new fiction collection BECAUSE I WANTED TO WRITE YOU A POP SONG and Dani Burlison’s great new zine LADY PARTS. I couldn’t put them down. Run to your nearest independent bookstore and order them!