Sometimes I wonder whether I’m an essayist or a flash writer; sometimes it’s clear that I’m not only both, but that my two identities combine in flash nonfiction. So thrilled that my flash nonfiction “The Madwoman on BART” was recognized with a PUSHCART nomination from MATCHBOOK this year. This was a hard one to write, and it’s also part of a work-in-progress that I’ve been struggling with. Heartfelt gratitude to Brian Mihok and R.B. Pillay, who had such riches to choose from at their stellar magazine (truly one of my very favorites, and I was already so happy that they published "The Madwoman on BART"). Congratulations to the other nominees, who are all wonderful and whose work I've been following for ages.
This happens to be my second Pushcart nomination related to BART. My eerily prescient flash fiction “Waking Up Late” was nominated for a Pushcart by ELLIPSIS last year. I wish the pandemic was over and it was safe to ride BART again. Clearly the BART commute to San Francisco from the East Bay is inspiring.
Today happens to be my AA birthday, the 30th anniversary of my sobriety. Steve also had a PUSHCART nomination, for a story that's coming out in CHICAGO QUARTERLY. So there's lots in our household to celebrate. But outside of our household, things are getting scary in California, with Covid cases soaring, and predictions that they will be out of hospital beds some time this month.