THANK YOU to the following journals and their editors and staffs for publishing my work this year:
EPOCH (accepted, forthcoming)
The Pinch (accepted, forthcoming)
Flash Fiction and Nonfiction:
Our Pandemic (anthology)
10 By 10
The Disappointed Housewife
Thank you to Kevin Brennan of The Disappointed Housewife for a Best of the Net nomination. Thank you to Robert Atwan and his staff at Best American Essays 2022 for including my essay from Superstition Review in Notable Essays of 2021, my 8th Notable and a great honor.
My thanks to Cameron Finch for interviewing me at Tiny Molecules. And to Ingrid Rojas Contreras for allowing me to interview her for CRAFT.
I’ve done a lot of writing this year on a long WIP that’s barely represented here (the Permafrost and forthcoming EPOCH and Pinch publications are from The Lunatics’ Ball). And my productivity has also slowed down a lot. I probably have more time than I did previously, but the pandemic has weighed on me. Many thanks to my San Francisco writing group The Leporine Conspiracy for keeping me afloat, to my online flash group and various beta readers. You are all greatly appreciated.
And thank you to my readers and the wonderfully supportive online literary communities I’ve found on Facebook and Twitter. Your encouragement and your own writing inspires me.
I’ve also been greatly engaged in my duties as Creative Nonfiction Editor at CRAFT Literary Journal. I’m very proud of the stellar longform essays and flash nonfiction we published this year, and that CRAFT was recognized with two essays on the Notable Essays list in Best American Essays 2022, a huge achievement for any journal, but particularly an online journal and such a relatively new one. We started publishing creative nonfiction in fall 2020, and have already had three Notables. Many thanks to the fantastic editor-in-chief and fellow editors and readers that I work with at CRAFT and all of our amazing writers.
I participated in a few flash readings this year (two FBomb readings in NY/Zoom, one Flash Fiction Forum reading in San Jose/Zoom), and introduced Myna Chang, a wonderful flash writer, at our first ever CRAFT “salon,” where Ingrid Rojas Contreras read a mesmerizing excerpt from her memoir The Man Who Could Move Clouds. I’m so pleased that she’ll be this year’s judge for our creative nonfiction contest.
I took two classes this year. As ever, I loved Kathy Fish’s Fast Flash class and this year’s reunion. I wish I hadn’t gotten sick at the Bending Genres retreat at Ojai (not COVID at least). I really appreciated working with Robert Vaughan and Meg Tuite, nevertheless. And with fellow writers in both classes and the reunion.
This is the second time that my husband Steve got a Notable in Best American Essays the same year that I did! We also read one of our collaborative stories together at one of the FBomb readings. Not a writing achievement, but the two of us have dodged COVID so far, and hope we can manage to stay healthy on our upcoming trip to Scotland to see our son, our first real travel since the pandemic started.
Wishing all of you a healthy, happy, productive new year.
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