Sunday, March 26, 2017

New Publication - Past Ten

I have a new short essay out over at Past Ten! Past Ten was created by Donald Quist and involves writers reflecting on the differences between who they were and who they are.

My assigned date was March 15th 2007. It was interesting to see how different things in my life were at that point. If you have a second, check out the site and check out my essay. I'm grateful to be included among so many talented writers. My thanks to Donald for publishing my work.

Loose Lips Reading - March Edition

Loose Lips is a monthly reading series hosted by Tod Caviness in the Orlando area. Readers read prose or poetry and the only requirement is that the piece has to be inspired by the given month's news headlines. I had a fantastic time reading at the March show along with Josh Dull, Darlyn Finch Kuhn, and John King! If you couldn't attend the reading, or if you're not local, you can listen to the live recording on Episode 250 of The Drunken Odyssey with John King Podcast. I'm the second reader.

Many thanks to The Drunken Odyssey with John King Podcast and Shawn McKee for recording the reading and providing us with a fancy link!

AWP 2017 Recap

This past February I had the honor of being on the panel, "Declaring Independence: Surviving Outside of Academia" at AWP 2017 in Washington, DC. My fellow panelists included, Angela Mitchell, Vanessa Blakeslee and Colette Sartor. We discussed what it takes to start teaching your own creative writing classes in the nontraditional environment (meaning outside of an institution of higher learning). We had a great turnout and the audience asked some thought-provoking questions. It was a pleasure to talk about how I started Writer's Atelier.

Black Fox Literary Magazine also had a spot at the LitLando table. We were alongside local literary buddies, Burrow Press, Ghost Parachute Magazine, The Jack Kerouac Project Writing Residency, and The Drunken Odyssey with John King Podcast.

Below are some additional photos from the trip. I'm looking forward to next year when AWP comes to Tampa, FL!