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!


My Interview with Jenny Torres Sanchez


Hi, all! As some of you may know, I'm a contributing editor for Fantastic Floridas, an online lit journal by Burrow Press. I had the privilege of interviewing Jenny Torres Sanchez about writing YA and also her new book, Because of the Sun (Delacorte/Random House, 2017). It's published on the Burrow Press website. Check it out if you get a chance! Here's the link to the interview. By the way, if you haven't had a chance to read Because of the Sun, what are you waiting for? Get out to your local bookstores (support indies!) and grab a copy! It's SO GOOD and it contains a bear attack. Need I say more?

I'm In: New Member of The YA Chicks!


Hi, all! It's official...I'm now a YA Chick! I've admired the original YA Chicks, Amy Christine Parker, Christina Farley and Vivi Barnes for quite some time. I've even had them come to Writer's Atelier to do guest workshops. When they asked if I'd like to join the YA Chicks, I had to pinch myself! I'm so excited to join along with Lynne Matson and Lucienne Diver! Here's the link to the announcement on the brand new YA Chicks website. We're also hosting a giveaway to win a copy of 6 books! Don't miss out!

New Publication: In the Dark

Hi, all! It's a fantastic thing when you start the year with a new publication credit. I am happy to report that my flash story, In the Dark, was published on January 1, 2017 with Ghost Parachute Literary Magazine. If you have a second to read it, please do. I'm alongside some very talented writers, such as Rachel Kolman and Whitney Hamrick. I am ever grateful to the fantastic Editor-in-Chief, Brett Pribble, who liked the story enough to include it in the January issue. If you have a flash story of your own, I would highly recommend submitting it to Ghost Parachute!

Reading with Lauren Groff

Hi, all! I didn't have a chance to post it (it has been a busy year!), but I had the honor of reading with the fabulous Lauren Groff, National Book Award finalist and author of Fates and Furies. I have been following Burrow Press for quite some time (since I was in Tampa). They host a quarterly(ish) reading series called Functionally Literate.  When I finally moved back to my hometown of Orlando, I promptly looked up the next function and committed to going. It was also during the time I was starting Writer's Atelier.

I was blown away by the event itself. It was so well organized, the readers were super talented, and people actually cared to show up to a reading. I thought about me publishing my own book and eventually being a reader for the series--but that was a long way off.

Or so I thought.

One afternoon I got an email from the publisher, Ryan Rivas, asking if I wanted to be an opening reader for Lauren Groff. The Lauren Groff. It would be me and another ultra talented writer by the name of Hunter Choate who would open up for her. I read it over and over again, checking to make sure that it wasn't a mistake that he had sent it to me. I immediately responded that I would be thrilled to be a reader, even though reading in font of anyone terrifies the hell out of me, let alone reading with The Lauren Groff.

At the time, the reading was four months away, and I spent a good deal of time agonizing over what I would read. I settled on a novel excerpt. I met Lauren the day of and she was so nice. We discussed writing and running a writing center. Once I got up on that stage, it felt good to be there. What a privilege. Overall, it was a pretty magical experience indeed.

If you want to watch the clip of me reading, you can find it here.

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