Blog-aroo and a book for you!

I’ve been busy working on a new blog. It will launch in October. In the meantime, I’ve been peddling my chapbooks around town. If you don’t already have a copy you can pick one up here or get the ebook version here in Canada and here in the US of A. Or, if you are old-fashioned like me, you can pick up a copy at Crossings Art Center, Monkey See Monkey Read or SubText Books.

 

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Readings and more!

Salutations Internet!

I have been very busy teaching and preparing to teach in the past few months. However, I am excited to say that I am going to read at a couple of stellar places in the near future.

 

Venue #1: SubText Books in St. Paul

The reading will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is part of their Local Author Day. I am excited to rub books or elbows with the fabulous local literati lineup.

 

Venue #2: Red Bird Chapbooks Picnic

Red Bird is the publisher of my chapbook and I am very excited to read at their annual event in Como Park which begins at 6 p.m.

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Catching up

It’s been awhile. Well honestly, it’s been a whirlwind. I am finishing a manuscript, working full-time and still finding time to laugh at myself. But here are a few writerly things I have in the works.

This weekend I will be participating in the Cracked Walnut reading series.

And, I will be teaching a memoir writing workshop class at the Northfield Public Library through the generous support of a legacy grant. Read more about it here. I am delighted to say that the class has already been filled up with students.

As I am planning the materials for the course, I have come across a quote that I enjoy in regards to writing memoir and I’ll leave it with you.

“Don’t rummage around in your past—or your family’s past—to find episodes that you think are “important” enough to be worthy of including in your memoir. Look for small self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. If you still remember them it’s because they contain a universal truth that your readers will recognize from their own life.”

-William Zinsser

Writing

 

Restaurant review

Hello Internet!

I’m excited to announce that Sleet Magazine has posted it’s brand new section, Sleet Eats. And I’m even more excited that they asked me to write a review for it. You can find the review here I hope you find it delicious. A girl could get used to eating things and writing about them…

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Arts Advisory Panel Member

I am very pleased to announce that I will be on the Arts Advisory Panel for the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council in the new year. If you are in the area please take the time to read through the grant guidelines and submit. For more information see the website here.

This is exactly how I will look reading proposals:

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My Chapbook has been reviewed and here is an excerpt!

I’m so excited to announce a book review of my chapbook is in the latest Buzz Magazine from Metropolitan State University. Check it out here.

Speaking of the chapbook, it makes an excellent Christmas gift. Pick up a dozen or so here. Red Bird has even added an excerpt! BOOM!

 

 

Progress and Memories

I am sitting here in my Halloween costume. I have decided to go as myself four years ago–a hopeful graduate student of Creative Writing. As I go back through my progress since then, I am pleased to say that my hope has turned into a few tangible things, this website included. I mean, for shitssake, I was a finalist this year for the Loft Mentor Series and had a chapbook come out.

So, as I am wrapping up edits on my first full-length memoir collection and going through the usual stages of doubt, confusion and dysphoria I can remember that shiny grad student with her two suitcases and a dream and know that she is closer to achieving that dream. And, I’ll keep marching toward it in my Chucks, red lipstick, jeans (and everything else against the dress code of my big girl job).

 

At The Twin Cities Book Festival, proudly standing behind the great talent of the Red Bird Chapbooks table and looking fierce.

At The Twin Cities Book Festival, proudly standing behind the great talent of the Red Bird Chapbooks table.

Rain Taxi Book Festival

This weekend I will be at the Rain Taxi Review of Books sponsored Twin Cities Book Festival.

I will join my brethren and fellow authors at the Red Bird Chapbooks table.

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If you haven’t already please pick up the latest copy of Generations of Today magazine. The article I have written about the Nerstrand Meat Market is featured in the October 2013 issue. It’s a great story on a business that has been in the family for over 100 years.

 

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Chapbook available as an e-book!

I may not have an e-reader but you might! If you do please purchase my chapbook. It is available online here. Or, if you’d like to kick it old school (like me) buy it the old fashioned way here. More exciting news to come! For now, check out this pic that was used for the cover.

 

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Reviewer Needed

I just got an email notification from Prick of the Spindle to let me know my chapbook is on their review shelf. If you would like to consider reviewing it here is the link.

Here is a scary pumpkin that has been filled with Tootsie Rolls at the Nerstrand Meat Market for decades. Check out my upcoming story about the meat market in Generations of Today magazine.

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