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Writing into 2022: Dance Criticism, Short Fiction, Essays

Writing into 2022: Dance Criticism, Short Fiction, Essays

As 2021 closes out, I thought I’d informally update those who are interested in my work on what I’m up to. I’ve written a lot of short fiction in 2021–a story draft per month, actually. Some were keepers, some not. Now I am slowly revising. 2022 will be a year of deep revision, if I

Essay “Shaver Lake” Featured on Cover of the Northwest Review
Essay “Shaver Lake” Featured on Cover of the Northwest Review

My essay “Shaver Lake” was excerpted on the cover of the Winter 21 Northwest Review. Unfortunately the essay remains relevant and will become more relevant in the years to come. You can read it here.

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New Story in StoryQuarterly Issue 53
New Story in StoryQuarterly Issue 53

I’m very grateful to have a new story out today in StoryQuarterly Issue 53:http://www.storyquarterly.org/the-woman-at-the-party.htmlAs I’ve posted elsewhere, this is my favorite short fiction I have written, which seems strange when I revisit it and realize it contains somewhat graphic depictions of very unpleasant sex (a warning if for understandable reasons you would prefer to avoid

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We Who Saw This Moment Coming Never Wanted to Be So Right
We Who Saw This Moment Coming Never Wanted to Be So Right

Near the highest moment of conflict in my novel The Risk of Us, a family of three hears, over the radio, that Donald Trump has won the election. The little girl goes to bed wondering why her parents have fallen silent. After she sleeps, the parents say to each other, “We’ve lost our country.” I

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Authenticity comes from a single faithfulness: that to the ambiguity of experience. Its energy is to be found in how one event leads to another. Its mystery is not in the words but on the page." --John Berger

I don't really know whether art can exist without a certain degree of tranquility or spiritual poise; without a certain amount of quiet you can have neither philosophy nor religion nor painting nor poetry." --Saul Bellow

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