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“Match” Now Available in The Madison Review Spring 2015 Issue

It has arrived! The Spring 2015 issue of The Madison Review is fresh off the press, and with it, my short story, “Match.” Check out the jazzy cover art by Deth P. Sun, and order your copy to read with a cool sip of summer here. Cheers!

“Perfect” Selected as Semi-Finalist for the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

I’m honored that my short story, “Perfect,” first published in the spring 2015 issue of the St. Sebastian Review, has been selected as a semi-finalist for Ruminate Magazine‘s VanderMey Nonfiction Prize. Deep gratitude to Ruminate and the St. Sebastian Review!

“Ordinary” Accepted by The Flexible Persona

I’m over the moon that my short story, “Ordinary,” has just been accepted by The Flexible Persona, coming out soon! The Flexible Persona pairs literary works with accomplished composers from around the world, and I can’t wait to hear what music the editors choose for “Ordinary.”

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“Perfect” Now Live and Online at the St. Sebastian Review

My short story, “Perfect,” has just come out live and online at the St. Sebastian Review. Every story acceptance is thrilling, but none more so than this one.

The St. Sebastian Review, an LGBTQ Christian literary magazine, brings together two communities that don’t often sit easily with one another, so this compelling and beautifully designed publication provides a vital gathering place where creative expression and healing can occur.

In the words of Carolyn Gibney, the St. Sebastian Review was “founded to give voice to a community often disenfranchised and unheard. We exist as a forum within and from which LGBTQ Christians of any denomination can engage both critically and compassionately the culture in which they find themselves. We are purveyors of fine poetry, fiction, nonfiction essays, and visual art from among the LGBTQ Christian community and its allies.”

I am honored to have my work represented among such an awesome gathering of thinkers, artists and creators! To read “Perfect,” download the current issue of the St. Sebastian Review, Vol. 5, Iss. 1, here.

“Match” Accepted by The Madison Review

I am thrilled that my short story, “Match,” has been accepted by The Madison Review, coming out in the spring!

This was a rather mysterious acceptance. For one thing, the invitation came through my Yahoo email, which I only use for online shopping and generally spammy purposes, never for personal use, and for sure not for my literary correspondence. My first thought was, malicious spybot malware invader?

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LILA by Marilynne Robinson

Lila is the third in Marilynne Robinson’s trilogy of novels that takes place in the small Midwestern town of Gilead, and both Gilead (2004) and Home (2008) explore the lives and friendship of two Iowa preachers. In this latest novel, Lila, the wife of the preacher, John Ames, tells her own story, earning an unqualified spot on my Books I Love bookshelf.

Lila’s life in Gilead begins when she enters the town church to shelter from the rain and first sets eyes upon her future husband, John Ames. Flashbacks to Lila’s past weave throughout the narrative, and as she struggles with loneliness, belonging, and faith, Lila’s past remains potent and alive, sometimes more so than her present.

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“Forty Portraits in Forty Years”

The New York Times Magazine recently published an article on the photojournalism project of Nicholas Nixon, “Forty Portraits in Forty Years,” in which he photographed four sisters every year since 1975. I discovered the project when my college classmate, Rosie Reardon, posted a link on Facebook (re-posted here). The collection of images is a moving pictorial journey documented over decades.

Aging is not an easy topic, especially in a society that fetishizes youth, and the photos brought up a lot for me, the good, the bad and the beautiful, because one can see that what the women in the photos lose in the smoothness of their skin they gain in something else – but what (or do they)? It’s probably different for each of us.

The photos inspired me to jot down a few thoughts, and I invite others to share their own reflections in the comments field. I’ve heard many wise, honest, often funny insights from the inspiring women (and men) in my life, and I’d love to open the closet and bring in a community of voices to shed some light on this topic. Read more

Matthew 16:21-28

This Labor Day I was invited to share a reflection on Matthew 16:21-28 with the congregation of St. Barnabas, a beautiful Episcopal church in Irvington, New York. This is a yearly custom at St. Barnabas, and I was honored to be asked to serve in this way. The scripture I was to speak on, Matthew 16, is a somewhat opaque passage that was rewarding as well as challenging to unfold. The full bible passage as well as the text of the sermon follows.

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“Up Do” Reading a Resounding Success

On Saturday, April 5th I had the pleasure of reading with a talented group of performance artist writers at Books on the Square in Providence, Rhode Island, as we celebrated the East Coast book launch of Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Authors!

Books on the Square, a thriving independent book store, graciously turned over their shop for the reading, which quickly filled to capacity leaving standing room only.

The program alternated poetry with flash fiction, and the pieces ranged from humorous to edgy, with moments of laughter as well as silence. The caliber of writing was superb in this intimate evening of live performance.

Fellow participants included Kim Baker, Diane Dolphin, Lynnie Gobeille, Theo Greenblatt, and organizer Kathryn Kulpa.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the evening a resounding success!

“Off the Curb” Now Available in Crack the Spine: Spring 2014 Anthology

It’s here! My short story, “Off the Curb,” has just been published in Crack The Spine’s 2014 spring anthology.

So go ahead, “Crack the Spine. Bend a fresh book until your hands meet beneath its stressed strings. Feel the weight of words snap free. This anthology includes the best poetry and prose from Crack the Spine Literary Magazine’s weekly publications.” (Kerri Farrell Foley, Editor)

There is something delicious about poring through the pages of a brand new literary magazine, never knowing what curiosities or obscure and startling vistas you might encounter. Or, in the case of “Off the Curb,” what chattering faces might appear the branches of your favorite tree…

To order your copy of Crack The Spine: Spring 2014, click here.