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About metonymicalpen

I earned an M.F.A. from Goddard College in 2013. Since then, my work has received the 2013 Beacon Street Prize in Short Fiction and the 2014 John Steinbeck Short Fiction Award. My stories have appeared or will soon appear in REED, Redivider, The Concho River Review, Clockhouse, and theNewerYork,among other places. I live in the desert with my family , but I am trying to move us closer to water. We need an ocean to float all of our ideas.

Prompt-a-thon: Fun with Appropriation


Warning: There be politics ahead. But also good material. Let’s make fun of the current legislative session, which has taken a farcically mustache twirling turn all across the country. From pro-hate laws in Indiana to anti-education laws and curtailments of free speech … Continue reading

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Did I Icon the Week Away?


For the longest time,  a wooden egg I found at a remnants sale has sat on a shelf in my closet. I’ve had a confusing variety of ideas about what should cover the egg—everything from decoupage flowers to simple gradations … Continue reading

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Things I Can Say about Spock, an Ex-Academic, and Power Now that They’ve All Bumped into Each Other in My Head


Of course it is sad, I am sad, to know that Leonard Nimoy is gone. With unashamed sentiment, I have read some lovely eulogies, tributes that address fully what a fan should say about the man and his body of … Continue reading

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Meto-things: What’s Up


Here is where things are at: 1 My partner in all things of art and life, David L. White, has three poems up at The Knicknackery, “Low Tide”, “Crochet”, and “At Oven’s Door”, which I can’t even read because it breaks me. Intensity. I … Continue reading

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Prompt-a-thon, with Pictures


I have learned something valuable: Prompts are well liked. I guess I get a little frustrated with prompt-driven writing because it was so much a part of the public school classroom. I, the student me, hated grade school (and everything … Continue reading

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Meto-News 2/10/15: tNY Anthology Arrives and Other Intriguing Thoughts


As previously promised, here are my tNY Book IV contributor’s kickbacks. Visuals reign supreme in this weird little book, which is as it should be. Check it out: My story appears on page 24  and is paired here not with the artwork of … Continue reading

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Places: An Elegy


I’m pleased to share news from my partner in life, David L. White, as we enjoy his latest publication.  His poem, “A Sonnet Just South of Kyrene and Chandler”, is freshly printed in the fall, 2014 edition of Southwestern American … Continue reading

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