Author Archives: metonymicalpen

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.

Art, a Verb for Hard Times


During the last few weeks of what has—inaccurately—felt like unprecedented social, political, and moral turmoil on a global scale, I have found it difficult to stay focused on writing or writing about creative interests of any kind. While everyone watched … Continue reading

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Rejection Therapy


Recently, my poetry-writing husband, David White, (check him out in the latest edition of PRISM International and coming soon in Southwestern American Literature), received a rejection from a desirable publication. Now, rejections are like boiled eggs, they stink, but they … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction Love Goes On


  What a wonderful week of talking to people about flash fiction. While I percolate various–varied–expressive feedback in praise, love, ambivalence, or contempt for the form, I thought it would be nice to offer up a beautiful Russell Banks quote. Of short-short fiction, Banks once … Continue reading

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New Meto-news and Online Journal Love


Spoke too soon! Another of my stories, “The Hummingbird Murder”, is currently live at theNewerYork. For the longest time I had been hanging around their venue, enjoying their unusual format and the way work is presented there. Only recently did … Continue reading

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Meto-news


 My short story, “My Grandmother, Lily, Says a Few Words About Brooding”, appears in the current edition of Clockhouse. I’ve gone a bit fan-girl realizing that my favorite American poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, also appears in this edition. I was … Continue reading

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Ceremony


Consider this conversation I had with my nine year old today: “I need some stuff so I can write a letter to my cousins.” “That’s a great idea. What do you need?” “Pajamas, purple ink pens, lined paper, a cup … Continue reading

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Permission


Have you ever heard sage warnings about how hard it is to make it in the arts, about how many dues you have to pay and how unlikely it is that you have the goods (read: talent) to pay them … Continue reading

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