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.

rawboned Gets a Nod, Brevity-style


This just in: over the weekend, the good people at Brevity gave Trisha Winn’s rawboned a mention. As an editor, I’m feeling the love. Viewership and submissions were rolling fast by Sunday night. Keep it going. Submit your best bear-pokings. I promise to … Continue reading

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Meto-News: January 2015


I’m thrilled to say my contributor’s copies of Sou’wester, with my story, Graduation Event, are here. If Graduation Event could talk, it would gush about how much it loves the work featured in this edition by writers like Martha Silano, Sarah Gerkensmeyer, … Continue reading

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Prompt-a-thon


Whoever came up with the abhorrent idea that January first is invigorating? Post-holidays, I am not invigorated, I’m exhausted. Resolution is not in the air. Days are dark, dreamy. Nights feel right cozied up with family. Mornings feel like a … Continue reading

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A Poem for Solstice


I always find Solstice oddly bittersweet. I rest into the dark, have myself a long and shadowy dream time, and when the light begins to call with news of pending industriousness? I can’t help but look back. No one expresses this better … Continue reading

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Meto-News Addendum


Isn’t that always the way? Post news, get news. So, three things: 1. Recently, I enjoyed the opportunity to interview a wonderful writer (and all around friendly person), Julia Strayer, for Smokelong Quarterly, a fabulous online journal with great taste in material and … Continue reading

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Meto-News for 12-14: Good Stuff to Click


So here’s a rundown of cool stuff, linked and highly clickable: Volume XXVII.2 of The Concho River Review has arrived. I’m particularly proud of this piece appearing in this journal. Angelo State University, Concho River’s sponsoring institution, is kind of in … Continue reading

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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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