Category Archives: creative process

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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Confessional List of an AWP Virgin


1 Dear AWP, You are a beautiful behemoth. I will ride dozens of your millions of corpuscles and arrive somewhere vital, fixated. XO, Overwhelmed Conference Virgin 2 Notes Taken During a Panel In a central circle, middle of the page: … Continue reading

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While I Write, My Dog Waits for Me


I had a lot of work to do this week. A deadline loomed beyond the sunny land of day like a wheel of sharks’ teeth waiting at the end of a seven day drift on a paper raft down a … Continue reading

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Helen


I spent last night laughing out loud with my sister about the holes in the kitchen wall of the house where they all lived years before I was born. My sisters, early acclimated to tornado weather and our parents’ fights, used … Continue reading

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Fire-Eating


I had another of my interesting dreams. After a busy week of creative nonproductivity, buried under screamingly busy surface issues like traffic and work and grading and laundry that came out of the washer tied in mysteriously intricate knots, I … Continue reading

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