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 in REED, reDivider, The Concho River Review, Sou'wester, Moon City Review, and elsewhere. Currently, 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.

A New Adventure: Sparrow & Raven


It’s time to embark on a new adventure. Robyn Lynn, of RobynLynnwriter, and I have teamed up to offer writing help, instant inspiration, monthly jolts of creative juice, and/or, big fun on the road. Our new website is beautiful and … Continue reading

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A Good Talk


You said, “I have something I was thinking about telling you, but I wish I knew how you’ll take it.” Your truth wasn’t something I had to “take”. I love you, actual you, real you, all of you. Knowing more of … Continue reading

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Naming the Wingman


Hey y’all, I want to talk about Billy Bush, so I’m going to. Actually, let’s talk about the tape. I won’t embed it, but you can follow the link if you haven’t seen it in its ugly entirety. Please don’t … Continue reading

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Meto-news: Smokelong Interview with Zach VandeZande


A much needed step toward some happy shares to come, please enjoy my all-in-the-spirit-of-angelic-fun interview with writer, Zach VandeZande, currently up in the new issue of Smokelong Quarterly. A shout out in thanks to Mike Czyzniejewski, Smokelong’s interview editor, for letting me … Continue reading

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For my father-in-law, Downer


Mostly, I have written here about writing. But sometimes,  in a life of writing, things happen and then there is no way forward but through. Downer, I wrote this for you a long time ago.  Now I imagine I read it to you … Continue reading

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Returning from the Ghost Pile


  I’ve been away for a long time. What makes that absence kind of strange is that I have a pile of writing, and specifically blog posts–those essaying conversations–never to see the light of day. I wrote them, but didn’t post … Continue reading

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May ’15 Meto-News: New Publication in Timber, Vol. 5


I am happy to share with you the publication of my short story, “Revival”, in Timber, Vol. 5. This piece is yet another of the upcoming—nearly there—Southern story collection I began working on in earnest during the final phase of … Continue reading

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