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Antioch Writers’ Workshop starts tonight!

I’ve been busy the last week or so reading manuscripts for AWW, getting ready for my afternoon workshop. I’m delighted to say the stories are fantastic, and I’m excited to meet the authors who appear to be super cool and insightful and funny. I will have to remind myself the first day that I don’t actually know these people yet, although I feel like I do since they’ve let me in on their fiction. Reading through these stories left me shaking my head once again over how lucky I am that I get to talk about fiction writing with interested people for a living.

Tonight we have a dessert and wine reception followed by Andre Dubus’s reading, and then tomorrow the workshop crazy starts for non-stop action through Friday. I’ve put a lasagna in the freezer and told my husband to pretend like I’m out of town for the week.

There are a slew of free readings, so if you’re in the area, check them out and get in on the madness. Here’s a link to the schedule. Hope to see you there!

LitSalon recap, better late than never

The AWW LitSalon June 1st was awesome (so awesome that I came home and wrote this blog post about it and then promptly forgot to post it because I was so excited to work on fiction). Teri Rizvi hosted and her house was amazing, and Ron Rollins could not have been a more charming emcee. Best part? The crowd. I’m floored by the literary community we have in Dayton, Ohio, and how willing people are to come out and support a good cause. We ate a lot, laughed a lot, chatted a lot, and raised a lot of money for AWW scholarships. Thanks to all who came!

For pics of the event, check out the AWW facebook page.

I’ll keep you updated on upcoming Salons as I hear about them!

Ohioana Book Festival recap

I had a great time at the Ohioana Book Festival! It was wonderful to see so many writers and readers come out on a rainy Saturday, although it is one of those hobbies–reading–that lends itself to bad weather.


The panel on Short Stories went well, in big part because Lucy Snyder and Tom Barlow were so great. The rest of the day I spent next to Danny Hoey, one of my new favorite people. His first novel, The Butterfly Lady, is on my nightstand right now so look for it soon in the What I’m Reading updates!


Ohioana Book Festival, May 10

I’ll be at the Ohioana Book Festival this Saturday, May 10, in Columbus. For most of the day you can find me at the book fair, or from 11:30-12:15, at a panel with Tom Barlow and Lucy Snyder on the awesomeness of short stories. For a full list of authors check here, and for a full schedule, here.


Plus, food trucks! Here’s to not having Korean BBQ in my teeth when I introduce myself to David Giffels.



Midwest is where it’s at

There’s a great article on Flavorwire about Midwestern writers and the value they bring to the literary landscape. Check it out here!


Xhenet Aliu reading

Xhenet Aliu’s book Domesticated Wild Things won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. And no wonder. It’s weird, honest, insightful, and full of those situations that define characters. A girl caught between a bad situation she understands and a good situation she doesn’t. A woman who struggles to survive and own her anger. A gay wrestler struggling to do the right thing. A mother who can’t bring herself to love enough. A boy who understands that the way we treat bugs is just the beginning.

We are super lucky to have her coming to Wright State this Wednesday, March 26. She’ll be reading at 6:00 in the Pathfinder Lounge, Student Union. If you can make it, I guarantee you’ll be glad.

Xhenet Aliu Fiction Reading finalFlyer


I’m better on the other side of the bar

The bartending at Fifth Street Brewpub was a blast! Somehow Katrina and I did not get a picture of us together, probably because we were too busy spilling all that beer. Actually, I don’t think either of us spilled a (full) beer, and while they probably aren’t going to hire us on full-time, at least we didn’t embarrass ourselves. And we raised lots of money for CARE House, so we’ll chalk it up to a great night! A big thanks to all that came out to support the cause.


The Friends of the Greenville Library rock

Sharon Short, Martha Moody, and I had an awesome time at Montage Cafe in Greenville at the Friends of the Greenville Library Authors Night. The restaurant was an awesome place for a reading, and the crowd was amazing. Lots of good questions, good conversation, and energy. Thanks to Sharon for remembering to take pictures!



Here we are getting in on the selfie-craze:


Thanks to everyone who came and offered their support! I plan to come back in March when the featured author will be Suzanne Kelly. Plus I want in on more of that crab salad and great conversation.

Adventures in the Literary Arts panel

The Creative Writing Program at Wright State is hosting a panel tomorrow, Wednesday, February 19, 6:00-7:15p on Adventures in the Literary Arts. Panelist will include Dennis Loranger (Mad River Review), Nathan Floom and Jason Teal (Heavy Feather Review), Fred Kirchner (Gem City Poetry Stage), and Hannah Stephenson (Paging Columbus!). They’ll be talking about starting literary magazines and reading series in their neighborhoods and beyond, and other ways you can get involved in your literary community as a reader and/or writer.

Should be fun!


If you make it, stop and say hello!

The Story Prize finalists

The Story Prize has announced the finalists for this year: George Saunders for The Tenth of December, Andrea Barrett for Archangel, and Rebecca Lee for Bobcat. The winner will be announced on March 5.


And pecial shout-out to fellow Ohioan Ben Stroud for claiming the Story Prize Spotlight Award for his book Byzantium. Another on the to-read list soon!