Archive for Ohio writers

Anne Valente came to town

Anne Valente came to Wright State for a reading this past Wednesday, and by god, she was as charming as her fiction. I love it when I like writers as much as I like their writing. She was gracious with her time, attentive to students and their questions, and read with authority and grace.




She lives in Cincinnati and I hope we keep in touch. What a treat to keep meeting such awesome local authors.

Huge thanks to Jane Blakelock for the wonderful pics!


New book review – Becky Adnot-Haynes, The Year of Perfect Happines

I have a new book review up at Heavy Feather Review of Adnot-Haynes’s book The Year of Perfect Happiness.

As I say at the end, by chance this is the second book I’ve reviewed recently from a creative writing graduate of the University of Cincinnati. There is exciting work coming out of that program!

Thanks to Heavy Feather Review for letting me review for them! I’m super pleased to be in such good company.

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.