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Voices of the Midwest conference

Midwestern Gothic is hosting a festival for Midwestern writers and publishers on March 22, 2014.


Curtis Sittenfeld is the keynote speaker! And it’s in Ann Arbor! This is an amazing city, especially if you like Reubens, which I recommend you get at Zingerman’s Deli. Unless you are a vegetarian, in which case you might not be fairing so well in the Midwest anyway.

For more information on the festival, visit here!

Antioch Writers’ Workshop

I’m so happy to be part of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop faculty this summer!

The workshop runs from July 12-18, and I’ll be there with Andre Dubus III, Tara Ison, Christopher DeWeese, Matthew Goodman, Hallie Ephron, Katrina Kittle, Marly Youmans, Eileen Cronin, and Gayle Brandeis. If you’re looking for a crazy-fun week and you love to write, this is for you!

Registration is open, and as of now, slots are still available. AWW will host a free informational seminar (including info on scholarships!) about the workshop on March 9, 2:00-3:30 at Books & Co. Or for more information on the week, you can click here.

Hope to see you this summer, and please feel free to contact me with any questions!



An opportunity to drink beer!

Just a reminder that Katrina Kittle and I will be guest bartending at Fifth Street Brewpub on Monday, March 3. All our tips (and there will be plenty, we hope!) will be donated to CARE House child advocacy center. Here’s the flyer, so you know it’s official:


Reading on Friday, February 21 with Martha Moody and Sharon Short

I’m super excited to be reading with Martha and Sharon at the Greenville Friends of the Library’s Author Night!

If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by! We’d love to see you and chat.1604923_730242547000782_1733022784_n

Guest bartender!

Katrina Kittle and I are going to be guest bartending at the Fifth Street Brewpub on Monday, March 3 from 6:00-9:00!


We’ll be tapping a keg of Bell’s Two-Hearted and pints will be a dollar off, plus a portion of all bar tips (we might be getting ahead of ourselves here, but surely we’ll earn some) will be donated to CARE House so you can get your buzz on and support kids at the same time. Also, free spills!


This might be the biggest thing to happen in my career, not only so far but forever. Please come and support your local brewpub, your local authors, and kids all at the same time. That should give you enough good karma to write off your hangover and bad attitude on March 4.

AWW LitSalon, February 9, 4:00-7:00p

The Antioch Writers’ Workshop is hosting another LitSalon for Valentine’s Day with romance author, Donna MacMeans. She writes sexy stuff, and it will be in a sexy location (Blush Photography studios!), and my guess is there will be some sexy snacks, or at least wine, the sexiest of all if you drink enough.

Years ago my friends and I hosted a Sexy/Whiskey Party where the theme was to dress sexy and drink whiskey. It was kind of brilliant in its simplicity. We had lots of phallic foods like pretzel rods and carrot sticks, but the real find was a can of “rough and ragged” peaches, which were so suggestive I couldn’t look them in the eye-fruit. Those peaches were like a porn movie crossed with the Harry and David catalog, which always has some suspect photographs of spiraled ham. (I have to link to it; I can’t even put that picture on this family-friendly blog.) I’m hopeful the LitSalon will keep it a little classier than that.

For more information, check out the AWW website!

Reminder of Christle/Smith reading on Wednesday

Don’t forget that Heather Christle and Abraham Smith, two kick-ass poets, will be reading at Wright State this Wednesday at 6:00 in the Pathfinder Lounge, Student Union.

You should come!

Heather Christle and Abraham Smith reading

Poets Heather Christle and Abraham Smith will be reading at Wright State on Wednesday, January 22. It’s at 6:00p in the Pathfinder Lounge in the Student Union and it’s going to be fantastic, I totally guarantee it. Hope to see you there!


Abraham Smith courtesy of Abraham Smith sm email

Free writing seminar on Sunday!

Don’t forget about the free seminar on Setting Writing Goals/The Business of Writing at Books and Co on Sunday, 4:30! It will be awesome.

The Business of Writing workshop

If there’s one thing in the world I love, it’s setting goals. Reaching them is a different story, but oh, the fresh possibilities of a new goal!

As part of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop’s free Sunday seminars, Sharon Short and I will be leading a workshop at the Greene’s Books and Co this Sunday, January 12, 4:30-6:00*, on Setting Writing Goals/The Business of Writing. Trying to figure out where to send something, or how to get an agent? We can help! Need help setting some goals to make that happen? We’re your ladies!

I hope to see you there!