“Weaning Ella”

April 28, 2014

Vintage breastfeeding essay featured on the Brain, Child site this week.  Now how did Ella get to be ten and about to head out for her first sleepover camp?!?!  Good thing she’s weaned 🙂

p.s.  The accompanying photo isn’t actually me & baby Ella. . .


“The Avocado”

March 30, 2014

Hello Friends,

I have a new essay in this spring’s Fourth Genre, currently featured on the FG website, called “The Avocado.”   

I think of this one as my animal (red ants), vegetable (the avocado), mineral (volcano) essay, and it was inspired by my lyric-essay writing friends in the Ashland U low-res program.  Also, I’m guessing the whole nonfiction writing & reading world has already read this beautiful essay by A. Papatya Bucak, but just in case you live under the Facebook-holdout rock that I do (it’s really quite pleasant  under here generally), be sure to check it out.



Essay Daily Posts

March 16, 2014

In addition to being the world’s worst blog updater, my sense of timing and rhythm is atrocious.  For years, I don’t write.  I don’t call.  And then?  Blam.  I’m pretty sure that’s not how it’s done, but since I’m here, I’ll mention one last thing.  If you read and write essays, you probably read Ander Monson’s fabulous blog Essay DailyI’ve had a couple posts there in the last few months, and I’m plotting more:  on Jo Ann Beard’s classic “The Fourth State of Matter” and Kathy Winograd’s freshly-minted “Bathing.”  The essay I am struggling to write now aspires to be the love child of these two kick-fanny essays.

One of my all-time favorite magazines, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, has published what just might be my first lyric essay, “The Avocado.”  Check it out.  If you don’t subscribe (and that would really be ideal, no?), you can always see FG essays on library databases near you: JSTOR or ProjectMuse.

Spring 2014 Events

March 16, 2014

I know.  I’m the world’s worst blog updater.  World’s worst.

Fortunately, I’m somewhat better in person, so if you’re going to be in the vicinity of either Denver, CO or Ashland, OH in the coming months, please come see me at the following events:

The 9th Annual Writers Studio Literary Festival at Arapahoe Community College on Saturday, April 19th.  I’ll be doing a reading and a 2-hour morning workshop on writing flash nonfiction.

The 3rd Annual River Teeth Nonfiction Conference May 30-June 1 with featured guests Brenda Miller & Philip Gerard, plus a gaggle of glorious nonfiction friends.  I’ll have the honor of doing a panel with Sonya Huber and Steve Harvey.  If you love nonfiction, you’ll love RT3!

As for this blog, I’ll try to be better.  True story.

Superstition Review

December 13, 2011

I have an essay in the new issue of Superstition Review (Issue 8, Fall 2011): “Family Portrait: An Essay in Third Person.”  While you’re there, check out new work from Lee Martin, Patrick Madden, Louise DeSalvo and others!

I’ll be teaming up with Sonya Huber, Kate Hopper, and Sarah Wells for a mother-writing panel at next May’s inaugural River Teeth conference (May 18-20).  If you want to hear Sonya, Kate, and me in Minneapolis at last October’s Mother Words reading, check out our recently posted show on the Mom Enough site.

AWP Chicago 2012 News

December 13, 2011

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Chicago next March at the AWP Conference!  I’ll be around, but you can definitely find me in the following locations at the following times for the following events with some other familiar characters:

Friday, March 2, 2012, 10:30 am @ AWP Chicago: “The Rooted Narrator: Negotiating Time and Narrative Distance in Nonfiction” with Sonya Huber, Debra Gwartney, Dan Raeburn, Bonnie J. Rough (now teaching at Ashland!), Grand Ballroom, Palmer House Hilton, 4th Floor

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 3:00 pm @ AWP Chicago: “Fifth Year Anniversary Reading: Ashland University MFA Creative Nonfiction Faculty with Sonya Huber, Robert Root, Steven Harvey, and Kathryn Winograd,” Room Wiliford A, Hilton Hotel 3rd Floor


The Fifth Annual Annual Mother Words Reading

On Thursday, October 13, 2011, at 7 p.m. I’ll be reading with authors (and dear, talented, brilliant friends) Kate Hopper and Sonya Huber at the Open Book, Minneapolis

Darkroom is now in paperback!

September 25, 2011

After eight years in print, Darkroom: A Family Exposure (winner of the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction) has been released in paperback.  Now available at the low, low price of just $19.95, and still sporting all those eye-catching photos, this edition’s as good as the first, but softer, more pliable, more affordable for those of you who have always wanted to teach it in your writing classes.