Flash Fiction Spotlight: Holly Lyn Walrath

I love the urgency of flash. “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid (published in 1978) is one of my favorite stories of any length. Even before flash fiction became trendy, the call of the concise fictional moment rang loudly. Writing, reading, and teaching about flash feel natural to me, but precision can be challenging. Which telling detail will say […]

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Poetry & Community Rise From the Flood Waters

Texas writers have struggled to make meaning out of the way in which the winds & floods of Hurricane Harvey battered our state. I am sure that writers in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and parts of Florida face some of the same questions. Writing is my refuge and the air into which I […]

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Travels

Summer is a time for canvas beach bags, flip-flops, suitcases, long drives in sandy cars and making memories. In honor of summer trips-across the country to the lake house or across the city to the splash pad, I’m sharing my poem about a truly kind friend who left Jakarta before me and went to live […]

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Creative Ideas Flowed at Writefest 2017

Writefest 2017 was a wonderful week packed with inspiring workshops and fascinating panels. Heartfelt gratitude to Layla Al-Bedawi and Holly Walrath for organizing the conference, and to all the volunteers who kept things humming along. I was honored to present an authors’ chat with flash fiction legend Kathy Fish! Skilled, modest, and creative, she offered […]

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Sparkle & Butterflies

It’s thrilling and terrifying to read new stories. You make yourself vulnerable. You share the characters who have stolen your heart with a room full of strangers, and hope that the characters’ journeys will move the audience, too. Reading aloud makes my stomach clench. The butterflies inside it aren’t merely fluttering- they’re beating their wings […]

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Poet Spotlight: T. Haven Morse

  Do you love evocative poetry? I am pleased to know poet T. Haven Morse, and I’m excited to tell you about her new book, “Flooded By: A Persona Poetry Collection.” This unique read contains interesting glimpses into the psyches and souls of sixty emotionally driven individuals. People filled with anger, jealousy, joy, and wonder. I […]

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Writing in Times of Change

Let’s get this straight, I respect fiction writers of all political opinions. A well-crafted story is a well-crafted story. However, I do think that it is the writer’s responsibility to hold up a mirror to their society. This may be done directly in a poem or a memoir, in a story with characters going through […]

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Happy Book Birthday to A Compelling Collection

  I’m delighted to announce the publication today of “Approaching Footsteps-” four suspenseful novellas that add up to one compelling read! Don’t miss these four tales by award-winning women writers. Get your copy today for $16 from Spider Road Press’s website or Amazon. Or download the Kindle ebook for only $2.99! Editing this suspenseful anthology […]

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My Gratitude Book

The first collection that I have curated since becoming a working mom comes out in less than two weeks! I am thrilled! And I am also a little nervous, very proud and pretty gosh-darned tired. I can’t wait for y’all to read the four unique and suspenseful novellas in here. This book has been a […]

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