"Our Space" and Our Writing Community

Writespace director Elizabeth White-Olsen and "Our Space" editor Holly Walrath celebrate with contributor Tyler Darnell.

Writespace director Elizabeth White-Olsen and “Our Space” editor Holly Walrath celebrate with contributor Tyler Darnell.

I feel happy and honored to be a part of the Writespace anthology, Our Space: Shorts & Poetry from the Houston Community. The anthology, curated by Holly Walrath, features a wide rage of poetry, memoir and flash fiction. It includes my flash fiction story, “Pillion 2006,” which won an honorable mention in the Carolyn A. Clark Flash Fiction Prize contest. Proceeds from the collection will support the vital educational offerings and writing community events that Writespace provides.

Fiction gems in the collection include Layla Al-Bedawi’s “Origin,” Joy Preble’s “Love Sick,” and Sara Rolater’s “Buy Now Pay Later.” Carlos Herbert Hernandez and Kristin Bonilla contribute memorable pieces about the ragged cord connecting parents and children. Several excellent poems fill out this diverse collection. Snatches of the poems “Rummy Love” by Christa M. Forster and “Alice” by Amir Safi still echo in my memory.

Dedicated Writespace leaders Elizabeth-White Olsen and Holy Walrath threw a fun and well-attended launch party and reading for the collection at Rudyard’s Pub at the end of August. I always get a wee bit nervous before I read my flash, and I haven’t read my flash aloud in that setting. Silly me, I needn’t have felt any anxiety. The writers, friends and readers who came to listen and celebrate created a great energy! For the five minutes that I read my piece, I felt a little bit like a rock star.

Me reading "Pillion 2006" to a wonderful crowd at the launch.

Me reading “Pillion 2006” to a wonderful crowd at the launch.

Our Space, a fundraiser for the thriving Houston writing center Writespace, is available at the center and from Amazon.

For more info on Writespace see:

http://www.writespacehouston.org

To buy the anthology on Amazon see:

http://www.amazon.com/Our-Space-Shorts-Houston-Community/dp/0692513523 

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