It’s been a long time since I’ve written a personal update for the blog. I spent the last couple months getting my life out of a tailspin. Now that my plane has somewhat stabilized, I have good news and new adventures to announce.
One year ago, I was accepted to Green Olive Arts in Morocco. The residency, writing, and following travel this spring and summer was everything I hoped it would be, and in the time since I’ve been home, I’ve slowly edited a few stories to completion. You can read about the experience here. You might have read two of these stories, but the rest have not been made public. Fear not! A small handmade chapbook of selected writings will be made available soon. In the meantime, you can still purchase Interiors here if you have not read those four.
Now for the big news: Right now, you can head on over to On The Premises and read my newly published piece, The Frayed Edge, which won an honorable mention out of 403 entries in the 2016 “Darkness” themed contest. I’ve sent this story out to many literary magazines, but this is the first time it’s been made available to a wide public. I was always fond of this piece.
Another story, Survivors, has been shortlisted on TSS: The Short Story for their 2016 quarterly competition. This one is pretty heavy, but it’s one of my personal favorites. Winners will be announced at the end of the month.
You can head over to my awesome friend Jessica Conoley’s website for my KC Writes interview and hear me talk about why I need to write fiction, the secret reason I write criticism, and generally what it’s like to live in my brain. Conoley’s podcast is a must-hear for KC writers and readers.
As far as art writing goes, I’ve spent the last couple months plotting my freelance business and figuring out my rates and availability. For Kansas Citians, this means artists, galleries, individuals, and small businesses will be able to hire me for projects that require writing. Brochures, books, copy, statements, reviews, grants–you name it, I can write it. Contact me through my email if you have any questions or want to discuss a project.
My recent critical work for the 2016 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards Exhibition came in this snazzy brochure and is available at the Kemper Crossroads gallery until the exhibition closes January 7th, 2017. I got to visit each of the artists in their studios, discuss their creative processes, and interpret the excellent work I saw.
I will have some new fiction for you to preview in the coming weeks. I have been busy with freelance projects and art writing, but I have some fiction in the shop. Writing is a slow process for me, so thanks for being patient as I organize my life outside of my fiction and get some necessary things in order.
My sincerest THANK YOU to everyone who keeps up and everyone who supports my work by reading and sharing. It’s rewarding to know I have readers out there!