Monthly Archives: February 2013

What I Did For Love

A scary number of years ago, I worked on a literary magazine in New York City.  Turnstile was a labor of love, a nonprofit corporation with a volunteer staff.  Nine of us, seven of whom worked together for the same book publishing company during our weekdays, met on Tuesday evenings and weekends to hammer out the details of editorial vision, selection process, type faces and lamination, 501 (c) 3 status, and who’d take care of bookstore and library sales.  We were lucky and idealistic and focused.  We put out nine issues in six years, obtained grants, and published work by … Continue reading

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Two short, midweek notes

#1:  The new issue of Arroyo Literary Review (spring 2013) is out, containing my story “The Ruins” and other fine work. #2:  Website problems all fixed now.  Thanks for standing by.

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Get A Job

I’ve worked as a stained-glass artist, a translator, a marine biologist, and an archeologist. Or, rather, my characters have.  One of the most direct ways into inhabiting character and discovering details that lift a story beyond “mere” narrative has always been, for me, what that character does with her day.  How she makes a living, and what kind of a living it is. Growing up, I felt little parental pressure about what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Oh, my dad used to tease me about becoming a dentist, so I could support him and my mother in … Continue reading

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