TENDER POINTS IS BACK
I’m so happy that Nightboat Books is rereleasing Tender Points! The new edition (which you can preorder now, and will exist in October) includes a new afterword in which I get emotional about how writing, reading from, and touring with the book helped me connect with other chronically ill people and survivors.
THERE’S A SPECIAL ISSUE OF 580 SPLIT
Leading a workshop at Mills last year was such a wonderful experience. I'm really proud to see my workshop info and a (raw! new! quite short!) excerpt from my novel in the new 580 Split, which consists of work and workshop details from everyone who taught in the series. Mills, I hope you do this again!
TENDER POINTS GETS A SHOUT-OUT IN JULIE DELPORTE’S NEW BOOK
Julie Delporte’s beautiful freeform graphic novel This Woman’s Work started out as a book about Tove Jansson but wound up being a book about trauma and feminism. There’s a gorgeous drawing of Tender Points in it, and I’m so honored to be on her list of “feminaries.”
I’M GOING TO MINNESOTA
I’m looking forward to spending September at the Anderson Center at Tower View. I can’t think of a more beautiful place to slog through novel revisions. And then I’ll likely do a reading in Minneapolis in early October … will share info when I know.
HEAR ME TALK ABOUT ORANGES
I've been selected to give a Place Talk at the Prelinger Library! I'll be talking about all the work oranges do to represent place and hold space, and investigating how a Jewish tradition has become alienated from its queer roots. My talk is March 14, 2019 if you want to plan ahead.
MILLS OAKLAND WRITERS WORKSHOP
I’m teaching a writing workshop called Bodies and Forms at Mills College on Saturday, November 10 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. It’s free and open to the public. Join me!
I COLLABORATED WITH CATALINA OUYANG
Artist Catalina Ouyang invited writers to create "translations" of the conclusion of the Title IX report from the 2016 investigation of her sexual assault at her undergraduate university. I imagined a long, messy conversation among a jury of the "Complainant's" peers. Others wrote spare, haunting poems. See the project here, and my contribution here.
SMALL TIME IN MARCH
I traveled to Point Arena, CA for the Small Time residency: a collaboration between Small Press Traffic and This Will Take Time. I had a great time, wrote a lot, walked to the ocean, consistently relied on other residents to make fires in the fireplace. This is a skill I need to work on.
I WROTE A LETTER
I was invited to contribute a letter to McSweeney's Issue 51. I wrote about neo-Nazis, the grody remnants of the Summer of Love, and wanting a mezuzah.
NEBRASKA WAS GREAT
I had a wonderful time at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and am now back home, working on the book while distracted by family, friends, work, and my cat.