The Siskiyou Prize

Here’s an opportunity for all eco-conscious writers! The Siskiyou Prize for new environmental literature has just opened for submissions. Karen Joy Fowler will judge and the winner will earn a $1,000 prize and publication of their manuscript. Submit your environmental novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections between now and September 30, 2014.  

Quinoa Salad

It’s been a little over a year since I started my vegetarian journey and, from what I hear, my path has taken a sadly typical trajectory. I started out completely unaware of what nutrients my body needed and thought by removing meat from my plate I could call it done. Uh, nope. That mistake, coupled . . . 

Best of the Bookfair

I wanted to share two of my top finds at AWP’s book fair this year, because you shouldn’t have to go to Seattle to get some great literary goodies. Prompt & Circumstance  This gem of a website bills itself as “A resource dedicated to lighting creative fires.” Now what could be better than that? Every . . . 

The Greening of Literature

AWP 2014 was fantastic, and I’m not just talking about the weather. More than 12,000 writers took over downtown Seattle a few weeks ago and I was honored to be one of them. From the book fair to the panels, readings, and after-parties, bibliophiles ruled the weekend—in our self-conscious, frumpy way. John Yunker posted a . . . 

AWP 2014

I suppose I could apologize for another long absence or simply link to previous blog entries with similar apologies, but to tell the truth I’m not feeling particularly contrite. It’s been a busy few months. I’m immersed in finishing my next book (teaser page coming soon!) and getting ready for AWP 2014. If anyone is . . .