This itsy flash from Joshua Tree has my heart in it. Go read it.
I'm thrilled that "Certain Unboxable Things" gets to make its debut. This monsoony Friday morning is a perfect moment for a divorce-era story, written in such troubled times. You can read "Certain Unboxable Things" at Cold Creek Review and find an interview with the author at the end!
The Shallows is Cold Creek Review's biannual issue. It highlights some of the darker parts of the human experience. Perhaps that's why the Editor-in-Chief Amber D. Tran (quite the badass, if you were wondering) chose to publish CUT.
For their second issue, The Shallows seeks stories "inspired by family secrets that are revealed during moments of loss, guilt, and/or anger. [Their] mission is to publish work that is not afraid to dive into the troubling relationships between family members in the middle of emotional turmoil and discovery." Although burgeoning and, at present, unpaying, The Shallows is competitive and accepts less than 3% of the work submitted. Be sure that if accepted, your work will be in capable and caring hands. They also nominate for prizes. Submission guidelines here.
Of all the princesses, one was most lovely, with eyes the gray of a storm cloud and hair like midnight swells on dark water. Her tree was of ebony limb and pale flower, and it shimmered in winter, as if strung with diamonds.
I look over the small field at him, the one we found several months ago rife with edible tubers. We will have to move soon, because they are mostly gone. Winter is coming again. We will need better shelter.
"Oh! and this is my partner, Canada," I say, turning to introduce Eric to the climber I've been chatting with. Eric leans in with characteristic enthusiasm. He pumps the extended hand of my new friend whose face is quizzical.
The number of climbing Erics in Tucson, Arizona gave rise to this particular nickname. Canada Eric holds enviable dual-citizen status. Every summer, he enjoys a bit of snow-birding, heading back up to his namesake Motherland.
"When No One's Left," out last month in Reckoning Magazine, originated while watching bad sci-fi with Canada.
Afterward, we did what we always do—snuggled into bed discussing the darker parts of what it means to be human.
We talked trajectories and fallouts, we chewed over the potential this species has to be better than it is. We wondered why we haven't risen to our potential. We asked whether, if the world gave us the choice, we would play god—or let the wheel keep turning and turning.
What would you do?
This February, read or listen to "Mudbelly" in Inklette Magazine: Issue IV.
Join me for another fabulous literary event on Sunday Feb. 26 where alumni of Kati Standefer's writing classes (of sex, illness, and trauma) read together for the first time.
Where: Tucson Hop Shop on Dodge
When: February 26, 2017
Readers: Lee Anne Galloway-Mitchell, Sara Hubbs, Maryrose Larkin, Kali Kennedy, Shefali Milczarek-Desai, Taylor Ducklow, Lisa Bowden, Natalie Wardlaw, Lora Rivera, Anna Stoke, & Red Samaniego
Kati's classes have been moving and shaking for me in great and profound ways. Come be part of this celebration of the body, illness, & sexuality narratives that we, her students, have lovingly and sometimes painfully squeezed and coaxed into existence.
I'll be reading about midway in the line-up. Pro tip: Show your CASA member card to get 10% off brews at THS.
Say you'll attend on Facebook. Learn more about the reading on Kati's website.
*Not an event for children.
Tucson Hop Shop
3230 N. Dodge Blvd. Tucson, Arizona 85716
Join in celebrating Tucson's diverse writing community.
Where: Good Oak Bar on Congress
When: February 26, 2017
Readers: Simon Ortiz, Michael Gessner, & Lora Rivera
Tucson indigenous writer and reading series curator Bill Wetzel spearheads this lovely series. My dear friend & colleague LL Madrid will be returning a favor from last month and introducing me.
See you there, I hope!