At the end of this month, I’m delighted to be presenting at Colgate University’s Spring 2019 Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series on the connections between human language and environmental justice. This talk converges my teaching in environmental literature and creative writing, as well as how environmental justice shapes the language of my own creative work. I’m so looking forward to the event – if you’re in the area, please join us on Tuesday, April 30th at 4:15pm!
First pre-pub alert! This past month, Library Journal published its Emerging Stars preview for Literary Fiction, which included The Desert Sky Before Us for its May release radar. Many thanks to editor Barbara Hoffert for including me on this list!
This week I had the phenomenal pleasure of visiting the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series, where I gave a craft talk and reading and had the chance to meet with the program’s really talented MFA students and work with them on fiction manuscripts. It was such a wonderful visit, and I’m so grateful to Sara Eliza Johnson for inviting me – and also for taking me out to see Denali National Park, Chena Hot Springs and the northern lights!
In advance of BookFest 2018 this weekend, St. Louis Magazine was so kind to interview me about Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, about writing about my hometown, and about this weekend’s Fresh Fierce Fiction panel where I’ll be discussing fierce fiction at 12pm on Saturday with Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Rebecca Makkai and Deborah Eisenberg. Huge thanks to editor Amanda Woytus for taking the time to chat with me!
BookFest 2018 is coming up the weekend of September 21-23 in St. Louis, and I’m beyond thrilled to participate in the Fresh Fierce Fiction panel on Saturday, September 22 at 12pm with Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Rebecca Makkai and Deborah Eisenberg. BookFest is sponsored by my favorite hometown independent bookstore, Left Bank Books, and will feature an amazing lineup of authors including Sally Field, Gary Shteyngart, Jacqui Germain, Tessa Fontaine, Dana Levin, Callista Buchen, Michael Nye, and many more. Looking forward to seeing you in STL!
Left Bank Books has been my favorite independent bookstore since I was a kid and they do such wonderful work in St. Louis, which now includes putting on BookFest St. Louis each fall. I’m beyond thrilled to join the lineup of this fall’s #BookFestSTL, which includes readings and panels by Sally Field, Gary Shteyngart, Sarah Kendzior, and Tessa Fontaine, among many others. I’ll be discussing literary fiction on a panel with Rebecca Makkai and Blair Hurley on Saturday, September 22, with more details to come. See you in September, St. Louis!