Voice First: A Writer’s Manifesto

I wrote Voice First: A Writer's Manifesto after writing in the voices of Pain Woman and other nonfiction personas prompted me to think in a new way about "voice." Rather than thinking of voice as singular, I frame it in this short, accessible writing guide as a multiplicity, influenced by many writers and thinkers I … Continue reading Voice First: A Writer’s Manifesto

Supremely Tiny Acts Events

Hello all! I'm very excited to launch Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir of a Day, which arrives in October 2021 from Mad Creek Books at the Ohio State University Press and is now available to pre-order! You can learn more about the book, including stream-of-consciousness writing and inspirations for this book, here. While I will … Continue reading Supremely Tiny Acts Events

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Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir of a Day

A 2021 IndieNEXT Finalist in the "Memoir/Autobiography" Category! Buy the Book ISBN: 978-0-8142-5804-0, $19.95 PaperbackOhio State University/Mad Creek Books (pre-order, expected release date October 2021) About the Book This is an attempt to write a book-length essay about a single day, from start to finish. Inside the container of the day in which I go … Continue reading Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir of a Day

Pretty Amazing: Two Disabled Activist Memoirs

It might seem like a coincidence: two books released in the same season with "pretty" in the title by disability activists. But the reasons are far more than skin deep. Both authors were told how attractive they were, with the implication or outright statement added that this beauty was wasted on a disabled person. Both … Continue reading Pretty Amazing: Two Disabled Activist Memoirs

The Essay as Buddhist Practice

Sitting on my cushion to meditate, I sometimes feel like I’m burrowing inside an essay. And at the keyboard, I take out a few Buddhist tools to chip away at whatever subject I’m pursuing. One of my teachers, Elizabeth Mattis Nyamgel, has a book called The Heart of an Open Question, which was really important … Continue reading The Essay as Buddhist Practice