How to Write a Book in Two Weeks

  On March 28, Okla Elliott asked me if I'd consider writing a short book on Hillary Rodham Clinton for Squint Books, an imprint of Eyewear Publishing in London. I said no, because I had no idea what my angle would be for this project; I hadn't had any burning desire to tackle the topic, … Continue reading How to Write a Book in Two Weeks

Post-low-res-MFA, Dipping Toe into Academic Job Market

Last night I gave a reading at a great school where a faculty member who got an MFA from a low-residency program is now in a wonderful tenure-track faculty position. It can be done, but unfortunately winning a tenure-track position is a leap that is difficult for both candidates from high-residency and low-residency MFA programs. … Continue reading Post-low-res-MFA, Dipping Toe into Academic Job Market

Baking Cakes: A Female Memoirist’s Question-esto

You are a female memoirist. You sometimes feel like an unreliable narrator of your own story. You are part of a vast machine of culinary production, and you feel strangely removed from the formulaic confection you have helped make. The problem is the series of cake pans you have been given, the containers into which … Continue reading Baking Cakes: A Female Memoirist’s Question-esto

The “Free” Workshop as a Substitute for a Reading?

I didn't mean to fill my schedule up like this, but it looks like I'll be reading or teaching at a bunch of places this spring, including four libraries and one conference in Connecticut, a panel on memoir at AWP in Seattle and at a reading for Daniel Nester's Incredible Sestina Anthology, and River Teeth … Continue reading The “Free” Workshop as a Substitute for a Reading?

Lance Armstrong’s lies in memoir protected by First Amendment. Hmmm.

Lance Armstrong was sued this summer by readers who had read his memoirs, It's Not about the Bike (2001) and Every Second Counts (2003) and felt scammed when investigations into Armstrong's doping revealed that the memoirs were untruthful. The $5 million consumer-protection suit "accused Armstrong and publishers Random House and Penguin Group of committing fraud, … Continue reading Lance Armstrong’s lies in memoir protected by First Amendment. Hmmm.