Celebrating Liberation Day on February 15

By an accident of court scheduling, my divorce was finalized on February 15, five years ago. The five-year mark feels like a transition from current events to recent history. I’m glad that the divorce happened. It was necessary for a lot of reasons, but I wasn’t the victim in that relationship. I got myself into … Continue reading Celebrating Liberation Day on February 15

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?

Letter to an Almost- or Recent-College-Grad

Dear favorite student ever, You don’t know what to do with the rest of your life. I know the place you are at because I have been there too. I’ve been talking recently with other students who are either facing graduation or recently graduated, and like you, they are anxious. They don’t know what the … Continue reading Letter to an Almost- or Recent-College-Grad