We are living in a time of reversals, losses. There are political shifts, yes, but also very immediate human suffering, both on the incomprehensible level of war, aggression, terror, refugees, exclusion, and brutality, and also the personal level of the individual. ...read more
Every day, I work with writers. From those who are just starting out, gathering their thoughts and looking for tools, to those who have been published. Right now, I am sending off my last letters of advice to my MFA students at Goddard College, and I am also trying to...read more
Do you need help grounding your writing? Want to know why you can’t focus, or what you should be focusing on? Maybe you want to know how to go forward. What’s next? Or, if you have come to a fork in the road, how do you choose? When I have questions like these, I...read more
(reposted from The Writer in the World, the blog for the Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing Program) On the plane headed to the Goddard residency in Port Townsend last week, I watched The Music of Strangers, a documentary about the international Silk Road...read more
This interview was originally published on the Women Authoring Change blog for Hedgebrook, an amazing retreat for women writers. In their own words, "Our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories shape our culture now and for generations to come. Our...read more
Recently, Beth Kephart asked me to talk about my writing process and rituals, and writer's block. She shared my answers in her Junctures newsletter. For those of you who don't get her newsletter, here are my answers: I don’t write every day. I don’t write every week...read more
I am not an expert on Prince. I do not own the purple disk of Purple Rain; I cannot sing every word of every B side. I have not analyzed the Purple One’s sexuality (except to rejoice that there was clearly enough of it for everyone) and have no insight into how or why...read more
From April 3-9th, I will be leading a retreat on the Big Island called Pele's Fire. (For those of you in Hawaii, and therefore on Hawaiian time, if you are interested in joining us for one day only, we have an Aloha Friday intensive that you can still register for...read more
Back in February, I was interviewed by The MFA Project, a tumblr created by Rebecca Wallwork as "an experiment in creating one's own MFA education via a dream team of teachers without the price tag of a degree. In other words, an MFA that is complete fiction."...read more
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