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creative writing, personal essays

Diptych 1: Iconoclasts

Thirteen inches of agony, drops of blood painstakingly painted on side wound, wrists and ankles. I couldn’t keep that gory cross—my exact words to Rachelle, who laughed—but also couldn’t recall seeing a religious item donated to the local thrift shop. My mother reminded me it was blessed. Still, I wrapped grandma’s crucifix in tissue paper… Continue reading Diptych 1: Iconoclasts

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creative writing

Fish-Bird-Kite: a prose poem*

1. I am a murky expanse. You are watery and fetal. I can taste you, Jellyfish. There is the iron smell-taste in my nose, clotted damp earth in my mouth. My body may be at sea, but my mind is a vessel. And you, over time, no longer boneless: the tiniest known chordate with vestigial… Continue reading Fish-Bird-Kite: a prose poem*

creative writing, personal essays, writer interview

Getting to the truth of our stories: A conversation with Karen Zey

  "Emergent writers need to keep asking themselves: what can I eliminate, what can I expand, what can I rework to get to the heartbeat of my story. Writing creative nonfiction is, after all, heart work." Today I'll be wrapping up my series of interviews on truthtelling and CNF with CNF Outlier alumna, Karen Zey.… Continue reading Getting to the truth of our stories: A conversation with Karen Zey

creative writing, personal essays, writer interview

Truth, myth, metaphor: A conversation with Isaac Yuen

"The world is not an easy place, and sometimes it is scary, and in order for stories to have staying power, they must be true enough to reflect that complexity and darkness, out there and in ourselves." Isaac Yuen is a prolific writer of short stories and personal essays that explore nature, culture, and identity. His… Continue reading Truth, myth, metaphor: A conversation with Isaac Yuen

creative writing, lyric essay

Exciting and unexpected: Best American Essays Notable List

Yesterday I learned my lyric essay, "An Atmospheric Pressure" (winner of Room magazine's 2016 CNF contest) was selected as a Notable Essay by the good people at the Best American Essays series. It's such an honour for my name to appear on this year's Notable list among so many writers I admire including Randon Billings… Continue reading Exciting and unexpected: Best American Essays Notable List

creative writing, personal essays, poetry, writer interview

Truthtelling, technique & trolls: A Conversation with Chelene Knight

"Go to that place that frightens you the most and hang out there for a bit. Get really uncomfortable and write from that place... Kill the vampire right at the beginning. Then keep writing."   Chelene Knight is the author of a book of poetry, Braided Skin (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2015) and Dear Current Occupant,… Continue reading Truthtelling, technique & trolls: A Conversation with Chelene Knight