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, 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, 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

creative writing, flash essay, personal essays

Full Circle: A Collaboration

Recently one of my personal essays, Shame Shame, was published at Hippocampus, an online literary magazine devoted to memorable creative non-fiction. I was so excited when I received the acceptance email over Christmas, I leaped out of my chair, screamed and jumped up and down. Acceptances are rare! But word that my piece would finally… Continue reading Full Circle: A Collaboration

creative writing, creativity, personal essays, poetry

Freewheeling Inspiration (And Finishing What You Start)

It's the best feeling in the world, being inspired, I say. These past few months have been a particularly fertile time, with ideas cartwheeling out of my brain almost faster than I can catch them. At the same time, I've been trying to finish a number of pieces I've started. The more time I spend… Continue reading Freewheeling Inspiration (And Finishing What You Start)