Tonight at Liminal, a feminist and womanist space for writers in East Oakland, I’ll be reading the Salvation of Soup, a personal essay I’m working on. Since mid-April, I have been a Writer-in-Residence during Liminal’s new co-working hours, and you can continue to find me there through June from 1 pm to 5 pm on Wednesdays! If you identify as a woman and you’re interested in checking out a supportive co-working space, Liminal is a great option. First time drop-ins are free, and monthly memberships are available at very reasonable rates.
As for tonight’s reading, which yes, I should have posted about earlier, it’s an evening of Liminal’s Writers In Residence sharing works that we’ve been pecking at for the past few weeks. I wrote the first draft of the Salvation of Soup last spring, and I’ve been slowly gleaning out the filler — I originally wrote it for a submission call that asked for 1,000 words more than I really thought this essay should be. So I think I’m getting closer to my original intention!
In addition to hearing our WIPs, tonight is also the closing for Sheri Park’s art exhibition Wear & Tear: Living Woman. Art response pieces to her work and an art journaling station will be ongoing. Doors at 7, readings begin at 8! Come out and buy some art and lend me your ear!
I am excited to announce that I’ll be participating in a literary reading in one week with At the Inkwell! Giving readings is one of my favorite parts of being a writer, though I also get just a little bit of stage fright before it’s my turn at the mike, so familiar faces in the crowd are always helpful. I am one of five authors reading on 2/29 at Alley Cat Books (3036 24th Street, San Francisco) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
I’ll be sharing “No Crossing,” the prologue to what will eventually become my third book. The theme of the reading, appropriately, is Leap Year. I considered writing a personal essay for it, seeing where inspiration led. But then I remembered “No Crossing” patiently waiting in my virtual manuscript shelf for me to write the rest of the book. It’ll have to keep waiting for that narrative, but the prologue ties in wonderfully to the Leap Year theme, with a giant canyon to surmount and the shattered and re-building faith of a young girl learning that adults don’t always tell the full story. Regina takes a leap at the end into what will someday be her own story … when I write that part. 😉
Full information on the reading, along with my bio and those of the other authors, can be found here. Let me know if you plan to come!
As those of you who’ve read my short story, “The Cold, Hard Facts of Life,” already know, the One Word Story Project didn’t quite come together this year. But that doesn’t mean that its participants didn’t write great fiction! So here are links to two more of the short stories written for the project, hosted on their authors’ websites for free. Like I did, they wanted to release these one-word-inspired stories out into the world!
First, Anya Davis’s “the Kindness of Kingfishers” uses halcyon as the inspiration for a love story, one perhaps doomed from the start but blessed with a beautiful use of language to tell it.
Second, Darci Cole gives us “Boys, Baseball, and Biology,” all subjects that often appear obfuscated to me. There’s plenty of adolescent miscommunication in this one…and plenty of cute, adolescent hormones as well. Yes, I just called hormones cute.
Finally, you can read four stories published on Team Hellions for the project, all in one place! Of them, Eve Jacob’s “Akasha” stood out for her entertaining duo of space-faring sisters on the hunt for a book on an ancient Earth religion. Rob Kristoffersen’s “Home is Where the Haunting Is” also painted a haunting portrait of the lingering effects of divorce.