You didn’t miss a post from me last week; I was up to my eyeballs in paid work, which I’m blessed to have in these strange days. But the highlight of my week was the publication of the anthology, Furious Gravity!
Published on May 1, Furious Gravity is the ninth volume of the Grace & Gravity series, a set of books founded by Richard Peabody to amplify the voices of DC women writers. It’s now edited by Melissa Scholes Young, a writer and professor at American University. I could not have been more honored to have my short story, “Sand and Salt,” featured in it!
My first author interview was conducted by American MFA student Kira Bunkholt, who asked some really probing questions about why I write what I do. (Here’s what I learned from doing this interview. The first one always makes the next ones better!) This made me feel like a real writer before publication, but the book’s birthday was a whole bigger feeling.
To celebrate the publication, the contributors are doing readings on the Internet from throughout the DC area. Yesterday, I MC’d the reading sponsored by The Writer’s Center, in which nine contributors read from their stories. And it was absolutely breathtaking. Nonfiction and fiction alike moved me in ways I was not even expecting. And it was such a joy to moderate so much talent!
The next reading is “at” Politics & Prose via their online platform on May 10. (Register to get the link!) Contributors Mary Kay Zuravleff and Tara Campbell will be reading and answering questions. And then on May 14, I’ll read part of my story during Readings on the Pike! (See here for details and to get the link.) There will probably be another reading or two, too.
I hate that the contributors couldn’t all be together, but it has been utterly delightful to be apart of this whole process. I can’t describe how wonderful it is to hold this book in my hands and to run my palm across the words that I started writing in summer 2017. INDESCRIBABLE.
I love how life comes full circle, especially when you get to hold it in your hands.