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Literary Happenings

Style Weekly Women in the Arts, 2017

So honored to be chosen as one of Style Weekly's Women in the Arts for 2017. Style does a lot to support the arts and general culture in Richmond, Virginia--it was great to be among so many wonderful artists across the spectrum of philanthropy, printmaking, dance, theater--you name it. A very vibrant community. And here I am in my anti-migraine sunglasses, looking as if I'm having a religious experience as a result ... Well, it was a great night, complete with trophy! Click the photo above for more pictures from the event, and click the button below for the writeup about me, the supernova of 1572, post-concussive disorder, and how the world becomes new again through fiction and random acts of fate, negligent neighbors, and astronomy.  You'll also get to read about the other winners and their work, of which I am in awe.

Virginia Festival of the Book, March 20, 2014

Panel:  "Quests for Meaning"


What do a novel set in 1920s China, a violent fairy tale, and a boy's struggle in the Mekong Delta have in common?


"Quests for Meaning" featured me and Virginia Pye, plus Audrey Chin and Leone Ciporin (moderator).  


featuring Aimee Agresti, Gigi Amateau, Hannah Barnaby, Susann Cokal, Kathy Erskine, Lana Krumwiede, Meg Medina, Erica Orloff, Valerie Patterson , Madelyn Rosenberg, Sarah Sullivan, Steve Watkins, Sylvia Whitman, A. B. Westrick ...

This was one of the most physical events in which I've ever participated--an entire high school brass band was there to play us off when our time was up (migraine demons abounded).

Always up for a book club visit or phone or Skype chat.  This is Leslie Hayes's good-looking book group in New Mexico; we talked about Mirabilis.

The Kingdom BOOK CHAT ... Monday, November 4, 2013, at Chop Suey Books in Richmond's Carytown. Ward Tefft hosted the sidereal Gigi Amateau and me; we conversed about history, girls, bodies, The Kingdom of Little Wounds, what makes for YA vs. plain A, and how to spin sugar into wine goblets. Folks came for the chocolate, avoided election anxiety, and stayed for a chance to win a fridge magnet or T-shirt. 



Thanks to Rivka Swenson for the photo. 

September 5, 2013:

Broad Street Magazine Launch Party


BIG SUCCESS!  A swanky fete to celebrate our first issue, which features true stories in prose, poetry, and image--by Yehuda Amichai, Tama Janowitz, Susann Cokal, Paisley Rekdal, Robert Alter, Josh George, Chad Hunt, Lee Strasburger, Lea Marshall, Judith Sara Gelt, Shalom Auslander, and more!


Open-mike (or "mic") storytelling was exceedingly popular.  See more photos on Facebook!



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