Artcroft, here I come

Tomorrow I am flying to Kentucky. On July 1st I begin a creative residency at Artcroft in Carlisle, KY. This is an incredible opportunity for which I am incredibly grateful. Not only does this residency provide a supportive environment for me to write, but affirms my writing practice. The good people at Artcroft believe in me, believe I am a writer and value my creative endeavour. I feel very happy about this new adventure.

My project for the month long residency is a novel. Writing a long work is uniquely challenging. I’ve done it once before in 2006 when I began writing my MFA thesis. Up until that point I had written short stories only, and writing a novel was an invaluable learning process. The most important thing I learned was that I could do it. I could write everyday on an extended narrative.

The last couple of months I’ve been applying some of the lessons I learned from that project. Outlines help me. I’ve outlined the first two parts and left the conclusion open. […]

Journal 7/5th – Public Republic

I am pleased to share the news that a story of mine, Journal 7/5th is up at Public Republic. I wrote this story about PTSD in class with my creative writing teacher, James Baker Hall. Jim passed away a year ago this month. His encouragement and support in that class led me to the decision to become a writer. I am forever grateful for him.

Public Republic started in 2006 in Bulgarian as a forum for citizen journalism. The English version of the online magazine began in 2008 providing English speaking readers the opportunity to actively participate in the creation of topics and discussions.

Journal 7/5th published by Public Republic

I WANT TO BE DEAD. I am not thinking about divorce or mothers crying to God as their sons are taken away or the two guys in my company who were killed driving down a thousand year old street. I am thinking about my life and all the life that surrounds me and flowers and sunshine. I want to be dead. My apartment […]