Readable Christmas Presents: The Best Books of 2012

Can’t believe it’s that time of year again already–especially because the Springtime weather is clashing with the all-Christmas all-the-time radio stations. It feels like just a few months ago I was compiling the holiday shopping list for the best books of 2011. For those of you on Goodreads, how is your yearly reading challenge going?Continue reading “Readable Christmas Presents: The Best Books of 2012”

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My Night with the Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey

Way back when, before she was named Poet Laureate (yesterday), Natasha Trethewey was an equally accomplished, impressive poet who just happened to spend a day at Bloomsburg University (she was a writer-in-residence at a local university and was good friends with one of my creative writing professors, so it wasn’t a total coincidence). I wasContinue reading “My Night with the Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey”

Cover Letter Mad Lib

When you’re submitting a short story to a literary journal, you send along a cover letter. It’s a little like a query letter, only briefer. This is the Mad Lib of my usual cover letter format: Dear [NAME], [1-2 sentences demonstrating that you’ve read their publication; mention how you came across their publication–are you aContinue reading “Cover Letter Mad Lib”

How to Write a Query Letter

So, the first order of business to get Claire Lawrence’s awesome book, Rooted in the Sky, published is the query letter. I struggled with this more than most writers do, I think, because I was ghostwriting it. Though I read Claire’s book, I didn’t know the plot and the characters inside out and backwards theContinue reading “How to Write a Query Letter”

Dear Indie Presses: Claire Lawrence’s Book Will Knock Your Socks Off!

Who, you may be asking, is Claire Lawrence? For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her or taking one of her (spoiler alert!) fabulously inspiring creative writing classes, Claire Lawrence is a Creative Writing professor at my alma mater, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (and, I should mention, one of my favoriteContinue reading “Dear Indie Presses: Claire Lawrence’s Book Will Knock Your Socks Off!”

Published in The Susquehanna Review: “What to Expect While Grieving for Your Father”

Lots of good news! As some of you know, I had a story accepted by the national undergraduate literary journal, The Susquehanna Review, back in June.* This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for the 2011-2012 issue which means that: My short non-fiction piece, “What to Expect While Grieving forContinue reading “Published in The Susquehanna Review: “What to Expect While Grieving for Your Father””