I’m thrilled to announce I’ve received a 2019-2020 Literature Fellowship in prose from the North Carolina Arts Council!
I’m thrilled and honored to be featured in this column about Charlotte, NC authors, along with writers I admire.
I’m featured today on this great podcast, reading from my work — including a snippet from my forthcoming novel, Clio Rising — and talking about my writing process. Check it out!
Yesterday, I attended the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ annual faculty recognition reception – honoring faculty members, full- and part-time, who published books, received awards, or garnered outside funding in 2017. My novel, The Ada Decades, boosted the numbers of books published by members of the English Department to seven – the most of any department! Here I am, posing proudly.
I’m just back from a wonderful, immersive experience at the Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va.* I took a master class with Fred Leebron called “Advanced Novel,” in which a cohort of eight writers read and critiqued each others’ novels-in-progress. The Swannanoa Building at Hollins, which houses the university’s creative writing program, was a lovely old building with some unusual quirks (including a taxidermied chicken in the library – sorry, I didn’t get a photo of that).
I’ll be able to use the in-depth craft techniques I learned and all the helpful feedback I got as I’m revising my novel, Clio Rising, this summer – for which I wrote a log line while I was away. Here it is, to whet your reading appetite:
In 1980s New York, a newly out lesbian embarks on a job as companion to a literary great of the “Lost Generation,” a closeted lesbian who accomplished just one great book.
I had a wonderful time at Bluestockings Bookstore in NYC on Sunday evening, reading from The Ada Decades and taking questions from the delightful audience. Support indie bookstores!
I had the chance to visit the LGBT Center of Raleigh yesterday and chat with women in the Queer Women’s Book Club about my novel, The Ada Decades. The Center’s library hosts events in this lovely room (the building was a 19th-century textile mill), where I posed with a few of my books, past and present. The library is the biggest LGBT collection in North Carolina, with about 5,000 volumes; they have a terrific technology center, too. I’ve been a fan of LGBT community centers since I served as volunteer and board member to NYC’s Center many years ago – Center folks do such important work!