NC Arts Council Reading

On February 19, I was honored to read at Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts with three other 2019-2020 Literature Fellows of the North Carolina Arts Council. That’s me at the far left of the lineup with the inexplicably rosy cheeks. I read a piece from my historical novel Testimony, which will be out in fall 2020 from Bywater Books. Thanks to David Potorti of the NC Arts Council for curating and to Kathie Collins and Paul Reali of Charlotte Lit for hosting!

From left: Paula Martinac, Kathie Collins, Jennie Malboeuf, Jonathan Strong, David Potorti, Danielle Spratley, and Paul Reali. Photo by Tamela Rich

Charlotte Readers Podcast

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!

Photo by Landis Wade



#MeToo Essay

I have a short, new essay up at Hippocampus — a wonderful online publication devoted to creative nonfiction. The essay is called “Good to the Girls,” and I wrote it in response to the #MeToo movement and an early professional experience of mine.

At UNC Charlotte

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.

Pilgrim at Tinker Mountain

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).

The library of the creative writing center at Hollins


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.

*My attendance at TMWW was funded, in part, by a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts and Science Council – Charlotte/Mecklenburg and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Bluestockings Reading

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!