Seattle

Chasing Epiphany

Each year, I cobble together an educational program that serves as my DIYMFA. Usually, this means a residency, classes at …

Houses and Bridges

It’s been more than a year since I’ve been able to take a writing class. That’s why I felt a sort of …

Transiting

On this day five years ago, I was preparing to return to Seattle from a two-month residency in Italy. It …

Habits, New and Old

While it is, apparently, a myth that habits take 21 days to form, I do feel a little bereft now …

What Is She Doing?

The title question is perhaps best answered when accompanied by another: “Are writers really introverts — or do we seek …

A Room of One’s Own

While it’s been many years since I’ve shared the cost of rent with someone, this isn’t to say that I …

Swimmingly

It’s taken me twelve years in Seattle to swim in an indoor pool. Or, more accurately, it has taken me …

Embodiment: You Are Here

You know those large, illuminated maps in shopping malls, the ones bearing a big red dot with the words, YOU …

AWP14

Those who didn’t venture near the Washington State Convention Center in the last four days are likely unaware that over …

Risk

Picture this: TSA agents staring slack-jawed at monitors, screening for dangerous weapons like guns and suntan lotion in bottles larger …

Vacancy

Today, my friend Kim leaves Seattle to return home to Ohio. It felt important to talk on the phone one …

Girls

For only children, friends are everything. When I was young, I wasn’t able to articulate this –I didn’t necessarily call …

Economy

At the end of my junior year at university, I acknowledged two facts whose existence I had struggled to shrug …

The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

When fall comes early, it throws everything off — or maybe it just highlights things that a person isn’t prepared …

Servants and Leaders

One of a 72-person cohort, I spent the past week wrapping my head around the concept of servant leadership in …

Fairy Tales

Encouragement Once upon a time, a young woman named Gabriela asked advice from her wise friend, Bonnie. It came at …

Slapstick

Despite my wacky and ribald personality, my go-to style of writing often lists into the maudlin and the serious. I …