Well, I have much for which to feel grateful, and in light of recent tragic events, it seems even more than I can imagine.
We all measure our accomplishments and gratitude in different ways. For me this year it will be in what I have managed to keep throughout 2004:
*My children healthy and inspired
*My lovely, spirited, brilliant friends
*My marriage alive and sparkling-well
*My sense of humor
*My joy for life
*My insatiable need to write and read well-fed
*Full control of my bladder
Happy Newest Year All
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.