- 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.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Yesterday I bought a copy of "Embroideries" by Marjane Satrapi. I'd actually seen a recommendation by my friend Laila Lalami on her literary blog and it sounded intriguing. It's an insightful look at a gathering of Iranian women as they share tea after lunch in one of the women's living room. They also share intimate secrets and stories; many of the stories made me laugh out loud and many are truly universal. I loved the honesty of the novel, and the self-acceptance. The drawings are a delightful match for the text. Reading "Embroideries" was like being there in the same living room with that wonderful clan of women.