has a must-read essay on women's fiction on her Blog.
Here's an excerpt:
"Pam Houston once said to me that the most a reader can ask from a book is that it shake her to the core. How many books by women thesedays are being allowed to adhere to that imperative? Surely there are women out there writing such books, but the industry is increasingly afraid to touch them. And the more books by men ARE allowed to unsettle, frighten, worry and challenge their readers, while women's books are supposed to calm, amuse or inspire them, the more literary fiction will become the domain of men--because literature, real literature, has always been emotionally challenging and fraught with risk. If we no longer permit women to give voice to risk, we are ghettoizing them, if not to the domain of chick lit then at least to the domain of pie."
- 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.