My four-year-old son peered into his glass of sparkling orangeade and told me "the bubbles looked like a crowd of people dancing."
Yes. I'm proud.
It also underlines how natural creativity is to kids. When I taught art, the four to eleven-year-olds had an innate sense of design and their work took my breath away. The same is true for writing. Kids don't seem to listen to "inner critics." Instead, their minds are free. A great lesson for us adults: listen to your inner kid! ;)
- 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.