What’s Going On–February 2014

Things here have been exciting and hectic! Two weeks ago, an anthology I co-edited was published on Amazon in e-book format. Published by CQT Media and Publishing/Land of Gazillion Adoptees, Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption From a Place of Empowerment and Peace features essays and poems by the adopted women contributors of the Lost Daughters blog, edited by Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, Julie Stromberg, Jennifer Anastasi, and myself. Two pieces of mine are included–a poem from my master’s thesis and an essay I wrote specifically for the anthology.

This was a passion project from beginning to end; our proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to an adoptee-centric charity, which we’ll announce soon. My co-editors and I are very grateful to everyone who purchased the e-book during the first few days following its release, helping it make the Amazon best sellers list in the Adoption category! The book will be out shortly in paperback as well, and we’re hopeful that a reading will take place in the D.C. area in June. More on that as soon I have the details.

Also last month, I was thrilled to have one of my poems accepted by Conte, an online journal of narrative writing. The poem, along with a recording of me reading it, will appear in their next issue, which is due to be published in late February/early March.

I am honored also to have been asked to serve as judge of the Literary E-Zine category for the Southern Literary Festival, which will be held at the University of Mississippi in March. I’ve already chosen the winning entry; I’ll post a link here after the festival concludes to share the awesomeness.

March, come quickly, please!

What’s Going On–November 2013

Perputal-Child-800CoverrevealandPromotionalSo much for the blogging routine, eh?

I’ve been off the grid somewhat, busy editing a nonfiction book for a local author here in the Atlanta area. If you or someone you know is transitioning from the military to a civilian job, check out the forthcoming guide Boots to Loafers: Finding Your New True North on my editing page. I’m honored that John Phillips chose me to help bring his project to fruition.

Meanwhile, a story I wrote last year that originated from a workshop I attended at the Auburn Writers Conference has been published in the adult adoptee anthology Perpetual Child: Dismantling the Stereotype thanks to editors Diane René Christian and Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston. I’m thrilled to have my work included alongside the other highly-respected authors in this collection, and equally thrilled to be a participant in The An-Ya Project, so named after Diane’s novel, An-Ya and Her Diary. Print copies of Perpetual Child can be ordered now via Amazon and the e-book version will be available soon.

Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment and Peace, an anthology I co-edited with Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, Julie Stromberg, and Jennifer Anastasi, is in the capable hands of the good folks at CQT Media and Publishing. I’ll post about our book’s release as soon as it’s ready.

As the year winds down, I’ll be concentrating on a couple of personal literary projects that have been waiting on the back burner. I hope to have more to tell about those in the next few months. Stay tuned!