Giddyup & Go: Conferences, Seattle & Reno

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The past month has been the Month of Conferences.  First, there was UNLV’s Far West Popular Culture conference.  Then so much traveling: five days in Seattle for AWP, followed by a 7-hour road trip (with three poets, no less) to Reno for UNR’s On the Brink conference.  Y’all know I love to see things I ain’t never seen.  Highlights include Seattle’s Space Needle & Chihuly Glass Gardens, the drive down the Loneliest Road in America, and Lake Tahoe.

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1 – The view from the Space Needle

2 – Chihuly Glass Gardens

3 – Walker Lake on the drive from Vegas to Reno

4 – Lake Tahoe

5 & 6 – Goldfield, Nevada; a nearly-deserted almost-ghost town on the way to Reno

Gesture//Monsters//Animals

Gesture Literary Journal published my short story, “When the Animals Turned on You,” today in their “Monsters” issue, available online here.  I wrote it last semester for a class on American Gothic, and I plan to incorporate it into the beginning of my novel.

Yesterday, Gesture invited me to read at their “Monsters” launch party in Fort Collins, Colorado…digitally!  It was a strangely lovely experience, reading from my apartment via Skype while sippin’ PBR.

Five [Quarterly] publishes “Love Letter”

My short story, “Love Letter to Lady Lazarus,” was recently published in Five [Quarterly]‘s Winter 2014 issue, available online here.

I was invited to read for the issue’s launch party this past weekend at MiMoDa Studio in Los Angeles, California.  It was my first time in California, and it was badass, I must say.

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Road Trippin

1- Driving into Estes Park, Colorado
2-5- Driving out of (& almost dying in) the Rockies
6- Glenwood Canyon (still Colorado)
7- Colorado’s mesas
8-12- On the Strip
13-17- Fremont lights
18- What bitches
19-22- Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon
23- Lake Mead in Arizona
24- Driving through Oklahoma

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