Alabama Phoenix Festival 2014

Art by Carly Strickand On Saturday, Bryan of Geek Notions and I traveled to Birmingham for the Alabama Phoenix Festival. This was an excellent con – just big enough to have a great variety of panels, guests, and vendors, but not so huge that it was overwhelming. Everyone I interacted with was laid back andContinue reading “Alabama Phoenix Festival 2014”

Books I’ve Loved: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

Lovely package my copy arrived in – thank you Amy!¬† I loved this book. Wren is a great character, and her interactions with others are believable. She’s eighteen, spending a year after high school living at her artist father’s house in the Northeast. All she wants is time alone to process life as it wasContinue reading “Books I’ve Loved: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara”

MFA Flashback: Visiting Writers

J.T. Dutton and Me, 2010, Photo by UAF staff photographer One of the best experiences during my time as an MFA student was the visiting writer series that my department sponsored. Even though we were in Alaska, my program brought amazingly talented and accomplished writers up to visit. The visiting writer would give a lectureContinue reading “MFA Flashback: Visiting Writers”

Young Adult Literature at AWP 2012

“How Far is Too Far? Facing Self-Censors and Publishing Censors When Writing about Coming-of-Age for Young Adults” Laura Otto¬†(Moderator), Ann Angel, Daniel Kraus, Penny Blubaugh, Ricki ThompsonWhen writers work to capture the emerging adult at the end of the young adult journey to independence, they find their characters exploring the forbidden adult world. These storiesContinue reading “Young Adult Literature at AWP 2012”