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"An Open Letter to Charlotte A. Cavatica"--at Defenestration

About six months ago, this odd little humor piece of mine was accepted by the literary magazine Defenestration. It would be published November 9, the editors told me. That date meant little to me at the time, far less than it does now. The sentiments in the last paragraph may resonate with this current cultural moment for some of us, but otherwise the piece is completely apolitical. P.S. In case there's any doubt, I adore E.B. White and his brilliant Charlotte's Web.


On Civility

In the late spring, I interviewed Dan Buccino, director of the Johns Hopkins Civility Initiative, for the Johns Hopkins Health Review. We talked about why civility matters, why it seems to be waning, and how we can rebuild this resource. Dan, a psychotherapist by training, has been thinking about these questions for some time now, and his responses were eloquent and thought-provoking.

(Not long after talking with Dan, I spent some time on the lovely campus of Swarthmore College, seen above. I imagine it's a fairly civil place, what with all the trees and stone and such...)


At Swim

Today, with the Summer Olympics getting under way in Rio, I read this wildly thoughtful piece by Kathy Flann, a Goucher College professor who is a friend and writing-group-mate of mine. From a relatively simple premise--taking swimming lessons as an adult--she moves in so many interesting directions.

I don't have a photo of Kathy in the pool, so I'll go with a photo of my son at the same pool eight years ago. A local news crew was interviewing him about Michael Phelps.

After the pools have closed for the summer but before the ski slopes open, I'll be reading short fiction at the Baltimore Book Festival alongside some other recipients of Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. We'll be at the CityLit Stage from 11:30 to 12:30 on Saturday the 24th of September. The whole festival lineup looks great.

A week after that--Saturday, October 1--I'll be at the Collingswood Book Festival in New Jersey with my middle-grade novel, GENIE WISHES.


Apology (Redux)

My poem "Apology," originally published in the Little Patuxent Review, is up today at poet Dan Simmons' blog. It's a glimpse inside a Catholic hospital's eating disorder unit at Christmas--Madonnas, hospital gowns, and all. Thanks for liking the poem, Dan.


Post Road

The new issue of the literary journal Post Road arrived today--in it, my nonfiction piece "In the Bed," which is also on the Post Road website. First we were cosleeping with a newborn. So sweet! Milky breath, etc. But six or seven years later? The piece tells the story.

I spent far too long trying to capture a trompe l'oeil-ish photo of the issue in my back yard, but isn't this a great-looking cover?