It is a hard time in the world, but my book is now officially out and I’m so proud of the work I put into it. I hope if you read it, it will bring something that only story can. The book can be ordered from Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, Target, Amazon, word west, or through your local favorite bookstore or your library. If you like it, let me know 😊
It was a recent review over at NPR and I also did interviews with The Rumpus and Necessary Fiction.
You can read them:
The book has many stories about space and astronauts, which also feature in the monthlong writing class I’ll be corunning next month. Sign up is ongoing here: https://forms.gle/JsbGa4x6euiczurBA
Finally, this book came to be because of so many people who supported me, who I love and count on. So I’m including my acknowledgments here, as a shoutout of thanks to all of them. It is extraordinary to have kindness in this world.
Every writer works alone, but no book is written alone. Without the support, love, friendship, of the following people, the stories in this book would be far worse or not at all.
To the editors and staff of the journals, where some of these pieces originally appeared, huge thanks for the enormous work that you all do in running wonderful journals and getting new writing out for readers everywhere.
I have so much thankfulness for having ended up with the lovely people of Word West. I could never have imagined such a wonderful experience for creating this book with a publisher. Josh Graber is an amazing editor and David Queen is a wonderful and big-hearted publisher. Everyone involved is the absolute best.
I am lucky to have worked with and be surrounded by wonderful colleagues, peers, and friends. Many thanks to the English Department at Iowa State University, Volker Hegelheimer, Deanna Ward, Deanna Stumbo, Tina Coffelt, Debra Marquart, Charissa Menefee, Ned Balbo, Rachel Mans McKenny, Claire Kruesel, Brian Burmeister, and Kirk Wilkins.
Some of these stories were written under the guidance of the following amazing teachers: KL Cook, Ron Wallace, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Emily Ruskovich, Jason England, and Nate Brown. A gigantic thank you to my former professor, current friend, and personal Yoda, Marc Seals, as well.
To my Xenomorph hive, you all keep me sane, supported, and feeling loved, despite our Oreo battles: Teo Mungaray, Hannah Cohen, Kate Mead-Brewer, and E. Kristin Anderson.
Many thanks to the supportive community of friends and writers who have given me support, advice, and their lovely friendships: Lisa, Koca, Samantha Kohnert, Maria Rago, Kristin Gulotta, Ean Weslynn, Matty Layne Glasgow, M. Molly Backes, Crystal Stone, Renee Christopher, Camille Meyers, Meghann Hart, Jennifer Hutchins, Matthew Paul, Gillian Ramos, Carla Sofia Ferreira, Beth Gilstrap, Alvin Park, Ellie Leonard, Katy McMahon, Monet Thomas, Jordan Kurella, Maria Haskins, Juan Martinez, Sara Lippmann, Amber Sparks, Kendra Fortmeyer, and so many more.
Finally, I would not be a writer or continue writing if it were not for the love, friendship, kindness, and awesome of the amazing people who make my life a life. To my loves, a million thank yous will not suffice: Stephanie Gunn who has read everything I’ve ever written, even when it’s scary, a billion reasons; Brontë Wieland who makes up best house even separated by miles; Brian Ramos who I could spend every moment and adventure with; Philippe Meister, roommate extraordinaire; Erin Schmiel, my partner in rage coffee and friendship. To my amazing family, so much love: Mama, Papa, Mike, Gabe, Jack, Henry, Westley, Rowan, Kimberly, Millie Hatch.