Today I met some folks at my wonderful hostel in Nagasaki and we tromped through the temples lining the mountains in the city. I’ve never seen anything like it– the … Continue reading Forested scapes
I had dreams of updating more regularly, but the reality is that I am a very sleepy human. I update my Instagram about twice a day, so that’s the most … Continue reading In Japan!
In case any of you are in the Tokyo area in the middle of April (ha!), I’ll be doing a reading at the International House of Japan, the organization that is hosting the NEA fellows.
Delighted to be able to discuss race and writing in this round table. Published in the Superstition Review.
Was interviewed by the Chicago Reader after I spoke at a Writers Resist event in Logan Square:
Other readers, including Doro Boehme of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and National Endowment for the Arts recipient Jami Nakamura Lin, committed their time onstage to recalling past horrors, domestically and abroad. Lin told the story of her ancestors who were subjugated to American internment camps, while Boehme read from the trial transcripts of White Rose, an intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany. “I do admit that I have been this frightened about the state of the world only once before: growing up in Germany through the end of the Cold War period, situated dead center in the range of U.S. and Russian missiles,” Boehme said.
Lin’s larger ongoing project, a parabolic novel populated with Japanese folklore, responds to what happened to her family during World War II. “People wonder why I’m so obsessed with mythology, since they’re just made-up stories from long ago,” Lin said. “But myths are a reflection of a society’s fears, and myths are prevalent today. Look at our ‘postfactual’ society, filled with all this fake news. What is fake news? Myths! We’re doing the exact same thing: creating stories to demonize people who are different, to prey on fear.”
One noticeable aspect of the lineup at Speak Up/Warm Up was a lack of white men. The loaded term “identity politics” is one you won’t see embraced within this community. “That term is mostly used derisively by those who think questions of identity should be amputated from whatever issue is at hand,” Lin said.
Some Yubaba for you all.
My newest piece of flash fiction can be found in [PANK] magazine. This piece was one of my 15-Minute Fairy Tales– I asked my friends and colleagues for five words and an … Continue reading “The Sole Keeper”
I have little over a week before I leave the farm, and one of our most exciting things is happening tomorrow– Straw Hat Wearin’ Artist Farmers: 2013 Resident Artist Show! … Continue reading Tide going out.
Well, our heirloom tomatoes are bumper right now, so the obvious thing to do is make sauce with everything from the garden. First we collected a whole bunch … Continue reading Awesomesauce.
After two weeks of gin-infusin’, here’s the finished product: Dark and fruity and awesome with tonic water. Also, some food failures. The apples are finally coming in and I was … Continue reading All I do is eat, eat, eat