Chicago

Here's your chance!

Have you always wanted to take a writing workshop with me? Maybe you don't feel ready for a big conference or class, but are looking for something a little more relaxed and lowkey?

Sweet home Chicago

We've lived in Chicago since 1999, which is longer than we've lived in any one place as a family. But it's not felt natural to call Chicago "home." I see myself described variously as a "Southwest writer," "a San Diego  native," "a writer with deep Colorado ties," "Tucson's own," "a border writer," etc. But I have rarely been described as a Midwestern writer or a Chicago author.

Wandering Ways III

If I were to fall in love with Chicago, it would be on Ogden Avenue. Ol' Route 66. Launch pad of a thousand journeys, garden of a million dreams. It grinds out of the sweet southside and heads west, through tenements and bombed-out warehouses. Storefront churches and empty lots rattling with weeds. The old buildings on either side of the road have been there forever. As you cut toward Cicero, you look at storefronts that Dillinger looked at. He could have brought his hot cars right to these old garages. Dillinger, public rock star # 1. The Castle Car Wash is a ghost of the 1930's.

Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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upcoming events

Fishtrap 30th Anniversary
Fishtrap 30th Anniversary Jul 10th to Jul 16th Lake Wallowa, OR

Thrilled to return to celebrate with our friends on the shores of Wallowa Lake. Details to come.

Lake Wallowa, OR
Jul 10th to Jul 16th
2017
Breadloaf Writing Conference
Breadloaf Writing Conference Aug 15th to Aug 26th Middlebury, VT

The grandest of all. Details here.

Middlebury, VT
Aug 15th to Aug 26th
2017