Queen’s Ferry Press Reading at Book Soup, Los Angeles

I’m reading at Book Soup tomorrow evening for Queen’s Ferry Press’ Best Small Fictions of 2015 Anthology. On the roster are fellow West Coast writers, Lauren Becker, Yennie Cheung, and Chris Terry. Hope to see some familiar faces in the audience…

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Manifesto 2016

  • Walk the avocado trees in search of owl feathers.
  • Write into the dark corners of the heart where the truth hides.
  • Turn your characters lives upside down and scour the debris for plot.
  • Place the owl’s feather on your desk before each writing session.
  • Look for inspiration in the unpublished manuscripts collecting dust in the garage.
  • Carry the 1952 Irish penny in your pocket as a talisman.
  • Invoke the spirits of the ancestors before any readings you give.
  • Only submit when a piece has been read, edited, re-edited and read aloud.
  • Construct small altars of fallen avocados for the dead to discover.
  • Review only those books that matter to you.
  • Write one creative affirmation for your wife every day.
  • Seek counsel from the seal in the wintry waves.
  • Find joy in the ordinary moments.
  • Read War and Peace aloud each day.
  • Listen to music you’ve never heard before.
  • Channel the rejections into incendiary writing.
  • Honor the words and wisdom of others.

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