I’m counting down the days until Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021 comes out! It will feature two (!!) of my stories, “The Rat” (One Story) and “Our Language” (A Public Space). Thanks to the wonderful folks at Apex Magazine, “The Rat” will appear online on September 30. 🐀
We’re also getting settled, finally, in lovely Palo Alto. Nothing beats the first hints of fall in the air and we’re dreamily (giddily!) settling into a Stegner fellowship routine here at Stanford.
I’m a newly-minted Emerging Critic at the National Book Critics Circle! I’m also so grateful to be part of the inaugural class for Periplus, a new mentorship program for emerging writers of color (applications for the new cohort opening up soon). In the meantime, I’m so lucky to drink up Reyna Grande’s wisdom every month, and I’m really looking forward to her new novel, A Ballad of Love and Glory (March 2023).
More exciting news on the horizon; stay tuned!
In the era of COVID-19, I spent a lot of time despairing and having long conversations with my dog.
After three years of invigorating and wonderful study, I completed my MFA last May! I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made as a writer, and ever-grateful to my thesis readers, Dolen Perkins-Valdez and Rachel Louise Snyder, for encouraging me and challenging me in all the right ways (my thesis won the Myra Sklarew Award for prose).
In the summer of 2019, I spent six glorious, challenging weeks among some of the best writers and humans I’ve ever met at Clarion 2019 in San Diego. I wrote some stories I’m really proud of and got to read some AMAZING fiction. I can’t wait to see these stories out in the world.
Updated September 2021 in California.