Did Some Readings; Teaching a Class


So! One quick bits of news: the LitReactor course I’m teaching begins this Thursday.

Looking back a week or two, I read with Helen McClory and Susan Rukeyser earlier this month at WORD. I’ve published a story of Helen’s at Vol.1 Brooklyn, and she and I will both have books out on Civil Coping Mechanisms next year. Both she and Susan are terrific readers, and it was a pleasure to read alongside them. English Kills Review has a few photos up from the event.

Last week, I read as part of a Kanye West-centric night held by the LIT Reading Series. There, I read something new that also riffed on, well, a visual motif that came up in a couple of West’s works a few years ago. Audio of the entire event can be heard here, and my story begins at around the 1:35 mark.

Over the weekend, I moderated a panel featuring Elissa Schappell, Ben Greenman, Darin Strauss, and Adam Wilson at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference. The topic was work routines and productivity; in the case of both of the readings mentioned above, having the events looming in the background definitely helped me to make some headway on a pair of long-in-the-works ideas. When I was young, I remember going into my mother’s office and seeing a sign on the wall saying, “The only inspiration is the deadline.” I’m not entirely sure I agree with that sentiment, but it definitely helps.

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