My Literary Community

First and foremost - gratitude.​​
  • to Kathryn Okashima who deserves more thanks than a website can hold. You should thank her too. Not kidding. I'd post her email address if I didn't think she'd kill me.

  • to Emily Speer Ryan, Loretta Shapiro, Fiona Soltes, Christina Chiu, Arlaina Tibensky, Tim Carroll, and Emily Pulley, who have among them read nearly every word I have written and many that they have subsequently counseled me to delete. Which I did. And also to the ever-fluctuating members of my amazing writing group, Who Wants Cake, (links to their websites below) because they picked up smacking me around where my oldest friends left off. I adore them, and they're aways right.

  • to my writing teachers - especially the long-ago eighth grade English teacher in Texas who clandestinely gave me Upton Sinclair's The Jungle because it was good and had Lithuanians in it. I had to ask my parents for permission, but she added, "I think you are ready." Also credit goes to Josephine Trueschler for wringing essays out of a girl who did NOT want to write about anything real. Any craft in fiction writing that I possess is because of Michael Cunningham and Helen Schulman at Columbia. They pushed until it almost hurt, and I got so much better--but their tough words were always behind closed doors where I could take them. My music professor gets all the credit for initially scaring me into focus. Ernie Ragogini, you were right for giving me the only C on my entire transcript, I wasn't working hard enough. 

  • to my husband, who is an all around good guy. He also has a karate dojo. And works hard. And is a good dad. All that.

  • to my 2 kids, because they get me and like me anyway (most of the time). 

  • to you, for caring enough to bother reading all these crazy links. You rock. I wish you prosperity, good health, and may the next person you see agree to whatever nonsense you ask them to do without even questioning it.

Next, some useful links to me, some useful links for you.

More about me? Well, I have been seen between the covers of these fine literary journals. Submit to them! (does that sound dirty?)

I also dabble in excellent spec fiction (these have published me):

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