I have a new story out about sloth tchotchkes, and capitalism, and sucky jobs in the latest issue of Bending Genres. This issue is filled with writers I admire, and I’m so grateful to the editors for giving this piece a great home. Please check out “Booming Economy.”
My essay “Can a Revenge Movie Succeed Without Violence?” is up today at Electric Literature. It’s a critical response to the film Promising Young Woman and includes my thoughts on the 2017 movie Revenge. Warning: it does contain spoilers and discusses sexual assault.
My story “First Kiss at the End of the World” about climate crisis and kissing is up at X-R-A-Y literary magazine, accompanied by some gorgeous artwork by Bob Schofield. Please go read!
Ordinary Girls, the debut memoir by Jaquira Díaz, will be published on October 29th by Algonquin Books. I spoke with Díaz for The Rumpus about monsters, the duality of the migrant experience in America, and what it’s like to reject or embrace the label of being an “ordinary girl.” You can read our talk here.
I just returned from Houston, where I was a panelist for Writefest. It’s a gorgeous city, and I met a ton of talented and friendly writers, editors, and industry folks.
While I was there, a reprint of my story “A Thousand Butterflies” went live over at Flash Fiction Online. You can read the piece here. Big thanks to editor Anna Yeatts and the rest of the staff for giving this piece a second home. I also found out last week that my flash “Hotbox,” published in New World Writing, made the longlist for Wigleaf‘s Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions of 2019. This is the first time one of my stories has made a best of list like this, so I was over the moon when I saw the news.
I feel incredibly grateful to the Writefest organizers, as well as the editors over at Wigleaf, New World Writing, and Flash Fiction Online. Writing can be a quiet, lonely endeavor, full of disappointment and rejection, but then I’m reminded of how much everyone works to lift each other up, and it’s pretty amazing.
Finally, I will be reading with a group of other writers at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square on June 22nd. Stay tuned for more information on that event.
I’m stoked that my flash piece “Run” is up today in the new issue of gravel. An earlier version of this story received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train during one of their Very Short Fiction contests. You can read “Run” here.