Cover Photo: Titian, The Three Age of Man/wikimedia commons
Beyond the Realm of Prosody: The year I spent writing sonnets

How I wrote a failed sonnet that turned into my fourth novel.

Sep 22, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by Raymond Clarke/flickr
When You Are Waiting to be Healed

“I felt like I was a piece of clockwork waiting to be fixed.”

Sep 22, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by Ron Reiring/flickr
Milwaukee’s Black Middle Class

“I was going to blend in, and maybe live there forever.”

Sep 21, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by Michael Kowalczyk/flickr
Elegy for the Future Myrtle Avenue

“The year is the measure of a gentrifying neighborhood.”

Sep 20, 2016
Cover Photo: detail of BLACK WINGS HAS MY ANGEL cover
The Wife Monsters and Me

Why are ambitious wives in novels figured as dumb or evil or both?

Sep 19, 2016
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Becoming the Ghost

“If I saw her on campus, I altered my route and walked in a different direction.”

Sep 16, 2016
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
They watched the uprising on the phone, while eating apricot pie.
Sep 09, 2016
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Worse Things
The classified ad said only PHONE WORK and a number. “Look,” he said. “It’s not what anybody’d call honest work.”
Aug 26, 2016
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Sarah Is Lacking in Some Departments
“This was her punishment for accepting everything and staying quiet.”
Jul 15, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by Stuart Seeger/flickr
View From the Football Field; or, What Happens When the Game is Over
“The only future is the one right in front of you.”
Sep 15, 2016
Cover Photo: from HBO's series Six Feet Under.
Don’t Cover Your Eyes
“Six Feet Under made me remember when my grief was raw.”
Sep 14, 2016
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My Parents’ Cemetery Selfies
“It’s jarring to scroll through and see a cemetery selfie.”
Sep 13, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by Leo Prieto/flickr
A Life in Google Maps
“I can’t zoom in far enough to see if we were happy, or sad, or changing, or lying to ourselves.”
Sep 12, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by Alan Turkus/flickr
Live Girls, Lonely Boys
“Times Square transformed from an adult sexual wonderland to an urban family playground.”
Sep 07, 2016
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Clean Eating and Pure Loving: My Life as a Whole Foods Cashier
“When he removed his hairnet, long, golden hair came tumbling out.”
Sep 02, 2016