I took this photo at the abandoned zoo in Griffith Park. The image looks like the start of a story. My friend poet and writer Kima Jones will be reading at the same location as part of the Griffith Park Storytelling Stories this Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2pm. Go!
An excerpt from my young adult contemporary novel My Shelf Life is up on Lunch Ticket, Antioch University’s literary journal. Also, don’t miss the great interviews with authors Wendy C. Ortiz, Emily Rapp, Luis J. Rodriguez, and others.
This week, Bellevue Literary Journal announced the winners of their annual Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, selected by author Nathan Englander. My short story “Death Defiant Bomba” received honorable mention. Pretty freaking amazing! But what’s really strange is that my husband was born in Bellevue Hospital. The journal is published by the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center as a “forum to illuminate humanity and human experience.” The short story is sort of based on my experiences with my husband and his previous ailments with cancer and heart surgery. Crazy, crazy coincidence. Looking forward to the story being published in their Spring 2014 issue.
2014! So much to look forward to already. I’m working as the program coordinator for PEN Center USA's Emerging Voices Fellowship and the fellowship begins in January. Also, the AWP conference is coming up in Seattle in February and I’ll be there. More on that later.
So, why haven’t I heard of Rita Indiana before? I mean, the video, the music, all of it!