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Post Road

The new issue of the literary journal Post Road arrived today--in it, my nonfiction piece "In the Bed," which is also on the Post Road website. First we were cosleeping with a newborn. So sweet! Milky breath, etc. But six or seven years later? The piece tells the story.

I spent far too long trying to capture a trompe l'oeil-ish photo of the issue in my back yard, but isn't this a great-looking cover?



I'm honored to have received one of this year's Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. I respect so many other creators on this year's list--and those of past years--that I'm just...well, it's good company to be in. To celebrate, I took a photo out my window. Pictured: 1/1,200,000,000,000,000th of Maryland.



Late Bloom

Sometimes a real moment launches a fictional story. Such was the case with my short story "Late Bloom," which is up today at Necessary Fiction.

One weekday morning two years ago, I was walking through an empty residential neighborhood and saw, in the block ahead, a woman lying in the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street. From a distance, I couldn't tell if she was alive or dead. That's how this story starts, for my main character. The rest is fiction.


Creative Dream States

My essay about cultivating creative ideas (the one that aired on Baltimore's NPR affiliate, WYPR, in January) is now up at the Maryland Humanities Council blog. (Today, the part of the "creative dream state" is being played by the meandering Mississippi.)


Radio Essay

In the middle of January, just before the East Coast got walloped by snow, I recorded an essay for the Maryland Humanities Council's Humanities Connection weekly segment, which airs on 88.1 WYPR at 4:44 on Thursdays, during All Things Considered. Things I considered: where creative ideas come from, and what to do when they arrive. Thanks to MHC director Phoebe Stein for the invitation to take part. You can listen here.

Stuck at home, I admired the snow art that went up on the Internet, everything from classic snow angels to a snow bust of a giant Edgar Allan Poe. Here's what came out at our house: Our Lady of Perpetual Homeboundedness, some reflections, some coneheads, and Monolith in Peach II (the last of the summer stores).