World of Words…

Thank you to KayCee from World of Words Double the Books Magazine for reviewing my novel, Everything Grows, and for asking such great questions!!!

Check out the interview and review HERE

Find more about this great resource for readers: @doublethebooksmagazine for Instagram and @DoubletheBooks on Twitter.

How to go outside. Or. How to stay in without apology.

I am trying to step outside. It takes me several hours to complete my morning routine of coffee, brushing of teeth, semblance of breakfast, email catch-up, (sometimes) meditation. I get dressed. My front door is approachable with postcards and art, slices of poetry. My front door tells me all I need to do is twist knob and walk three steps.

I search for just the right quote to [insert here] which encapsulates through intellectually motivating and well-articulated words about what it is like to live with this, but the act of scrolling through hundreds of choices leaves me with even more anxiety. I give up.

Outside, summertime leaves bodies sweaty and salty. The sun bakes new freckles on skin. Tattoos glisten. Make-up melts. I spend hours planning what I might be capable of doing if only I could just do it. I can ride my bike, ukulele in the park, go to The Strand, read a book on the subway, bathe my feet in the Atlantic.

It sort of feels like hunger and indigestion and clots of blood trying to pound out morse code into my veins. It feels like every strand of hair is being pulled by tiny fingers belonging to strangers that do not have my consent. My flesh is on fire. My tongue has grown infected or inflamed or like that time I got it pierced and it swelled past my teeth.

Dear __________. Please accept my deepest apologies as I am unable to make it to your ___________, ______________, ____________ or _____________. Yes, I want to support your ______________ and your ________________. But walking outside feels like stepping off the ledge of a skyscraper. Yes, I still exist. Or maybe I don’t. What is existence?

I think I’ll just stay in today.

 

Dear Librarians,

Librarians are like superheroes because sometimes, you just need to mention a name and they know exactly the story they live inside. I deeply love my public library and the others which exist as a bridge to rent out millions of stories and billions of metaphors and secret passageways to internal answers.

Today, Saturday, June 22nd, I am excited to join Three Rooms Press at the ALA (American Library Association) Conference to sign copies of “Everything Grows” and meet my heroes.

The conference is located in Washington D.C. at Walter E. Washington Conference Center at 801 Mt Vernon Pl. NW

I will be at booth 2314 at the exhibit hall from 2-3pm.

A “Hairy” Performance at Muffins Variety Show!!

It’s been a loooong time since I’ve done any sort of performance art, but I dug into my musty suitcase of handmade costumes and I am excited to perform a movement, Burlesque’y, drag, political, (what other words can I use to describe this so you will come), funny, silly, sexy piece at:

MUFFINS IN THE WINDOW, NYC’s longest-running variety show.

When? Thursday, June 20th at 7:30pm sharp!

Where? Dixon Place located at 161 Chrystie St in NYC

Also featuring: Trae Durica (swoon), Lambie, Ethan Cohen, and Wae Messed.

 

Dear Vermont, come celebrate “Everything Grows”

If you are in the Vermont area today June 15th, I will be reading from “Everything Grows” at Brooks Memorial Library located at 224 Main St in Brattleboro, VT at 2pm in the young adult room. There will be books for sale! In honor of the book, we will be writing letters to the most important person in our lives……