Art

Picture Books? Picture Books!

Wow, I’m so happy to announce I was selected for the 2020 #PBChat Mentorship program! My amazing mentor is Christian Trimmer, Children’s Author, Editorial Director of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and all-around kind human being. It has been an incredible experience so far. If you don’t know, #PBChat is an online community created by Justin Colón, a Latinx children’s author, active SCBWI member, and founder of PBChat, the twitter chat and annual mentorship program for picture book creators. He’s also now my hero!

I would have never had a picture book manuscript to pitch were it not for my participation in Julie Hedlund‘s vibrant community of picture book creators, the 12 X 12 Challenge, and the resources I’ve found through my long-time membership in SCBWI.  Thanks to these communities of writers and to my awesome critique partner for her honest and helpful feedback. Keep making art, friends.

I have a thing for murals.

CABIN READS + LOST RIVER WRITERS’ RETREAT

My 4-year anniversary of hosting CABIN READS is this month! Join us at the Lost River Trading Post on July 31st from 6-8pm to hear from local award-winning author John Copenhaver and others from THE LOST RIVER WRITERS’ RETREAT as they read from their works in progress:

JENNIFER BUNDY is a poet and author of the audio chapbook Girls (EAT Poems). She is the Director of Bridge Eight Press and Co-director of the Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival. She has taught at IES José María Infantes, a secondary art institute in Sevilla, Spain, and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Tulane Review, Jelly Bucket, Cagibi, and elsewhere.

JOHN COPENHAVER has been nominated for the Anthony, Barry, Lammy, and Strand Critics awards for his historical mystery Dodging and Burning (Pegasus, 2018). He writes a crime fiction column for Lambda Literary called “Blacklight.” He’s been awarded five DCCAH Artist Fellowships. He’s published in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, Washington Independent Review of Books, New York Journal of Books, and others. He chairs the 7-12 grade English at Flint Hill School and lives in DC with his husband.

MOLLY GALLENTINE is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at The New School. Her written works have been published in places such as The Wall Street Journal, Gulf Coast, and the Normal School. Gallentine is a Pushcart Prize winner, has been twice listed as a notable essayist in The Best American Essays, and is a Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize recipient.

GALE MASSEY‘s debut novel, The Girl From Blind River, received a 2018 Florida Book Award. Her award-winning stories and essays have appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Sabal, Seven Hills Press, and other places. She has received fellowships at The Sewanee Writers Conference and Eckerd College’s Writers in Paradise, and has been nominated for the 2019 Clara Johnson Award. Massey, a Florida native, lives in St. Petersburg. The Girl From Blind River is a coming of age story centered around family dysfunction, illegal gambling and small-town corruption.

JESSICA HENDRY NELSON is the author of the memoir If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press, 2014) and the forthcoming textbook and anthology Advanced Creative Nonfiction along with the writer Sean Prentiss (Bloomsbury, 2021). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Columbia Journal, PANK, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Denison University. More at jessicahnelson.com.

KRISTIN SHERMAN’s work has appeared in Brevity, Barrelhouse, Flashquake and Silk Road among others. She has been a finalist in many short fiction contests but rarely wins. She lives in Charlotte, NC where she writes English as a Second Language textbooks and spends a lot of time rowing on the Catawba River. She is currently working on a novel.

2019

This year I’m working on poetry for the first time ever and revising my manuscript and Facetiming my long-distance critique partner and organizing this summer’s CABIN READS with the Lost River Writers’ Retreat.  I’m also taking a lot of daffodil photos because they are vain like that. Happy reading. Happy writing. Happy Spring.

CABIN READS 2018 IS HERE.

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Join me as I host CABIN READS again this year. I’ll introduce some of my favorite people to the tiny Appalachian town of Wardensville in the eastern panhandle of WV when the authors of the LOST RIVER WRITERS’ RETREAT read from their works in progress at the LOST RIVER TRADING POST on AUGUST 2nd at 6pm. UPDATED with photos of this event.

 

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Making art in 2018.

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I’m so excited to be the recipient of a 2018 Individual Artist professional development grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, approved by the WV Commission on the Arts. Getting tangible help and positive feedback on my writing and community-building efforts is just amazing. Thank you to all the arts organizations who are still pushing ahead with a mission to give resources and support to artists and writers of all kinds.

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