Fun2Know Podcast with Dan Buskirk

I spent an afternoon in Philadelphia talking to Dan Buskirk about writing The Singing Bone for his podcast, Fun2Know. We recorded in Dan’s apartment, which turned out to be next door to a building that I once lived in. His apartment, like my old one, is filled with salvage detailing–half glass-paned doors with transoms and […]

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On Drawing

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During my first long-ago year of art school, I imagined I’d illustrate children’s books, but when I found myself making choices, I was interested in line and depth and less keen on representing the same character or landscape again and again, so I chose printmaking as my major. Drawing became etching, my favorite, though lithography […]

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Pre-Launch News

It’s hard to believe The Singing Bone will be out in two days. What was once only mine, private, quiet, will now be public, stocked in shops, will arrive in the mail at the click of a button–all the words, the research (check out my Research Notes essay on Necessary Fiction), the difficult revisions and […]

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For Grant

Grief Cats peer from the dark A snake is coiled, ready Skeletons stretch beneath white sunbeams Summer You said you couldn’t stand the thought of your dog’s mortality, a small dog with big eyes. You were as far away as the ocean when you said that. A kitten’s pink tongue An axe in a stump […]

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When Literary Fiction Meets Genre

I’ve always loved noir, and nothing appeals to me on a windy autumn evening like a Wilke Collins novel. I adore finding fine writing in a good story, or an exceptional tale with well-developed, nuanced characters. We like to make distinctions in the writing world, and the idea that a novel or story cannot fit […]

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