More Writings

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Selected Essays

“She Survived the Wild Against All Odds. I Took Her Class to Learn How”, The Guardian, January 29, 2021

“Going to Seed: On Losing and Finding Voice in the Age of Covid”, Nevada Humanities Heart to Heart Series, October 5, 2020

“Figures”, Pangyrus, July 7, 2020

“We, Too: On Women Writing the First Person Plural”, Gay Mag, January 22, 2020

“Our Anniversaries Matched Their Gifts”, New York Times, September 20, 2019

“What to Say (And Not to Say) to Someone Grieving a Suicide”, New York Times, May 8, 2019

“A Portrait of My Mother Through Other Daughters’ Portraits of Their Mothers”, Ghost Town Lit Mag, Issue 10, 2018

“A Tale of Two Vegases”, Longreads, February, 2018

“My shadow son: A stranger insisted he was my child for more than a decade”, The Washington Post, January 3, 2018

“My Parents’ Delusions”, Full Grown People, November, 2017

“The TNB Self Interview,” The Nervous Breakdown, November, 2017

“A Mourner’s Guide to Home Renovation,” The Grief Diaries, November, 2017

“Press/Pool”, Jam Tarts, Summer, 2017

“Mine”, Angels Flight, June 28, 2017

“Thunder, Thighs”The Rumpus, September 19, 2015

“Dendrochronology: The Study of Rings”The Manifest-Station, February 28, 2015

“Ghosts in the Ecotone”Midnight Breakfast, Issue 5, November, 2014

“Role/Model”The Nervous Breakdown, September 22, 2014

“Seafoam Salad”, Full Grown People, May 1, 2014 (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize)

“How Dare You?” The Manifest-Station, January 14, 2014

“‘My Sea’: A Personal Journey Through the Literature of the Salton Sea”, Los Angeles Review of Books, August 26, 2012

“Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying”, The Rumpus, May 23, 2012

“Purple Bananas”Nerve, September 3, 2003

“Dyr Mom: Wy R You So Laveabl?”, Salon, November 11, 1999

Selected Short Fiction

“The Cloud Climber”, The Vitni Review, November 23, 2020

“The First Meeting of the People of Unintentional Color Support Group“, The Butter (at The Toast),  April 3, 2015

“Cherry Cherry Cherry”, Ghost Town, February 16, 2015

“Generation”, Women Writers, January, 2009

“A Long Time”, Literary Mama, November, 2005 (Notable Story of 2005, Million Writers Short Story Award)

“Flotsam”, The Drunken Boat, DB7, 2005 (nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Prize.)

Selected Poetry

“Easter Lilies in a Pandemic”, Across the Social Distances, May 6, 2020

“Shedding”, Headline Poetry and Press, April 4, 2020

“Bread and ButterThe Writer’s Almanac, November 5, 2017

“Feeling East” The Writer’s Almanac, November 1, 2017

“Last Words” Verse Daily, August 20, 2017

 “Kernel”, “Kumquat” and “Fig Grove”, The San Diego Reader, June 28, 2017

Marching Orders“, Split Lip Magazine, April, 2017

“Gables”, Nonbinary Review, December 6, 2016

 “Billow & Flume”, Ash & Bone, January 14, 2015

“Pockets”, Lunch Ticket, Summer/Fall 2013

“Jellyfish”, The Nervous Breakdown, January 8, 2011

“The Gum Tree”, Tattoo Highway, 2002

“Comfit”, Clean Sheets, September 15, 1999

Selected Book Reviews

Review of Elizabeth Rosner’s Survivor Cafe, San Francisco Chronicle, September 11, 2017

Review of Roxane Gay’s “Hunger“, San Francisco Chronicle, June 9, 2017

“The Dance of Grief: On Amelia Gray’s Isadora”, Los Angeles Review of Books, May 24, 2017

Review of Rebecca Solnit’s “The Mother of All Questions”, San Francisco Chronicle, March 22, 2017

Review of Judy Blume’s “In the Unlikely Event”, San Francisco Chronicle, June 3, 2015

Review of Maya Angelou’s “Mom & Me & Mom”, San Francisco Chronicle, April 12, 2013

Review of Sandra Cisneros’ “Have You Seen Marie?”, San Francisco Chronicle, October 22, 2012

Review of Deanne Stillman’s “Desert Reckoning”, Los Angeles Review of Books, August 19, 2012

Review of Terry Tempest Williams’ When Women Were Birds, San Francisco Chronicle, April 15, 2012

Review of Diane Ackerman’s “Dawn Light”, San Francisco Chronicle, October 18, 2009