I've got a few new things out in the world this month:
Over at Unsplendid, you can find "Tuco & Blondie," my sestina about The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and "Bonnie, Once Raven," a dramatic monologue in which a woman cleans the bathroom while thinking about her rocker past.
At 7x7, you'll find a collaboration I did with Finnish artist Aapo Nikkanen. We took turns creating pieces, each inspiring the next, resulting in "Horse." I think it's a cool piece, if I do say so myself, and I really hope you like it.
Feb 8, 8-10 pm. 4th Annual Rock and Roll Reading, The Vinyl Lounge, Rapid-fire Rock and Roll readings followed by music from La Guerre Featuring: Danielle Evans, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Porochista Khakpour, Manuel Gonzales, Kevin Maloney, Beth Bich Minh Nguyen Justin Tussing, Ashley Strosnider, Michael Kardos, Karen Leona Anderson, Sian Griffiths, Matt Sailor. No cover.
Feb 9, 9-11 am. New Rivers Press table, book signing. AWP Book Fair.
Feb 10, 9-10:15 am. Panel Presentation: "I Survived--and Thrived: Conference Veterans Discuss the Benefits and Drawbacks of Writing Conferences" Marquis Salon 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two. (Eric Sasson, Sian Griffiths, Todd Kaneko, Amina Gautier, Rosebud Ben-Oni) Ernest Hemingway said, “Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing.” We’re not so sure he’s right. This panel assembles veterans of the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Tin House, Kundiman, and other conferences to discuss what one can and cannot expect. Do the benefits outweigh the costs? Are these simply writing “summer camps," or can the writer anticipate tangible results to her craft, critique, and community?
Feb 10, 12-1:15pm. Panel Presentation: "Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Organizing and Structuring the Short Story Collection" Archives, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four. (Sian Griffiths, Benjamin Hale, Marie-Helene Bertino, Michael Martone, Julia Elliott) Putting together a story collection can feel like assembling a jigsaw puzzle in which the pieces don’t quite fit and there is no one solution. Must the stories be interconnected or thematically connected? Can stories be linked by virtue of voice, tone, or style? How much does the marketplace influence the writer's approach? The panel presents writers of interconnected, thematically connected, and unconnected stories to provide insight for story writers seeking to build their collections.
You guys, I'm ecstatic. American Short Fiction is one of my very favorite journals, and I couldn't be more proud that my story "The Key Bearer's Parents" is their January web exclusive. If you want to give it a read, you can find it here.
I'll be reading from Borrowed Horses (among other things) on Small Business Saturday (November 26, 2016) from 11AM-1PM. I will happily sign copies--for yourself or to give as gifts. Come on out to Booked on 25th, say hello, and help support Ogden's coolest bookstore!
Marcy at Booked on 25th messaged me this week to let me know that there's a huge event at Union Station. Not wanting to compete, we've postponed the reading that was to have been Sept 17. I'll keep you posted on when we re-book. Sorry!!
September 8, 2016. 7pm. Bluebird Restaurant (upstairs), Logan, UT: I'll be reading at the Helicon West Anthology's book release party. My story "The Most Natural Thing In the World" (first published in Fifth Wednesday Journal) is included in this cool new anthology, which is available for purchase here.
September 14, 2016. 7pm. Salt Lake City Library. I'll be reading as a part of the City Arts Reading series. Come hang out with me in our state capital's beautiful library.
I'll be reading at our rad new bookstore BOOKED ON 25th in Ogden on July 30, 2016 at 4:00 with fellow writers Kase Johnston and Shanielle Faith. I'm planning to bring a box of wine and some cups, and I need you all to help drink it. Stick around afterwards for the Ogden Pride Poetry Slam. Hear great poetry, or, if you're feeling spunky, you can enter here to read your own: http://www.ogdenpride.org/events/poetry/
If you can't get out that night and still want to catch up with Kase and me, check out his new podcast LITerally. I was the first guest! (As a devoted podcast nerd, I was beyond excited to get to be on one.) http://www.thebanyancollective.com/literally/2016/6/7/literally-ep-1-sian-griffiths