ACHIEVEMENTS

!! FEATURED !!

The first Power of the Yellow Pencil workshop is in the works! We'll be spending a Saturday morning experiencing the power of creating community through writing in groups. Information on the hosting retreat facility to follow.

Use the Contact form today if you'd like for me to lead a Righting Group workshop or speak to your organization on the Power of the Yellow Pencil to form community.

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WE R RIGHTING GROUP has launched into the world! You can read all about it here. You can buy a copy here.

I'm incredibly excited about this gem of a book.  The easy, step-by-step guide takes the reader through one-hour writing gatherings. I'm hoping all kinds of groups will flip through its pages and realize supportive writing groups are perfect for strengthening bonds among groups and building bridges to new groups. Complete with loads of writing prompts to get you started, and not one bit of grammar!

Use the Contact form today if you'd like for me to lead a Righting Group workshop or speak to your organization on the Power of the Yellow Pencil. 

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Two more short story excerpts from my  novel manuscript  "The Bone Trench" have been published in 2019, one in Exterminating Angel Press and one in Connotation Press. That makes 3 excerpts from the novel that have seen the light of day—Yay!

I also had a personal essay published in Literary Orphans (so proud) earlier this year. You can read "Atomirotica" here

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We had two events for the hand-sewn novel The Hart Women—thank you to friends, family, and strangers who came out and supported this tiny experiment in an artistic special edition novel.  

 

I’VE BEEN PUBLISHED, AN ESSENTIAL FOUNDATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God (Paraclete Press, 2009); Cain’t Do Nothing with Love, CIPA EVVY AUDIO BOOK AWARD (2014); Tracking Happiness: A Southern Chicken Adventure (2018); Model for Deception (2019); The Hart Women (2019); We R Righting Group: A Pocket Guide to Writing in Groups...and Righting the World (2019); “Tetanus, You Understand?” included in Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir by Sue Silverman (University of Georgia Press, 2009) + oodles of literary journals

I’VE BEEN A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR TO VARIOUS PUBLICATIONS

Contributor, Radio Commentaries West TN and MS NPR affiliates 2000-2007 (PRNDI Award, 2nd Place, Commentary/Essay 2000); Contributor, Strut! Magazine (2004-2008); Contributor, Church Health Reader

MY WORK HAS BEEN IN LITERARY JOURNALS

Including Hotel Amerika (one of the prettiest journals I’ve been in), Alimentum, (the only piece I’ve ever written about food) Brevity, Southern Women’s Review, Literary Orphans, Connotation Press, Tertulia Magazine, StorySouth,The Rambler, KWG Anthology, North Dakota Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review (two of my “frozen tundra” publications), Barrelhouse (which gives me street cred), Texas Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, New Madrid, Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression, Arkansas Review, Southern Hum, Image: A Journal of Art and Religion, Gulf Coast Literary Journal, Eureka Literary Magazine, Hurricane Review (my husband’s favorite), The Pinch

I’VE WON AWARDS, A HAPPY OCCURRENCE
  • Special Mention, Pushcart Prize XXXI, “Held at Gunpoint,” 2007;
  • Nominated, Pushcart Prize, 2007, "Gift of the Elephant"
  • TN Writers’ Alliance Nonfiction Winner, 2007;
  • TN Writers’ Alliance Fiction, Winner 2005;
  • Winner, Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest, 2009;
  • Peralta Press, 2K2 Award Winner 2002;
  • Cain’t Do Nothing with Love CIPA EVVY Audio Book Award, 2014
I’VE BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR MY WRITING
  • Peter Taylor Fellow, Kenyon College Summer Writing Program, 2005;
  • Sewanee Writers Conference, 2002;
  • Richard Bausch Moss Group;
  • Upstander, Facing History and Ourselves.
MY NOVELS HAVE PLACED IN CONTESTS
  • Jazzy and the Pirates, Finalist, Novel-in-progress, William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition, 2018
  • The Bone Trench, Short List Finalist, Novel-in-progress, William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition, 2015; Second Round, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, 2014
  • In the Name of Mississippi, Short List Finalist, Novel-in-progress, William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition 2009, and Semi-finalist (25/600) James Jones First Novel Competition 2005

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