January 2016

A Trip Back in Time.

Recently I began talking with my childhood best friend (we met when we were four), with whom I hadn’t spoken in 18 years. This coming May, my wife and I are going to Cuba for the first time since we left, when we both intend to reconnect with our birthplaces and those who are still living in our neighborhoods (many have left).

Today my friend sent me this picture, which is of me, him, my younger brother, and my cousin, sitting on my grandmother’s sofa in Havana. I can’t wait to go back and return a changed person, with many stories to tell.


The Muse & the Marketplace Sessions

I’m happy to share that I’ll be presenting two sessions (they can be found under my name) at this year’s The Muse & the Marketplace conference in Boston! The sessions are filling up quickly, so please share with those who might be interested.

Registration is now open for the conference, which will bring together an amazing group of writers, agents, and editors.

I’m looking forward to being a part of it with the wonderful folks at GrubStreet and meeting new people who love writing, literature, and the publishing world as much as I do.

Brown University Visit

It still seems a bit unreal, but it is actually happening: I’m doing a public reading at Brown University on March 1st and meeting with faculty and students in Latina/o Studies. Also, my story “Marching Men, originally published in Prairie Schooner, is being taught at the university. I will have the opportunity to co-teach a class in which the story will be discussed.

I’m immensely grateful for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to meet the wonderful professors and students in Latina/o Studies at the university!

Cape Cod Story Collection Class

The date of my one-day class on how to put together and promote a successful story collection is nearing! I’m including the details of how the Cape Cod Writer’s Retreat works, as well as a link to the class itself.

Come spend a weekend at a historic Inn discussing fiction writing and story collections!

“Our 2015-2016 Writing Classes feature a variety of authors from many different writing genres.  You’ll have a chance to meet the author at a wine and cheese reception on Friday night and classes are held Saturdays from
9 am to 5 pm with an hour break for lunch.  Classes are held at the Inn At the Oaks in Eastham, MA and cost just $75/class.

When taking a class, we invite you to stay at the Inn in one of our beautiful writing rooms.  Stay the weekend or stay a week.  All class attendees get a 10% off room rates, and of course you are welcome to share a room with a friend.  When you stay six days or more, you class is free.  Please call the Inn at 508-255-1886 to book your class and room reservation.”

Class link:

Back Porch Collective Reading at The Middle Gray Cafe!

Come out and support the arts at The Middle Gray Cafe during the Back Porch Collective’s Reading on Sat., Feb 6th!

A great bunch of readers: Jonathan Escoffery, Stacy Mattingly, Ani Gjika, Shubha Sunder, Sarah Colwill-Brown, and special guest George Clements of The Lonely Heartstring Band.

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The event is co-sponsored by GrubStreet_Logo_Text.png

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