Todos Santos Writers’ Workshop: Registration Has Begun!

Teaching, Writers & Writing

I’ll be teaching at the amazing Todos Santos Writers’ Workshop—and it’s not too late to sign up! Workshops in fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Jan. 27–Feb. 4, 2018. Inspiring, invigorating, and—dare I say it?—magical, this has got to be the best spot on earth for a great week of writing. And it’s the only writers’ conference I know where you can walk down the beach to help release rescued turtle hatchlings after class.

Writers & Writing

Merrill Feitell

Merrill Feitell’s first book, Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, won the Iowa Award for Short Fiction.

Her recent fiction, nonfiction, and text-image essays have appeared in American Short Fiction, Electric Literature, and McSweeney’s Quarterly.

She has been a fellow at MacDowell, Yaddo, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference,  Taos Writers’ Conference, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and she has taught creative writing for over a decade in both graduate and undergraduate programs.

Born and raised in New York City, Merrill lives, writes, and teaches in Los Angeles. (A more complete bio lives here.)

Map Inset: Kansas • A Video Essay

Art, Publications, Writers & Writing

The first of my video essays just went up at along with an essay on craft and process, explaining how the project evolved into this form. Both the video and the essay can be found here: Map Inset: Kansas — A Video Essay about a woman, a dog, the open road, and the things we carry to the middle of nowhere

Because You Asked…

Publications, Writers & Writing

I’m super proud to be part of this awesome new book of essays! An astounding roster of writers offers killer insights and resonant anecdotes on the writing process and life. Thank you, Katrina Roberts, for including me!BYA_300-2-210CMovTyPUAAATI5Y


Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art and Craft of the Writing Life


Borne out of over 15 years curating the Visiting Writers Reading Series at Whitman College, Katrina Roberts’s Because You Asked is an anthology that brings together anecdotes, approaches, aspirations, confessions, warnings, challenges, passions, foibles, secrets, prompts, craft notes, manifestos-that is, perspectives from writers, their insights and revelations shared often during “Q and A sessions” with young (or simply young-at-heart) writers and readers. A peek inside the writing life, for readers of all sorts!

Interdisciplinary arts extravaganza

Art, Events, Writers & Writing

Come celebra12132570_10156164838210383_4039725718357384542_ote the opening of 347 S. Clarence this weekend, November 6, 7 & 8.

The space blows my mind; the art takes my breath away; and Saturday night’s readers are so astonishing and innovative, they’re sharing the bill with bands. (And did I mention they’re actually letting me hang art on the walls?)

Readings by Chad Sweeney • Felicia Sullivan • Michelle Bracken • Ruben Ty Rodriguez • Mandy Kahn • Allyson Jeffredo

Readings start 7pm, Saturday Nov. 7th.

This November 2015 show proves that it is possible to find an alternative space and transform it, to gather a community and foment it, to step out of the studio and show work within a white-walled space of holy square footage, and to excite artistic, interdisciplinary, and community cross-pollination.