Fiction Consultations

I’m once again offering fiction manuscript consultations through Black Lawrence Press for the month of April! All you writers stuck at home, being productive and writing your manuscripts…send me anything from a single flash piece to a collection to a novel!

To read my statement of purpose and get more information, visit the Black Lawrence Press website.

Submit here!

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Assistant Prof of Fiction Position

Fiction writers! Speculative writers! Writers with backgrounds in global indigenous and/or postcolonial literatures! My department at Western Washington University is hiring a long-form speculative fiction writer! Please help me spread the word, and consider applying yourself!


  • tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning Sept 2020
  • quarter system teaching assignment: 2-2-2
  • courses in the undergrad creative writing, literature, and MFA programs
  • MFA or PhD required
  • primary expertise in long-form speculative fiction
  • experience in global indigenous literatures and/or postcolonial literatures (for example black speculative fiction, Latinx speculative fiction)
  • experience cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • secondary expertise in multigenre writing and/or creative nonfiction writing
  • demonstrated expertise in any area of historically marginalized writing

Benefits include proximity to ocean and mountains, deer wandering across campus, and all the weirdness of Portland and Seattle without the traffic. (Actual medical and dental benefits, too.)

Click the link below for more information, or contact me with questions!


Editing and Consulting

I’ve spent June reading manuscripts as a guest consultant for Black Lawrence Press, and as the month winds down, I’m reminded of how rewarding and enjoyable this work is. I love getting to know people through their writing, living with their books and characters for days or weeks at time, and analyzing how their manuscripts are put together and what revisions might open up even more doors–either to versions of the existing project, or to connected pieces that might become a whole (other) book! Summer is a great time for me to pour my heart into this kind of work, so if you have a story, essay, chapbook, collection, novel, or memoir that you’d like a new perspective on, check out my editing/consulting page. I’d love to take on more projects in the near future!

WWU Faculty at AWP 2019!

If you’re hoping to catch some of Western Washington University’s amazing faculty at AWP in Portland this year, here’s where we’ll be! Kicking it off with a faculty reading Wednesday–it’s going to be so good!!

Wednesday, 3/27

A Taste of WWU: Faculty Reading

Bruce Beasley, Elizabeth Colen, Stefania Heim, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Kelly Magee, Brenda Miller, Suzanne Paola, Christopher Patton, and Kami Westhoff


Taste on 23rd  (offsite)

2285 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97210


Thursday, 3/28

Black Lawrence Press Book Signing

Carol Guess, 1-2pm

Book fair


25 Years of Creative Nonfiction: An Anniversary Reading

Brenda Miller, 1:30-2:45pm

D137-138, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1


Come Celebrate With Me: Women of Color Writers and Literary Lineage 

Jane Wong, 1:30pm

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1


Queering Genre Boundaries: The Speculative and Fantastic in LGBTQ+ Writing

Kelly Magee, 4:30-5:45

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1


Disability Literature Consortium

Suzanne Antonetta, 6-9

Courtyard by Marriot Portland

Downtown/Convention Center


FC2, Sidebrow, Ellipsis, and Dorothy Reading

Carol Guess, 7-9pm

ADX (offsite)


In His Own Words: A Tribute to Brian Doyle

Brenda Miller, 7pm

McMenamin’s Mission Theater (offsite)


Friday, 3/29


The Coast is Queer: LGBTQ+ Voices from the Pacific Northwest

Carol Guess, 9-10:15am

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2


Indigenous Womanisms: Decolonization & Na(rra)tivity

Kristiana Kahakauwila, 9-10:15am

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1


Gold Wake Press Reading

Kelly Magee, 3-6pm

Ristretto Roasters (offsite)


“Shitholes of the World, Unite”: A Poetry Reading in Translation

Stefania Heim, 5pm

Holocene (offsite)


Readings from They Said Anthology of Collaborative Writing

Carol Guess and Kelly Magee, 5:30-7:30pm

The Fixin’ To (offsite)


Menacing Hedge Reading

Kami Westhoff, 6pm

The Bad Habit Room (offsite)


Swichback Books and Counterpath AWP Book Launch Party

Stefania Heim, 7-9pm

Strum Guitar Bar (offsite)


Correspondences Reading

Jane Wong, 7pm

Daedalus Books (offsite)


Burnside Review, Alice James Books, Canarium Books, Oversound

Jane Wong, 7:30pm (doors open at 7)

The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel (offsite)


Saturday, 3/30


Unsolicited Press Book Signing

Kami Westhoff, 9am

Book fair


Reimagining Borders

Jane Wong, 5pm

Ristretto Roasters (offsite)

Thai Translation

With Animal, the collaborative collection of short stories I wrote with Carol Guess, has been translated into Thai and will be released next month! This collection is accompanied by some truly gorgeous artwork that I couldn’t be more thrilled about. Here are a few of images and a video, but check out Chaichai books on Facebook and Twitter to see more!


Motherhood, Monkeys, and Morality

I published a short story, “The Neighborhood,” in Granta last month, and they asked me to write an essay about the story for their “First Sentence” series. The first sentence of the story is “The wire children move independently and have recognizable faces.” Read the story “The Neighborhood” here, and read the “First Sentence” essay here.

The story was heavily influenced by Harry Harlow’s disturbing experiments with baby primates. Listen to the radio show on which I first learned about these experiments here. (This American Life, Episode 317, “Unconditional Love.”)

And check out Lauren Slater’s book Opening Skinner’s Box, which has a chapter dedicated to Harlow here. Then read the rest of her book and write a story based on a psychological experiment!


Read More Books!

This is my resolution for 2017, and if it’s yours too, I offer a few of mine that have recently come out or are going to soon:

The Neighborhood — a collection of fairy tales and retellings


A Guide to Strange Places: Stories — a chapbook of stories, each of which gives a setting its own point of view


The Reckless Remainder — a collection of prose poetry, co-written with Carol Guess (coming out in May 2017)


I’m very excited about these books, and I’d be happy to send signed copies to anyone who’d like one. Email me at for more information!

The Neighborhood

My new collection of short stories, The Neighborhood, is out from Gold Wake Press, and the title story has just been published in Granta Magazine here. If you’re interested in picking up a signed copy of the collection, which will be officially released in January, send $12 to PayPal here and include your address, and I’ll get one right out to you!

One out of one cats recommend this book!


Origin Story

“Once a girl found a stray tornado. She lured it inside with a dog biscuit.”

Check out a new story of mine, “Origin Story,” in Eleven Eleven. This story is from my collection, The Neighborhood, which will be out soon from Gold Wake Press.