Lara Ehrlich and I had a conversation on Writer Mother Monster, her “interactive interview series devoted to dismantling the myth of having it all and offering writer-moms solidarity, support, and advice as we make space for creative endeavors.” Thanks to everyone who listened live, and thanks to my partner for setting up satellite internet that would actually work for a full hour without crashing.
A year ago I found a published collection of Threepenny‘s Table Talk essays and read them cover to cover. It’s such an honor to have my own Table Talk essay published now by such an amazing literary magazine.
My short essay – “We are your doctors, and this is the aftermath of idealism” – is about burnout and my frustrations with the U.S. healthcare system. It is a story of working in primary care, but it is not the story of working in primary care.
Wendy Lesser sent me a card and I danced in the post office with fangirl happiness:
I drafted this story during a slow shift at an urgent care, in which I alternated between reading the clinic’s drug treatment pamphlets and compulsively checking the hold queue on my online public library account between patients.
As The Seattle Review of Books wrote after last month’s Lit Crawl, “Joyland Magazine is built on a contradiction that isn’t one: that fiction is both an international movement and grounded in local communities. They have editors throughout the United States and Canada who are responsible for curating stories that define each region’s unique character, and they publish by the map — stories are grouped and tagged by location, so readers get to know the flavor of a particular place.”
From the same review: “Adams’ ‘Doreen’ (coming next issue) takes a woman comfortably padded against unpleasantness into the teeth of the medical system.”
Thanks to Joyland PNW editor Kait Heacock for picking “Doreen” out of the pile and giving it a home.
The summer issue of The Baltimore Review just came out, including my story “Burnt,” a short (short) piece of creative nonfiction about the rowhouse across from us on Portugal street whose untimely demise coincided with one of our first weekends away.
The Baltimore Review was founded by Barbara Westwood Diehl in 1996 as a literary journal publishing short stories and poems, with a mission to showcase the best writing from the Baltimore area and beyond. Since its founding, the journal has grown to become a nationally distributed publication, and in 2004, an independent nonprofit organization. Susan Muaddi Darraj led the journal from 2003 to 2010, expanding contributions to include creative nonfiction and interviews; in 2011, Diehl resumed leadership of the journal, overseeing its 2012 transformation into a quarterly, online literary publication.
It’s an honor to be included in a home-turf publication that showcases so many great writers! I especially like the way the online format includes audio and image as well as text.