See the full essay HERE
Honored to be the 2015 Very Short Fiction Award winner for Glimmer Train, and so I got to write an essay for the bulletin! Because I feel my feelings, I wrote about, um, feelings.
"I wrote my first published story on a ranch in South Dakota. I'd had a bad year, had moved west, probably in part to escape myself. At the suggestion of a friend, I was writing in order to address the shame and vulnerability I was feeling regarding a difficult real-life event. Shame lives in dark corners. When you talk about it, it's like shining a light on a pile of shadows—they scatter, they abdicate. Vulnerability is complicated. Responding to and accepting it takes time and practice and an understanding of human frailty. We're not all coming out of the cradle with the same skill sets or the same wounds. Human connection and empathy are necessary for successful writing, yet sometimes we shy away from them, because unprepared, we find them immobilizing."
See the full essay HERE
I wrote a little ditty for the North American Review blog, mostly about my life in South Dakota, but also about writing, gender, and displacement. Check it out! Issue 299.2 kicks ass, with writing by Thomas Fox Averill, Barbara Haas, Ivan Hobson, Michelle Lin, and many more.
"It would be the most boring version of the Kama Sutra, abridged for beginners. Overseas evangelists would blush as they walk past it in the aisles of Barnes and Noble. (I kid, I joke.) I wrote “Missionary” in South Dakota in 2011, during what I would later refer to as my “Kerry Fellowship,” on a ranch adjacent to a cattleman named Ted Angel who’d once held his neighbors at gunpoint. I was a summer intern at a wild horse sanctuary, and was initially given lodging on the shores of the Cheyenne River, in one of those silver-tin, hoho-shaped, fifth wheel camping trailers that smelled like cat piss and had no running water. “No toilet? No problem,” I said, understanding very quickly that this was not at all true."
See the Full Blog Post HERE
Pas de Deux: Romanosky & Murvin
"The feast continues with the second course in our feature Pas de Deux, in which Jennifer Murvin turns the tables on fellow 10.2 contributor Christa Romanosky and asks how in the heck she came up with her ironic, biting, and heartbreaking story “Assets.” In what follows, Romanosky reveals her secret recipe: one part biography, eight parts imagination, and two parts kitten experiment, with a dash of Deborah Eisenberg."
Check out the full interview here
It's my first show since I played at a tiny bar called Chute Roosters in South Dakota. I'm going to be playing guitar and keyboard covers, originals, all that jazz. I'm excited to start singing again, and hope those of you in Charlottesville Va can stop in and catch some tunes. $5.00 cover, 8pm. Cville Coffee Charlottesville, Va. And they've got booze!
I'm so excited that The Cincinnati Review Issue 10.2 is here, and in it, the story "Assets," which I wrote during a very rocky period in my life (as the twenties often are). This issue includes fiction and poetry by Steve Almond, Catherine Pierce, Virginia Smith, and many more. Please consider ordering a copy of The Cincinnati Review, and support some lovely artists and a great magazine. http://www.cincinnatireview.com/#/issues/upcoming/10.2
"This story is striking, in part, for its adept use of mechanical imagery in a narrative very much concerned with the living body. “Machines hum from every corner of your apartment: television, refrigerator, coffee maker,” Romanosky writes. “You are a good listener.” Erica’s mother, after losing a breast to cancer, “lopes around the house like a machine with a loose wire.” Throughout the story, the characters attend to and imitate machines with ample emotion but little enlightenment. The artificial industriousness around them comes into sharp contrast with their living, breathing, malformed selves. For this family, women’s bodies exist in a perpetual state of brokenness." -Natalie Shapero
Check out the rest of the "Why We Chose It" on The Kenyon Review blog at: https://www.kenyonreview.org/2013/10/chose/