Saturday, February 07, 2004

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know about some events I have coming up.

This Thursday, February 12, The Corona Public Library will be hosting a discussion of The Book of Dead Birds at 7pm. I did an event with their writers' group last month; it's a beautiful library.

Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14, I will be at the Southern California Writers Conference in San Diego , teaching a workshop on "Embodying Our Characters." We'll really get under the skins of our characters, and should have a lot of fun.

I'll be teaching a similar workshop, and giving the keynote address, at the National Association of Women Writers Conference in Arlington, Texas on February 28

March 9, I will be speaking at the Author/Celebrity Luncheon sponsored by the Brandeis University National Women's Committee Desert Chapter at the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Palm Springs. Even though I am not related to Brandeis University in any way, it tickles me to be doing one of their events. The Brandeis Used Book Sale was always a pilgrimage for me when I lived in Chicago; it was great fun to whip out my checkbook and wait for the response when someone saw "Brandeis" written there. For more information, contact Carol Fryer at

I will be also be teaching at the Early Spring in California Conference sponsored by the International Women's Writing Guild from March 12-14 in Santa Cruz. It should be a lovely retreat; Ellen Bass, whose poetry I deeply admire, will be teaching there, as well

The paperbacks for both Fruitflesh and The Book of Dead Birds are coming out May 1st. I'll be touring in Chicago, Denver and Southern CA, and will share my schedule when I know it myself.

I hope to see some of you as I make my rounds!

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