Dreams coming true...after a lot of work and heartache

Today the "official" announcement of the sale of my memoir to University of Minnesota Press was released in Publishers Weekly. This little blurb makes everything that's happened in the last few months real and it also culminates the work I put into this manuscript over the past nine years.


I began writing the essays that eventually became the backbone of this book while in the Loft Literary Center's Mentor Series. This competitive program admits twelve writers who work with eight local and national authors over the course of a year. I was so fortunate to get to learn from Shannon Olson, Pablo Medina, Gene Yang, JC Hallman, Dinah Lenney, and Phil Bryant. 

Of course, that was only the beginning.