So happy to have this new interview with Ryan Rivas up at Rain Taxi Review of Books.
Author Ryan Rivas talks about his new book, Nextdoor in Colonialtown (Autofocus), the accidental “truth bombs” of his neighbors’ posts on Nextdoor, and what it means to illustrate the “slippery time” of our historical moment.
Ryan’s an incredibly generous literary citizen, a wildly talented writer, and a genuinely nice person. Excited to help shine a light on the cool work he and Autofocus Books are bringing to the world!
Excited to read Saturday at this celebration of the Orlando Poet Laureate and finalists.
Come hear incoming Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome, outgoing Poet Laureate Susan Lilley, and finalists Terry Thaxton, Martha Brenckle, and me at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as part of UCF Celebrates the Arts.
This Saturday, April 9, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m. Free, but advance tickets required: https://arts.cah.ucf.edu/event/poetry-spoken-word/
If you’d like to read the story, you can check it out here, where it was first published under a slightly different title:
Check out all of the amazing novels Charmed Particles got to rub elbows with this weekend at the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference!
If you’re interested in #sciencenovels, #lablit, and #nerdnovels, be sure to check out the amazing work of the Fiction Meets Science Program and the new book Under the Literary Microscope: Science and Society in the Contemporary Novel, Edited by Sina Farzin, Susan M. Gaines, and Roslynn D. Haynes
With contributions by Anna Auguscik, Jay Clayton, Carol Colatrella, Sonja Fücker, Raymond Haynes, Luz María Hernández Nieto, Emanuel Herold, Karin Hoepker, Anton Kirchhofer, Antje Kley, Natalie Roxburgh, Uwe Schimank, Sherryl Vint, and Peter Weingart.
Excited to talk about Charmed Particles this weekend at the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference, as part of the “Narrative Energy: Novelists on Why, When, and How They Write About Science” panel, along with Laura Otis, Susan M. Gaines, Catherine Bush, and Edward Schwarzchild!
“Scholar and writer Laura Otis will lead a discussion with four accomplished novelists who write realistic, character-driven fiction about science. They’ll compare their inspirations and motivations, and describe doing the research for their science novels and how it differs from the research they’ve done for other novels. They will consider the unique challenges of writing such books: How do they create empathy for particularly nerdy scientist characters? Does the unfamiliarity of the scientific content influence their choices of narrative point of view? How do they construct plots that are comprised of both intellectual and emotional events? What different sorts of challenges do different fields of science present?
One of the attractions of realistic science novels is that they allow readers to experience and appreciate unfamiliar fields of scientific study. And yet, people read and value novels for their fictional stories, characters, and aesthetics. How do novelists negotiate this conundrum? In what ways do they fictionalize the science to fit their stories, and how do they rationalize this within the novels’ realistic framing? How do they create the narrative energy of their stories using abstruse scientific concepts and practices—and teach readers what they need to know to understand the story from within the story, without being didactic or condescending?”
A few months ago, I met with a filmmaker who wanted to adapt my story “Swimming for Shore” into a short film.
Today he sent me stills from the shoot, and I can’t believe how beautiful they are!
I’m so excited to see the whole project when it’s finished!
The actors playing the lead roles in the film.
Thank you to Gabriel Connelly for the beautiful adaptation, to Crazyhorse Literary Journal for first giving this story a home, and to Robert Shapard and James Thomas for giving the story a second life in their anthology New Sudden Fiction.
If you’d like to read the story, you can check it out here, where it was first published under a slightly different title