2014 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award

I am awed and deeply grateful that the Ohio Arts Council has granted me an Individual Excellence Award for 2014. To receive this kind of recognition for my writing is incredibly meaningful, and I am thrilled and honored. This kind of support is especially inspiring in terms of bringing my novel to completion and looking ahead to future writing projects.

Many thanks to the judges and the OAC Board and everyone who supports the arts in Ohio and beyond!

There's a Bear in the House

A black bear from Passages North!

Bear Hug!

Cover artist, Jennifer Burton

Inside the issue - Passages North, Issue 34, Winter 2013 - are discovered madonnas and missing horses, digging girls and dirty girls, abrupt movements, dog stars, burglars, group homes, rumbas, dress codes, drive thrus, and one pink Jesus.  Some of the stories won prizes, thanks to judges like Roxane Gay and Caitlin Horrocks

In Traci Brimhall's Just Desserts Short-Short Fiction Prize story, "After the Flood the Captain of the Hamadryas Discovers a Madonna," there are mangoes, macaws, morphos, and "a godawful abundance of wonder."  Exquisite, powerful, poetic.

I'm quite proud of the Waasmode Prize-winning story, "We Are Here Because of a Horse," and even prouder of the daughter who once took on a yearling and threw inspiration my way.  Three cheers for daughters, horses, judges, and exceptional editors like Tim Johnston, Jennifer A. Howard, and everyone at Passages North!