I will be moving back to Philadelphia at the end of January. I am looking forward to the move and I believe it is a positive and healthy choice.
The San Francisco Bay Area has been a second home for me these past nine years and I will miss it. I became an adult here. I realized and actualized my dreams of writing and publishing here. I've made some very important friendships here. On top of everything, it is the people I will miss the most, those who have supported and encouraged my work and made some room for me. I am grateful and forever thankful for them.
Right now I am packing and trying to get rid of things. I have a lot of books and a lot of clothes. I also bought two big boxes of American Mary right before I got laid off and I'd like to sell as many copies as possible so that I don't have to pack them up to ship to Philly, so I'm offering them up at a great price: $8.00, which is actually half price. If you already own a copy, maybe you know someone who would appreciate the book as a gift. Buy one here.
Before I leave, I am doing a few events:
- on Thursday December 14 I will be performing in San Francisco for a holiday-themed storytelling event presented by The Establishment, a news and culture outlet run by women and dedicated to highlighting marginalized voices. Carol Hood, July Westhale, Andrea Grimes, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras are also performing. You can buy a ticket here.
- and then the very next day I will be performing in Los Angeles at a show that I have put together with Yesenia Padilla and Grant Leuning called Now That's What I Call Poetry/Be About It: Reading in LA at the Poetic Research Bureau. Also performing in addition to myself, Yesi, and Grant are Paige Elizabeth Gretsky, Megan Lent, Viva Padilla, Miranda Tsang, Rachel Olson, and Jeremy Hight. Please don't miss this if you're in the LA area!