Bemis N U

A few days before I left the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska—a place I called home for three months in the winter of 2018—my friend and neighbor, John, interviewed me about my time in residency.

My time in Omaha was creatively challenging for me—a longer story I was working on came to a standstill and there were more weeks than I’d like to admit that I didn’t write—but when people ask me which residency I liked the most, I always say Bemis. Mainly because of what I learned from the amazing artists I was in residence with. What I love the most about John’s short video is how perfectly he captures that.

Check out my video below and some of the other residents whose time in Omaha John filmed.

Upcoming Workshop: Writing the Body

I’ll be teaching a new workshop at Writers in Progress this winter. Check out the description below…

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There has never been a more important time to write about our bodies. In the current political climate, especially, it feels necessary to acknowledge the way our bodies can act as deep sources of creative inspiration. Our greatest stories come not from our heads but from our hearts, our shoulders, our hands, our backs. In this workshop, we will free ourselves from the self-consciousness and doubt that comes with writing and return to where our stories first began: our bodies. Through a series of meditations, exercises, prompts, and time to write, we will tap into our most fundamental selves, celebrate our bodies in their various stages, and bring our experiences of being alive in our bodies fully to the page.

This six-week workshop starts on January 8th. Register today!