AUG
31

Singing Together Is Medicine: Interview with Amber Field

Singing Together Is Medicine: Interview with Amber Field
If you’re a Bay Area writer wanting to get your voice out there, you’re in luck. Musician and teacher Amber Field helps people free their voices, creativity, and spirits in private and group classes. Her 4 Free Your Voice classes start at the end of this month, so you still have time to sign up. “The class attracts people who have never sung, those who have blocks and trauma expressing themselves, and people who love to sing and want to take it to the next level. All are welcome, as a safe space......
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AUG
10

Reflecting the World as It Really Is: Interview with Na'amen Gobert Tilahun

Reflecting the World as It Really Is: Interview with Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
With his debut novel, The Root. Na'amen Gobert Tilahun took Toni Morrison’s famous dare: “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” I’ve been a large black man all of my life and I’ve experienced the fear and suspicion that comes along with that, he wrote when asked to comment on John Scalzi’s blog, Whatever, about the big ideas in his story. What if I wrote a black man whose power came from his anger? The Root is the first in his planned W......
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JUL
06

How To Title Your Book

How To Title Your Book
So often, a project germinates with a title. Sometimes that title evolves to be called the “working title” after it’s gotten batted around a bit. Sometimes it sticks. But some novel projects defy easy naming. I called my first novel novel #1 for a long time. And then it went through an awful lot of working titles before I settled on Turning Out. Who knows what it’ll be called when I finally publish the thing. For years, I’ve assigned this very good blog post by literary agent Rachelle Gardner to......
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JUN
22

The Only One Who Can: Interview with Dawn Robinson

The Only One Who Can: Interview with Dawn Robinson
I’m proud to present this Pride-season interview with one of my very favorite queer writers, Dawn Robinson. A Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Dawn lives, works, and writes in Oakland, California and writes sexy, funny, satisfying stories about queer life. In this interview, we talked about love, Liz Gilbert, and putting your work out there. Kristy Lin Billuni: Tell me about identifying as a writer. Dawn Robinson: I've always been a writer, and identify as that, completely, because I've had to......
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JUN
14

The Art of Money or Happy Book-Birthday, Bari!

The Art of Money or Happy Book-Birthday, Bari!
Maybe it was those timed arithmetic tests in first grade that drove me to run. Maybe it’s my time in the credit-trap so many college students experience. Maybe it’s my failed career as an activist fundraiser. Whatever it is, money is hard for me. I entertain damaging beliefs, that I’m bad at math, that rich people are the devil, that money is imaginary and thus unimportant. I’ve done crazy things to feel more in-control and successful with money: frozen credit cards in ice, dipped money in glit......
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