July - August 2018
  • I interviewed Francine Prose for the Dallas Morning News about her new book What to Read and Why.
  • On Thursday, September 6, I will be teaching a class on The Art of Literary Submission for the brand new Lighthouse Writers Workshop satellite, Lighthouse North (in Louisville, CO). Come learn all about how to submit your writing for publication and where to submit it! (6-8:30 p.m.)

May - June 2018

  • For the Dallas Morning news, I interviewed Rick Bass about his new book The Traveling Feast and I reviewed Meg Wolitzer's The Female Persuasion, Aja Gabel's The Ensemble, Nafissa Thompson-Spires' Heads of the Colored People, Sloane Crosley's Look Alive Out There, and Elaine Castillo's America is Not the Heart.
  • Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Lit Fest is just around the corner! I will be teaching the following four craft classes--registration is open now!
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver
Tuesday, June 5, 2-4 p.m.

Finding the Authentic Detail
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver
Tuesday, June 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Writing the Internet: Blogs, Essays, and Tweets
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver
Wednesday, June 6, 2-4 p.m.

Fierce Remix: Writing the Multiple Timeline Book
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver
Wednesday, June 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

March - April 2018
  • My story "L'Homme de ma Vie," which originally appeared in Barrelhouse, has received Special Mention in the 2018 Pushcart Prize anthology.
  • I will be teaching a workshop on revision for the Mile High MFA's spring open house on April 7 from 1-3 p.m. The class is free with advance registration.
  • I will be teaching a workshop on how to write personal essays with a news hook for the Writers Studio 13th Annual Literary Celebration at Arapahoe Community College on Saturday, April 14. The event is open to the public with advance registration.
January - February 2018
  • I will be reading at the February 18 At the Inkwell event in Denver at BookBar (4280 Tennyson St.) with Mairead Case, Richard Froude, and Elwin Michael Cotman.
  • I will be moderating a discussion of creative nonfiction with the fabulous writers Kristen Iverson and Helen Thorpe at the Mile High MFA's winter residency, Sunday, January 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Regis University, Claver Hall, Mountain View Room).
  • I interviewed one of my favorite up-and-coming fiction writers, Kirstin Valdez Quade, for the January 22 "Women in the Church" edition of America Magazine.
  • For Dallas Morning News, I wrote about 5 Novels You Won't Want To Miss that were published in January and February, including books by Xhenet Aliu, Will Boast, Sam Graham-Felsen, Brandon Hobson, and Meghan Kenny.
September - December 2017
  • I reviewed Idaho by Emily Ruskovich and Free Bird by Jon Raymond, two novels examining violence in the West, for High Country News. I interviewed Gabriel Tallent about his debut novel My Absolute Darling for HCN's Fall books issue.
July-August 2017

  • The dates for the Wheat Ridge Reads events for The Ringer have been set! 
Wheat Ridge Public Library's Thursday Morning Book Club
Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 Depew St; Wheat Ridge, CO
Free & open to the public
Thursday, September 21, 9 a.m.

Wheat Ridge High School
Thursday, September 21, afternoon

Books & Brews
El Aguascalientes Mexican Restaurant
4105 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Free & open to the public
Saturday, September 23, 4 p.m.
  • I discuss Dr. Brian Volck's luminous memoir, Attending Others, about his years as a volunteer doctor for the Navajo Nation for High Country News.
May-June 2017
  • The Ringer has been selected for this year's Wheat Ridge Reads community reading program in a suburb of Denver! I will participate in multiple events in September for this.
  • Thanks to Judy P. Christie for recommending The Ringer for summer reading in her column for The Shreveport Times.
  • I reviewed Richard Russo's Trajectory for the Dallas Morning News.
  • I reviewed Andria Williams' The Longest Night and Elizabeth J. Church's The Atomic Weight of Love for High Country News.
March - April 2017

  • I will be teaching a new online weekend workshop for Word Tango, May 12-14th, called "Disobedient Fiction." Learn from disobedient masters Alice Munro, Zadie Smith, and Donna Tartt how to get away with breaking rules in your fiction!
January - February 2017

  • I'm looking forward to teaching my first online class for Word Tango in May. I'll teach the Weekend Workshop on Disobedient Fiction from May 13-14.
November - December 2016

  • Thanks to Barrelhouse for selecting my short story "L'Homme de ma Vie" as one of its two 2016 fiction nominees for the Pushcart Prize.

September - October 2016
  • On Saturday, October 22, I'll be teaching at the Colorado Writing School's first conference at Left Hand Grange Hall in Niwot, Colorado. Learn from writers, editors, and agents including Stephen Graham Jones, Lisa Jones, Sara Megibow and Rebbeca Taylor. Sign up today!
July - August 2016

  • On Friday, September 2, I will represent team fiction with my colleagues on the Mile High MFA faculty in the first annual Denver Lit Crawl, kicking off at Book Bar. Join the lit party as it moves along Tennyson Street to Mermaid Fine Books, the Oriental Theater, and more, 6 p.m. through midnight.
  • I reviewed The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis for Dallas Morning News.
May - June 2016

  • I reviewed Ramona Ausubel's Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty for the Los Angeles Times.
  • I reviewed Louise Erdrich's new novel, LaRose, and Annie Proulx's Barkskins for the Dallas Morning News.
  • Lighthouse Writers' Workshop's Lit Fest is just around the corner! Starting June 4, 'll be teaching five craft classes (listed here) and participating on two panels and also just generally lingering around the Lighthouse porch and party tent during those two weeks.

March - April 2016

  • My satire "How Did We Do?" appeared on The Toast. After you read it, I have a five-part customer satisfaction survey for you to fill out.
January - February 2016

  • I kicked off my first semester of teaching with the Mile High MFA at Regis University with the winter residency in January.

November - December 2015
  • My friend Chip Livingston interviewed me about our mentor Lucia Berlin's teaching methods in this wonderful essay for Literary Hub.
September - October 2015

  • My short story "La Sexycana" appeared in Printer's Row Journal in the Chicago Tribune's literary supplement. 
  • I wrote about the Catholic imagery in Lucia Berlin's fiction in this two part essay for Image Journal's blog.
July - August 2015

  • I am looking forward to participating in the Fucking Fabulous Fiction Fest at the Oriental Theater on Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m. There will be music, beer, burlesque, literary readings and book signings, a literary costume contest, circus acts, and who knows what else!
  • Inspired by Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed, I give five tips for avoiding a public shaming and three tips for recovering on MediaShift.
May - June 2015

  • I wrote about the many events going on at the Lighthouse Lit Fest for 5280.

  • I interviewed Lior Zoref about his new book Mindsharing for PBS MediaShift.
March - April 2015

  • The Ringer finished as one of the top four finalists for the Book Pipeline competition, which means the people at Script Pipeline will be pitching it to various film production companies as a possible movie or television idea. Congratulations to the winner, Milo Behr.

January - February 2015

  • I'm happy to announce that I'm joining the faculty of Regis University's brand-new Mile High MFA in creative writing.  It's a low-residency MFA, perfect for those with busy lives. They're accepting applications now!
  • The Ringer is one of 12 semi-finalists out of 576 entries for the first Book Pipeline contest, which sought books to connect with production companies for film or television adaptation.
November - December 2014

  • Thanks to Mark Wisniewski, who nominated my story "Signing for Linemen" for a Pushcart Prize! The story appeared on Five Chapters early this year.
  • Thanks to Benjamin Dancer who invited me to come meet with the high school writing workshop at the Jefferson County Open School and teach a comedy workshop to the students.
September - October 2014

          • To celebrate the World Series, I joined nine other authors of baseball-themed fiction and nonfiction books on Our publishers are offering our ebooks for Kindle at a discount during the World Series. Download The Ringer for its lowest price ever, $1.99, and pick up the other books for 99 cents or $1.99 a piece. 
  • Have I mentioned that I like to read? Well, yes, it's true. I interviewed Malcolm Brooks about his novel Painted Horses and reviewed Emma Donghue's Frog Music and Rachel Weaver's Point of Direction for High Country News. I reviewed David Mitchell's Bone Clocks and Jane Smiley's Some Luck for the Dallas Morning News.
July - August 2014

  •  My review of The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit appeared in the High Country News.
  • I will have another new satirical piece on the fabulous new website The Toast one of these days!
May - June 2014

  • I'm teaching up a storm at Lighthouse Writers Workshop's annual Lit Fest: five classes, three panels, bring it on! I hope to see you there.

March - April 2014

  • My essay, "No Longer A Cowtown," about dragging my French husband around my hometown in an effort to convince him of Denver's greatness, appears in the new issue 3 of Offline, a magazine you can download for iPad or iPhone for 99 cents. It includes 5 stories each issue on culture, comedy, and design, with actor-recorded audio of each story.
  • I'll be speaking at the Denver Post about one of my favorite subjects ever, research for fiction, along with Ray Rinaldi and Amy Zimmer on Wednesday, April 2. Free tickets are available here.
  • My review of Philipp Meyer's epic western novel The Son and Don Waters' debut novel Sunland appeared in the High Country News.
January - February 2014

  • I'm so pleased that my short story "Signing for Linemen" is featured on FiveChapters this first week of the new year! 
  • I reviewed Gary Shteyngart's funny and moving new memoir Little Failure and Ben Marcus's innovative story collection Leaving the Sea for Dallas Morning News.
  • My review of Denver novelist Gary Schanbacher's thoughtful novel of the American frontier, Crossing Purgatory, and of Russell Rowland's introspective novel of baseball, Montana, and addiction, High and Inside, ran in High Country News.

November-December 2013
  • I'm an editorial curator now for the new website NationSwell, which is in its beta phase currently. Check it out!
  • I reviewed Tom Perrotta's Nine Inches and my favorite book of 2013, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, for Dallas Morning News.

September-October 2013

  • A letter I wrote about a tumbleweed attack I once suffered appears in the new McSweeney's issue 44. I am delighted that my small contribution to this issue is next to stories by fiction champs Stuart Dybek, Jim Shepard, Rebecca Curtis, and more!
July-August 2013

  • A letter I wrote about a run-in I had with a tumbleweed will appear in the August issue of McSweeney's Quarterly.
  • PhoneFiction is republishing stories that previously appeared in literary magazines in a phone-readable format, and they've done so for two of mine: "Hurts," a basketball story,and "Last Summer's Song," a short-short. 

Thanks to the BeerAdvocate for interviewing me about "Welcome to My Nanobrewery!" in their June issue.

May-June 2013

  • I'm honored to have been selected to participate in the Generations in Dialogue program at USC, which brings six writers together to work with mentor Gregory Wolfe, editor of Image.
  • I reviewed new documentary Out of Print, about the rise of digital reading and the decline of printed books, for PBS MediaShift.
March-April 2013

  • I'll be teaching two classes for Boulder Writing Studio this winter and spring. On March 16, I'll teach a workshop about building your web presence, and on April 9, Robert Gatewood and I will teach a class about writing query letters, finding an agent, and submitting your work. Check the Boulder Writing Studio website for details.
  • I wrote about the potential for Amazon to begin selling "used" e-books for PBS MediaShift, and I discussed the article on Los Angeles NPR affiliate KPCC.
  • My writing buddies and I established the Denver Literary Kidnapping and Drinking Club last year. Join us on Facebook, and come to our kidnapping of Emily Rapp at the Tattered Cover on March 11. Stay tuned--we'll be kidnapping Benjamin Percy in May.

January - February 2013

November - December 2012
  • I reviewed Dana Johnson's wonderful novel Elsewhere, California for High Country News.

October 2012
  • I'm looking forward to reading at the High Plains BookFest in Billings, Montana on Saturday, October 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Yellowstone Art Museum, along with Adele Dueck, author of Racing Home, and Robin Troy, author of Liberty Lanes
  • The High Country News fall book issue is out now, and I happily contributed three pieces to it--an appreciation of Kent Haruf's Plainsong in "Best of the West: Our Favorite Books," a review of T.C. Boyle's San Miguel, and an interview of three terrific fiction writers whose debut books are set in Nevada: Tupelo Hassman, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Ben Rogers. You have to be a subscriber to read the interview, but you can find the outtakes on my blog.

September 2012

  • I interviewed literary agent Jason Ashlock for PBS MediaShift about how publishers are responding to the rise of e-books.

August 2012
  • Thanks to the Billings Gazette for this great review of The Ringer, "Shank Masterfully Mixes Baseball, Social Unrest" by Montana bookseller Kate Manley. I'm looking forward to attending the High Plains Book Award festival in October.
  • I reviewed Chris Cleave's Olympic cycling-themed novel Gold and Claire Vaye Watkins' debut story collection Battleborn for the Dallas Morning News.

July 2012

  • Thanks to Michael Merschel, my fabulous editor at the Dallas Morning News, for this shout out for being one of the "guys" who writes reviews for his fine book section.
May & June 2012
  • The Ringer is a finalist for the High Plains Book Award in fiction! The winners will be announced in Billings in October.
  • The McSweeney's Book of Politics & Musicals, with one of my pieces in it, hits stores on June 26. Order it from the Tattered Cover here.
  • I'm reading at the SoBo Reading Series with poet Chip Livingston on May 10 at Vic's Espresso, 4770 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder, 7 p.m.
  • I wrote about how libraries are handling the transition to digital books for PBS MediaShift. (It was also on KQED's MindShift.) 
  • My reviews of Deborah Copaken Kogan's The Red Book and Alyson Hagy's Boleto appeared in Dallas Morning News.
March & April 2012

  • My story "Casa del Rey" appears in the spring issue of Santa Monica Review. Stop by the journal's table at the Los Angeles Times Festival of the Book (April 21-22) for a free copy of the issue.
  • I spoke to publisher Richard Eoin Nash and library specialist Samantha Becker about the results of the new Pew study on the rise of e-books for PBS Media Shift.

January & February 2012
  • Happy news: my "Recycle, Compost, or Trash: A Guide" that originally appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency willbe included in a forthcoming anthology, The McSweeney's Book of Political Discourse, Scandals and Musicals, to be published by Vintage this summer. And my short story "Casa del Rey" will be in the spring issue of Santa Monica Review.
  • I'm starting to teach a new 8-week novel class for Boulder Writing Studio on Monday, January 23. There are a few spots left, so check it out!

December 2011

  • Poets & Writers Magazine published my literary guide to Denver as a part of their City Guide series. It's long--I wanted to include everybody who makes Denver a great, bookish place to be.
  • Algonquin Books asked its authors to write about their favorite books of 2011, and Jonathan Evison, author of the awesome West of Here, was kind enough to mention The Ringer! He writes, "As good as Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding is (and I wrote a blurb for it which started with the word “spectacular”), The Ringer may be even better. Like Harbach’s Fielding, baseball serves only as a framing device for this promising debut about such durable American themes as race, class, and family." Evison mentioned The Ringer on Northwest Book Lovers and Three Guys One Book, too!
  • Thanks to Amy Steele for including The Ringer on her best books of 2011 list on Entertainment Realm!
  • My review of Mary Doria Russell's Doc ran this month in High Country News. It's a fascinating novel that gave me a new appreciation of Doc Holliday. I also reviewed Joe Henry's Lime Creek, a beautiful book about a Wyoming ranch family, for HCN. I reviewed Best of the West 2011, an anthology of Western short fiction edited by Seth Horton and West of 98, an anthology of essays about the West, edited by Russell Rowland and Lynn Stegner, for the Dallas Morning News. 
  • I did my annual reading tally: I read 48 books this year. That's down about seven from my high a few years ago. I blame it on the fact that my own book came out this year and I had a lot of gallivanting around to do.

October 2011
  • I'll be reading from The Ringer as a part of the Colorado Authors Series at the 
    Schlessman Family Branch of the Denver Public Library on Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Thanks to my friend David Abrams for his generous review of The Ringer for The Quivering Pen. He calls it "one of the best overlooked books of 2011." 
September 2011

  • I'm looking forward to heading to the Montana Festival of the Book in Missoula on October 6-8. On October 7, I'll will be on a panel with Craig Lancaster, Keir Graff, and David Abrams about online book reviewing, and I'll be doing a reading from The Ringer. On October 8, I will be on a panel about themes of novels set in the West with Bonnie Jo Campbell, Jonathan Evison, and Joe Henry. 
  • As you may have noticed, New West, where I was the Books Editor for four years, has gone dark. I have started my own blog, Mixed Company, which I hope to add more to in the future.

August 2011

  • Ryan Warner interviewed me about The Ringer for a Colorado Matters show that will air on August 17 on Colorado Public Radio. You can also stream it online from
  • I'm teaching an eight-week novel writing workshop through the Boulder Writers Workshop at the Boulder Book Store. It'll meet on Monday evenings, 6-8 p.m., starting on September 12. Sign up here. (You have to join the Boulder Writers Workshop Meetup to register, but don't worry, it isn't hard!)
  • I recently interviewed Manuel Muñoz about his wonderful new novel What You See in the Dark for New West.

July 2011
  • The Denver Diatribe hosted me for a discussion of the little league baseball and literary scenes in Denver. You can listen to the podcast here.
  • I'll be teaching a class about novel writing for the Boulder Writers Workshop on July 16 at the Paradise Bakery in Boulder at 9:30 a.m. You can sign up here.
  • I'm looking forward to my reading at the Englewood Public Library on Monday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. It's free to attend, and all are welcome.
June 2011

  • Cathy Langer, head buyer for Denver's Tattered Cover, recommended The Ringer in this Summer Book Preview on Colorado Matters, a Colorado Public Radio show, and chose The Ringer for the Tattered Cover's Summer Reading 2011 list.
  • New Pages reviewed The Ringer: "Shank’s novel is a solid, well written, and enjoyable summer read, especially for fans of baseball…and homesick Denverites."
  • New West ran two excerpts of The Ringer, chapters one and two, along with some cool illustrations by Patrick Gill.
  • And this is not news about me, but my family is so excited: My cousin Tommy Hottovy just got called up to pitch for the Red Sox after six years in the minor leagues! Read all about it here and here and here.

May 2011

  • I just heard that The Ringer is one of five finalists for the Reading the West Book Awards sponsored by the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association! I'd do a backflip if only I were able! 
  • Thanks to everyone who turned out for my Boulder Book Store reading, The Ringer is #1 on the Boulder Daily Camera Best Seller List and #10 on the Denver Post Hardcover Fiction Best Seller List!
  • A kind bookseller nominated The Ringer for the Reading the West Award, sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association.
  • Paris-based novelist Janet Skeslien Charles was kind enough to interview me on her blog.
  • My review of Ann Packer's new story collection, Swim Back To Me, ran in the Dallas Morning News.

April 2011

  • There was a great review in the Boulder Daily Camera in advance of my reading at the Boulder Book Store on April 27: The Ringer is "a compelling story that explores cultural and economic divisions, even as it makes clear they can be bridged through the most unexpected of circumstances."  
  • I'm gearing up for the big book launch of The Ringer at the Tattered Cover (LoDo) on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Come for the reading, and join me afterward for a drink at the Wynkoop Brewery!
  • Westword interviewed me about my Denver novel crusade and was kind enough to invite everybody to my Tattered Cover book launch. And my former employer, The Onion A.V. Club, gave a nice shout-out to my book: "In The Ringer, first-time novelist Jenny Shank displays an unerring sense of direction while steering her book through rugged emotional terrain with a deft touch and obvious skill."
  • Three Guys One Book features my essay about my childhood literary influences for their series When We Fell In Love: a shout out to Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes, and Zora Neale Hurston.
  • Check out the great review of The Ringer in the April issue of 5280 Magazine: "Newbie novelist Jenny Shank knocks it out of the park (pun intended) with her first book, The Ringer. The dramatic story, set against the backdrop of a Little League championship, follows two Denver families from different cultures--opposing teams off the field, but teammates during the game--who are forced to deal with the tragic repercussions of a deadly mistake. Shank has a knack for writing prose that's both artful and detailed, and is bound to have a rewarding career as a novelist: This book was a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award." - Anna Bergquist
March 2011

  • Listen to The Write Question on Montana Public Radio on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. or check it out online to hear my discussion with Chérie Newman about The Ringer.
  • I will be speaking and reading from The Ringer the Denver Woman's Press Club meeting on March 21.
  • Image Journal gave The Ringer a great review: "The Ringer is a quintessential American story that deftly and compassionately examines the nuances of race, culture, and religion in contemporary society—and it does so with heart, wit, and playfulness."
  • I'm excited to report that I will be on Denver's KUVO during the R&B Jukebox on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. for an interview with Easy Bill, who will spin a Ringer-themed setlist. Tune in to 89.3 if you're in Denver, or stream it from from anywhere.

February 2011

  • Operation El Johnway is on!  Now to distribute his postcards around Denver…
  • The book launch for THE RINGER is set for April 8 at the LoDo Tattered Cover.  I'll do a baseball-themed reading in honor of the Rockies' opening week.
January 2011
  • Library Journal gave The Ringer a fantastic review in their Spring Baseball Book Roundup: "Every first novel has the potential to seize the interest of a wide readership when it combines these elements: a young baseball player seeking solace on the field for the loss of a father killed by police in a botched drug raid; a veteran Denver police officer (and baseball coach) scarred by a life-ending and life-changing split-second decision; and the women-mother/widow and the wife-who seek to move forward with their lives. Add to the mix a fragile history of urban ethnic discord, rivalry and then unity in a common pursuit, and the fact that no truth ever remains hidden. The result is an entertaining and suspenseful tale with a compelling climax. For diamond fans and those who enjoy a well-written contemporary novel.—G.R."
  • Kirkus Reviews gives The Ringer a rave: "Shank's first at-bat as a novelist is a hit."
  • The Ringer's very first review in Publishers Weekly: "Shank debuts promisingly with the dramatic story of two families upended by an accidental police shooting. Denver police officer Ed O'Fallon is wracked with guilt after he guns down a man during a drug raid; Patricia Maestas, meanwhile, is instantly made a widow and single mother. Their narratives are equally engaging: as Ed's marriage buckles under the weight of his feelings of guilt, Patricia struggles to keep her 12-year-old son, Ray, out of trouble. What keeps Ray off the streets is baseball--the same sport Ed's sons are devoted to. When an investigation reveals the warrant for the fateful raid had the wrong address, Patricia and her family become a symbol of the wrongs suffered by the Latino community. The novel comes to a full boil after Patricia and Ed discover one another's identities through their sons' baseball teams…The narrative…barrels toward a well-handled climax."

December 2010

  • It's official!  I'll be reading from THE RINGER at the Boulder Book Store in Boulder, Colo. on Wednesday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.).

November 2010

October 2010
  • I am happy to report that my essay about writing, "Ham-and-Egger," will appear in the January/February 2011 issue of Poets & Writers.
  • I reviewed Benjamin Percy's taut, accomplished first novel, The Wilding, for the Dallas Morning News.
  • I reviewed Danielle Evans' moving and funny story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self for the Dallas Morning News.      

September 2010

  • My story "Moonlight, Starlight, Boogie Won't Be Out Tonight," is in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Alaska Quarterly Review.

  • I interviewed Benjamin Percy about his new novel The Wilding for NewWest: Part 1 & Part 2.

August 2010
  • Check out this cool new Google Map of Book Festivals of the West we put together for New West.  (And let me know if I forgot any festivals, conferences, or workshops.)
July 2010

June 2010
  • I wrote for the Dallas Morning News that Jennifer Egan's A Visit From The Goon Squad "expertly captures the spirit of our times."

May 2010

  • My review of Brady Udall's awesome novel, The Lonely Polygamist, appeared in the Dallas Morning News.  I also interviewed him for New West, here and here.
  • My review of Pam Grier's memoir, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, ran in the Boulder Daily Camera.  I, like Pam Grier, grew up in Denver and graduated from a Denver Public high school.  Then, our paths diverged: she became the glamorous star of blaxploitation films and Quentin Tarantino's unforgettable Jackie Brown and the world's first female action hero, while I became a simple book reviewer.  Also, guess which one of us Snoop Dogg visits when he passes through Colorado?

April 2010
  • My review of the new English translation of Adriana Lisboa's 2003 novel "Symphony in White" appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera.
  • New West April Fools' piece "Dr. Seuss Explains the Rocky Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic" was reprinted in the Forest Health Task Force newsletter, the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association newsletter, Sharon O'Toole's Western Folklife blog, Sun Valley Online, the Montana Wood Products Association, the Helena National Forest Newsletter, and the Minnesota Forest Insect and Disease Newsletter.  According to one ranger, the piece has "circulated like wildfire around the Forest Service."  This caused me to wonder how often forest rangers use the phrase "like wildfire" to describe non-fire phenomenon.
March 2010
  • My review of Laurie Wagner Buyer's When I Came West appeared in the Dallas Morning News.

February 2010

  • Story, "Moonlight, Starlight, Boogie Won't Be Out Tonight," will appear in a forthcoming issue of Alaska Quarterly Review.

January 2010
  • Review of The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism, edited by Alex Hunt, appears in the Winter 2010 issue of Western American Literature.
December 2009

  • Story, "Lightest Lights Against Darkest Darks" appears in the Winter 2009 issue of Prairie Schooner.
  • Check out my picks on New West for the best books in the West for 2009 (Part 1 and Part 2), as well as my top five books in the West.