Olympia. Photos by my friend Gary Wessels-Galbreath.
Seattle reading with Elizabeth J. Colen & me at the home of one of my best friends under the perfect summer afternoon sky. This remarkable group of people came out, including my half-sister & her fiancé. Amazing ending to an amazing little book tour.
Phenomenal writer & friend Karrie Higgins takes Excavation: A Memoir on the Salt Flats, Utah.
Berkeley: Pegasus Bookstore reading with Tomas Moniz, Brynn Saito & Jan Richman. Photos by a pro photographer who happened to be there. :)
- - First impressions of the Kush Expo, billed as “the world’s biggest Medical Marijuana Mega Show!” are signs outside the sterile convention center…
A short excerpt from my book appears as a Small Plate in Midnight Breakfast, with an incredibly lovely intro by Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Rubinstein.
Pegasus Bookstore, Berkeley reading with Tomas Moniz, Brynn Saito, and Jan Richman. Friends from different times of my life came out. We sweated, hugged, & laughed together in the reading space (not even a cold beer could cool me.)
Misty walk through a community garden in San Francisco this morning.
Inventory #574: Excavation by Wendy C. Ortiz
REGARDING THE FUTURE
This will be hot angry tears and hanging up the phone, later. This will be promises broken and fingers touching clandestinely in classrooms. But right now, this is power in the curve of my hip, the way I turn to face him, the mystery of my turtleneck sweater, power in the sound of my whisper, power in the arch of my back and pout of my lips. This is fire, air, drowning, gushing, purging. This is illegal.
—Wendy C. Ortiz
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Olympia reading at Midnight Sun. Patty Kinney, Kevin Sampsell, me. And then these guys, my bros at The Brotherhood.
Los Angeles Times today. Dang.
Powell’s, downtown Portland. Beer on a train. Bees in Olympia.
I have no other words right now but Holy Fucking Shit. Thanks to Hector Tobar for this beautiful write-up.
After this reading & convo there was signing of books, a man asked me if I was wearing a wig, and I saw the video for Bubble Butts on a huge screen in a bar. Before this reading I used a single public bathroom with a friend just like we did when were 15, 16 years old. She also asked me a question at the Q & A about my book and teenage girl sexuality that made me very happy the book is out there, already having a good life so far.
Désirée Zamorano, Megan Stielstra, & I can make you cry. Let us try.