Saturday, September 12, 7 p.m. at the Babylon Salon in San Francisco, I will be reading from my essay “The Outlaw Bride,” which will appear in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (due out in October).
I’m thrilled about this on many fronts: giving a reading, getting published in a book that not just my dearest friends will buy, being in San Francisco (home! ET phone home!), having easy access to friends and good food, and gosh, doing something on Sutter Street for once other than parking in the Sutter-Stockton garage.
The first version of this essay about marriage and love and all that good stuff was shared in a workshop at the University of San Francisco, and it was selected as USF’s nonfiction submission for the AWP awards that year. Didn’t even make honorable mention. A couple years later, I reworked the beginning with the help of my brilliant writing friend Lisa, submitted it to Ninth Letter, and it was published. Three cheers for brilliant friends (and for patience, and writing time, and Panera’s). And for my lovely and supportive bride!