I teach through UCLA Extension Writing Program and my own academy online. MA from FSU and MFA from U. of Iowa, taught in brick and mortar Universities for years.
Books out, the next one from ELJ in Dec. 2014. Couple hundred narratives in magazines and anthologies, such as Women Writing the Weird I and II, Triangulation:Parch, Surreal South 09, and forthcoming, Strange Little Girls.
Awards from Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, Medulla Magazine, PunkPen, Cezanne's Carrot, and the Academy of American Poets for a poem in Carolina Quarterly, and nominations for Pushcart from Rose and Thorn, A-Minor, Blue Fifth, Redacted, and Metazen.
I have promoted Experimental Literature through a resource site, magazine, and press, reviewing. I write non-fiction and genre as well. I have also had extensive art and photography publications, and was Art Director of Mad Hatters Review.
I live in Berkeley.
I have always wanted to add my voice to further the dialogue of innovative fiction.
I get inspired by submission calls.
Want to bring attention to real-world subjects.
Add some sort of beauty and entertainment.
Want to explore certain characters, locations, situations, speculations.
Kyle Muntz's Sunshine in the Valley, Jonathan Coe's House of Sleep, Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, Edmund Caldwell, and Stephen-Paul Martin, Tom Robbins, Paul Barnett, Alissa Nutting, Patricia Catto, Virginia Woolf, Robert Holdstock, John Crowley, John Barth, Jorge Luise Borges, Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Don't Kill the Messenger, Philip K. Dick.
Tantra, thanks for reading "Carver". Wasn't sure how that piece would go over so I'm glad you liked it.
Thanks for your comments on "Fat" Tantra. I was in a fitness class at the time I wrote it-and got really annoyed with the constant...well...fat shaming.
Hi Tantra, thanks for the generous comment on Not for Long! I appreciate you reading.
Thanks for your juicy comment on Mouth Manifesto... :)
It means a lot!
hi, tantra. east bay represent!
Thank you for the "oh my!", it really made my day, and seems to be the typical reaction to this story. I appreciate the visit.
Tantra, I absolutely love magical realism and such oddities and this story was just so well done, and the mother/daughter relationship is just so powerful and believable. Super nice.
thanks for reading my stuff
we know berkeley--we love berkeley--we miss berkeley
Thanks so much for commenting on "miranda"!
Hi Tantra, I'm happy you enjoyed the energy in "7 years for us." Thanks for the comment!
Thank you for reading and commenting on "On Enterprise Eve", Tantra.
Thanks for your comment on "Language". Much appreciated :)
Thanks so much for the very kind feedback on 'The Drowning Man', I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.
(I live in the Rockridge!)
Thank you so much for your kind comment on Pig Girl. I enjoyed your wonderful, quirky story Sounds.
Hi Tantra! Thanks for taking the time to read "Passing the Last Buoy" and for your comment. much appreciated! I'm looking forward to reading your work.
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Under Commiseration," Tantra. I appreciate it very much!
Thank you so much for your kind words on my story.
Such a fine thing, you reading my recent story and saying something about it. Thank you very much.
tantra, thank you for your comment on "For Carol". i really appreciate it. i also enjoyed your interview in htmlgiant. cheers from berlin, marcus
Thanks, Tantra, for your long comment, very helpful for me in understanding the story's effect, on "Animals in Reverse."
thank you for your observation! big help to me, woman. thank you thank you. xo
Hey, Tantra! Thank you for your comment on "The Shoes..." Appreciated. Hope you're doing well. Chris :)
Thanks for the great comment on my poem this morning. I'm interested to check out your writing, your site and Exclusive Magazine.
thank you again and again for your nice support here!
Thanks again, Tantra!
Tantra thank you for nice comment on "Throwing Back" and when you say "made me smile" it is a very good feeling! xo
Thanks Tantra, I really appreciate your comments.
Tantra, thank you for commenting on two of my stories in the last few hours. Sweet. And. Sweet. :)
Thank you so much for the comment on my story! I just checked out your site, and Lucid Membrane looks awesome. I plan to read it soon. I love the interactive nature of it... So, so cool.
Thank you, Tantra! Appreciated!
Thank You for your kind comments on my poem "entwined". I had envisioned two shapeless lovers one white and one black fading into gray. When I put it on paper it didn't quite like I wanted it to. Actually it's the fourth poem I've ever written, and I'm enjoying it very much. Thank You.
I'm so glad you're on Fictionaut, Tantra. Thank you for reading and commenting on loon. I look forward to enjoying more of your work. Best - Meg
Thanks, Tantra, for your comment on the Translator poem.
Hi Tantra, thanks for reading my story and for the thoughtful comment. I'm not on Fictionaut much these days so im glad i caught it. Your magazine sounds interesting by the way...i'll check it out. Cheers.
And thanks for the fave on Ping Pong!
Tantra, thank you kindly for reading a number of my stories here on fictionaut - much appreciated. I so liked your comments.
Have you read the rest of Coe's books? Really terrific. Right now reading Herta Muller - won Nobel Lit Prize in 2009 - reading The Appointment - and am entthralled.
Tantra, welcome to here! Thanks very much for reading my pieces
Chocolates and Identical. Look forward to seeing your work!
thanks, Cherise. I have other stories up here on my page invisibly hovering until time to let them take out to run wild and free.
i used House of Sleep as an example when teaching a writing class. incredible book.
congratulations on the new revised publication.
Tantra, Thanks for finding and commenting on Unpacking Sentences! A different version of it is to be published shortly in Thunderclap! Press. Also, House of Sleep is a favorite of mine as well! I look forward to reading your work.
Jennifer Bowles decided to dedicate an issue of Medulla Review to Prosetry, and Lucid Fiction, the genre I came up with, and asked me to co-edit. So, please send us your submissions, according to guidelines. It's exciting seeing people finding their niche in Lucid Fiction. More prosetry, though, please. Think poetic language, word-driven prose, musical, beautiful, not line break poetry, but something delicious please.
I'm looking for some New Wave Fabulism for the next issue of Exclusive Magazine, at http://experimentalwriting.weebly.com/exclusive.html
it needs to be something not published elsewhere, such as here, once it is accepted.
i'm looking for stories that do something different that simple fabulism, become self reflexive, address the reader, tackle complex concepts, explore consciousness, play with non linearity, consider the whole self of characters including past and parallel lives, auras, subconscious and higher self, etc.
Hey, Tantra. Congrats on the "Gone Lawn" publication. Nice to see you here as well.