(Is "bushel of news" a Legitimate Thing? No matter. It is now.)
I have been published in the breathtaking journal Wildness, by the lovelies behind Platypus Press. It is a very new journal—only on its second issue—and you know how much I adore supporting these small, beautiful ventures. Especially when they are filled with so many gorgeous pieces, ones that I am truly honoured to reside with. I think most worth noting is Christina Im's “Cycles”. Christina is one of the most talented writers I know, and I am lucky enough to call myself her friend; it is wonderful to see her work in Wildness, along with my own piece, “Cherry Blossoms”. Here it is for your reading pleasure. Enjoy, darlings.
One of my dearest friends, Chiara Sullivan from Books for a Delicate Eternity, interviewed me on poetry and my writing process. I had such a beautiful time speaking with this kind soul—her questions were thoughtful and lovely, and I hope you too find light in them.
This Friday, I am participating in a lyric writing workshop in collaboration with the National Book Council of Singapore and the All In Young Writers' Festival. I'm immensely excited for it—I will be working with the kids all day to write lyrics and then hone their songs, and in a few months I will be performing their music along with other local bands. It is going to be a wonderful, cosy workshop, and I simply can't wait to get to know the kids - I have been wanting to get more involved with the Singaporean music scene, and I think this will be the perfect opportunity.
Next Friday, March 4th (or the Thursday before that, for those located in the United States), I am joining Marc Christmas on his lovely radio show, AllVerse Thursdays! Marc reached out to me a few days ago and was kind enough to invite me to co-host next Thursday's show, and I am so looking forward to chatting with him and getting to know the AllVerse community through the show. I had such a beautiful time listening to the recording of the last show that Marc sent me - it is a dynamic and fascinating conversation, and you lovelies are in for a treat. (Also, Marc has a beautiful accent, so you should listen in just for that, I think. ;)) More information on how to tune in coming next week.
And finally, perhaps the most exciting news of all:
Yes indeed: after 16 days of frantic writing and then a month of delays, the 16-16 project by tNY Press—and my very first collaborative, full-length novel (!!!!!!!!)—is published at last. It has been a wild and incredible ride, and I can hardly believe it is over already. I have made friendships that will last for a very long time, and collaborated with 13 writers whose work I admire like no other. A Cathedral in a Mason Jar is perhaps the oddest thing I have ever had the pleasure of working on, and I am so, so excited to see it published. The process of putting it together was one so full of laughter and light—and I hope you enjoy it as well. Here you are.
There has been a gorgeous whirlwind of incredible things happening lately, and I feel so privileged that I can take you all along for the ride. All of your endless support truly overwhelms me, in the best way possible. Thank you so much. And I cannot wait to see where we go next.