Hot Off the Presses

Hot Off the Presses

Writers Grotto members are constantly turning out new work, including articles, essays, poems and other writing that gets published online or in periodicals. Here’s the latest batch of work; to receive these in your inbox each month, sign up for the Grottoletter.


October 2019:

Jesse Ball invokes Lorca, Alice Oswald and other texts that changed his students forever, Alan Lightman ranges from Kafka to Calvino to Dino Buzzatti in his favorite magical realist novels, and Carolina De Robertis recommends novels of revolution, including Taiwan underground queer classic Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin, all in Jane Ciabattari‘s Bookmarks column.

What happens at the unmarked Mexican resort where Brad, Jen, Angelina, and J. Lo go to relax, and also, what’s romance? Chris Colin bravely found out.

Julie Lythcott-Haims reviews Imani Perry’s book Breathe: A Letter to My Sonsa Black mother’s demand that Black children simply be possible, for the New York Times

Vanessa Hua reviews Gordon Chang’s fascinating The Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, for Stanford Magazine.

Hall of fame or… shame? Mary Ladd looks at a Sacramento exhibit devoted to legendary Californians, for Alta print (online version forthcoming).

The third episode of Rachel Levin’s new San Francisco Chronicle column —“The Usual”— connects friendship, luck, giant sandwiches, and the Giants’ beloved mascot, Lou Seal.

In a print story for VICEMelissa Pandika writes about a new vanguard of female pastors creating space for queer Christians. 

Eight Asian Pacific American writers respond to the writing prompt “SIGN” in a special folio in Jellyfish Review, curated and introduced by Grace Loh Prasad.

Jill Robinson interviewed James Beard award-winning writer Michael W. Twitty about Southern food and trauma tourism for The Statesider.

What chases you? A missing childhood friend haunts Ethel Rohan’s protagonist in “Everywhere She Went,” a short story for The Irish Times.

Do animals feel existential dread? Irving Ruan humorously imagines animals ruminating on the human condition, for The New Yorker.

Published in ZyzzyvaJesus Francisco Sierra, in conversation with Cristina Garcia, explores what it means to be a Cuban-American writer, her prolific career and how the current political climate might influence Cuban-American Literature. 

Aline Soules‘s poem “Bullfrogs” was published in the anthology Loon Magic and Other Night Sounds, Chicago, Outrider Press, 2019.

Westways sent travel writer Lavinia Spalding back to Busan, South Korea, seventeen years after she left, to take a crash course in all things Korean, from cooking to taekwondo. 

What’s the best notebook for jotting down your dreams, story ideas, and dialogue snippets? The Strategist consulted dozens of experts, including Elizabeth Stix, to create a list of 100 Best Notebooks and Notepads.

Bonnie Tsui follows the Diving Girl and jumps into the history of American swimwear, for The New York Times.

September 27 marked one year since Christine Blasey Ford testified at now-Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. Stephanie Wildman reflects.

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