For the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing‘s Living Room Readings series, I read an excerpt from “Desiree the Destroyer,” a short story from Animal Wife (Red Hen Press), first published in StoryQuarterly.
In May, I went to the Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp at Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. There, women have been performing underwater as mermaids since 1947 (they performed for Elvis!). Throughout the decades, the show has expanded from a roadside attraction to a popular state park. Every summer, legendary sirens who performed decades ago host a camp for women who have always dreamed of swimming in a tail, in this spring.
I attended for research, for a novel I’m working on, but quickly fell in love with Weeki Wachee and the legendary mermaids, and realized that this was a pretty magical experience. The park’s kitsch is part of its magic–and boy, are these photos kitschy!
This weekend, I’ll be doing some novel research at the Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp in Weeki Wachee Springs. In preparation for learning underwater ballet, I have purchased a bathing suit. I have not, however, practiced swimming or opening my eyes underwater. If I do not return, I will have perished in service to my craft.
Author Michael Kardos chose “Burn Rubber” as a winner of the 2019 Parent-Writer Fellowship to attend the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing (MVICW)! The prize comes with full tuition and lodging at MVICW in June.
I am a writer, a mother, and a wife. I have a day job, and a fiction career. Balancing these endeavors is an ongoing struggle, but I find the energy to keep writing through my network of writers and the support of literary communities like MVICW. Attending conferences and workshops keeps me motivated, and helps me refine my work. MVICW empowers writers, validates our dreams, and helps us bring them to fruition. Awards like this one reinforce the message that committing to our craft is worthy of our time and energy. Thank you to Michael Kardos and MVICW!
I am beyond excited to publish my short story collection, Animal Wife, with Red Hen Press! I’ve been writing these stories for the last eight years, and it will be surreal to hold them in my hands, collected between two covers. Thank you to Ann Hood for selecting Animal Wife, and to Red Hen for championing it.