Tonight I'm going to dinner with Ishmael Beah.
Okay, there will be about 15 other people there, too--but I might actually get to watch him eat from across the table.
Afterward, he's speaking on campus. (For more information, click here.)
I'll update my blog tomorrow to let you know what the event was like. And meeting him.
Just found out that my story, "Leaving the Baby," will appear in Queer Collection: Poetry and Prose 2008.
Here's the first paragraph of the story, a teaser (I hope):
The first time Michelle left the baby alone was unintentional. And brief. She’d forgotten about him for just a few minutes when she went outside to get the mail. Actually, not quite forgotten—but she experienced a moment when her body was her own. Her brain felt as squishy as Sammy’s soft spot, and the cold sun was blinding.