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Author Archives: Karen Palmer

Just Another Fish

Usually, when I come to Colorado for the Grand Lake Writers’ Retreat, I fly. But this year my husband is traveling with me, and we decided to drive, to make … Continue reading

July 9, 2012 · 4 Comments

Festivus for the rest of us

Well, who knows what’s going on in this photograph. I wanted an image with children playing, one girl standing outside the circle staring longingly at the others. But this picture … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 7 Comments

If I were less presentable, my poll numbers might improve

We (collectively, not imperially) are about a third of the way through the challenge I threw out on March 26 to complete a draft of whatever it is you’re working … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 10 Comments

Heart in Hand

Many years ago, I gave a reading at the Tattered Cover for my first novel All Saints. I talked a bit about the research I’d done for the book, how … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · 20 Comments

Letter from L.A: “That’s so random.”

This morning, digging through a drawer in my desk, I found a note scribbled on the back of an unfamiliar business card. The card belongs to woman named Dyan deNapoli, … Continue reading

July 3, 2011 · 6 Comments

Letter from San Rafael, California: All work and no play …

When I took myself off to The MacDowell Colony last November (is there no end to how many posts I can work that into?), the goal was to devote myself … Continue reading

April 17, 2011 · 3 Comments

The Answer is Love

I want to point you all to another interesting essay up at The Awl. This one, “Being Female” by Eileen Myles, is a very personal response to the recent flap … Continue reading

February 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

Letter from L.A.: “It’s Chinatown.”

I’m a writer.” [slap] “I’m an editor.” [slap] “A writer, an editor.” [slap, slap] “I said I want the truth!” “I’m a writer and an editor. My book and I … Continue reading

February 11, 2011 · 5 Comments

Letter from L.A.: Read it again, Sam.

I recently reread Kem Nunn’s The Dogs of Winter. This might be my sixth time through the novel; I don’t know, I’ve lost track. Nunn, as some (all?) of you … Continue reading

January 13, 2011 · 3 Comments

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