Here’s a quickie interview that accompanies the CL piece. Admittedly, because I am green and a nobody, it was bizarre to have someone asking me questions about writing when I still have so many of my own. I did learn that CL received around 200 submissions to the contest this year, so wow. I feel especially lucky, considering the quality of the other stories that won this year.
About 150 showed up to the reading and pictures of the reading are here. Held at Eyedrum, a great non-profit art space, we had the added benefit of burlesque dancers that performed between the readings. These ladies knew what they were doing, what with their rhythmic shaking of various body parts and suggestive prop choices (and the delicate use of those chosen props).
The evening went well, though I don’t recommend shotgunning a Yuengling to overcome one’s nerves (cotton mouth and a sloshy tummy). One dancer had a peek-a-boo moment when her flower pasty became dislodged, but she accepted it with grace and humor. The crowd responded with good cheer and the community came together as one.
We should all take a lesson from her.