I have been waking up and feeling in love and thought the feeling was strange because I am not in love in the romantic, partnership sense. Maybe it is a premonition that love is incoming or maybe I am in love in the cosmic sense.
Death and dying can be an opening. You have the potential to touch into your relationship with your own mortality in a profound, perhaps visceral, and potentially transformative way. In winter, my grandmother and my father died within in two weeks of each other and now, in spring, I wake up feeling in love. Feeling in love could be a note of gratitude for this aliveness.
NEW WRITING: Fall
The rocks in the water shine like silver, and in the middle of the creek, a tree glows yellow. I balance on the rocks until I am standing beside the tree. I hold my breath and reach out my hand. My fingers touch a large yellow leaf and I believe that I am touching my father’s death.
I wrote a haunting essay about nature and grief that Amy Fusselman published on her online literary magazine. You can read it here: Fall by Zoe Ruiz
NEW READINGS: April and May
Natashia said that I am generous because I am organizing an event for her reading series on my birthday, but I do not experience myself as being generous. My line of thinking is simple: Why not use the day I was born for something that betters my community, especially when my community makes my life better.
It is going to be a fun night. Please come and support a great cause.
May 26, 2016
I will promote May’s reading in late April but SAVE THIS DATE because the line-up is amazing. The entire night will be fun and sexy. I promise you and I do not make promise I cannot keep.
Shipwreck in LA: Wednesday March 30
Shipwreck is a monthly show that takes place in San Francisco but it is going to be in LA for AWP. So I am going to write erotic Sherlock fan fiction. What is not to like about sexy Sherlock stories? You can buy tickets here.
AWP: Phoneme/Unnamed Booth, March 31-April 2
I will be at the Phoneme Media booth during the book fair. Stop by and say hi and I will tell you about this nonprofit indie press based in Los Angeles. I will also be at Unnamed’s offsite event: Free Drinks & No Readings.
17 Television & Future Tense Books Present: DOWN N SOUND L.A.
I will read new work at Redwood Bar in downtown LA with Kevin Sampsell, Meredith Alling, Justin Maurer, and Juliet Escoria. More info here.
All Lit Up: Thursday April 7
I will read more new material at this reading series that takes place at Chevalier’s Bookstore. More information on the series and entire line-up here.
-Viet Thanh Nguyen hired me to edit Nothing Ever Dies, which comes out from Harvard University Press this April.
-I am the publicity editor for Phoneme Media and publicist for Writ Large Press. I am also looking for more publishing work and editing gigs. #LitHustle
-I plan to have the first draft of my first book by April 23, 2017. I will be thirty-three years old.