Collectively written by Ken Kesey, Robert Blucher, Ben Bochner, James Finley, Jeff Forester, Bennett Huffman, Lynn Jeffress, Neil Lidstrom, H. Highwater Powers, Jane Sather, Charles Varani, Meredith Wadley, Lidia Yuknavitch (aka Lidia Yukman), and Ken Zimmerman.

Requiescat in pace you beautiful creatures gone to the stars too soon, Ken, Bennett, and Lynn. Here’s a little Grateful Dead (provided to YouTube by Grateful Dead/Rhino): “Playing in the Band.”

Longform fiction

Military-family themed – A series of stories about military families set during the Vietnam War and following it, which focus on the experiences of the wives and daughters of air force pilots. I’m a military brat, and each story is set in place I’ve lived.

Runaway” / Collateral

Pepper’s Side of the Street” @ As You Were: The Military Review, Vol. 16

Mr. Allen’s Long Visit” / New World Writing

Departure” / Line of Advance – Prose by Military Family Member, 2022 Darron L. Wright Award

Crossing the Great Divide” / Line of Advance – Second Place for Prose by Military Family Member, 2021 Darron L. Wright Award

The Favorite Hour”/ Line of Advance – Third Place for Prose by Military Family Member, 2020 Darron L. Wright Award, anthologized in Our Best War Stories: Prize-winning Poetry & Prose from the Col. Darron L. Wright Memorial Awards, available at

Other stories set in Portugal, Switzerland, or the United States

“Five Are Catching a Flight in the Morning” forthcoming @ Subnivean

“Walking the Poem” forthcoming @ Five on the Fifth

“Wake” / upstreet thirteen (read “Wake”)

Blow” / Longleaf Review – nominated for a Pushcart Prize 2020

Blackbird Flies” / @ CafeLit

Kinderkare” / @ Adelaide Magazine

Figs” @ Fairlight Books

Snow” @ Litbreak Magazine

@ Glimmer Train: two Family Matters Honorable Mentions (as Meredith Suter): “Underwater” (published as “Wake” in upstreet thirteen) and “Mr. Allen’s Long Visit” (published in New World Writing)

Flash fiction

Idioms from around the world reimagined as flash fiction:

I’ve collected these along with unpublished pieces into a manuscript that I’m querying to publishers. It’s currently at circa 21.5k/120pp, and would be fabulous with illustrations. Should you wish to see the collection, contact me, please:

He’s Spent Many Years Turning Chickens (Portuguese: Ele já passou muitos anos a virar frangos)” / Lammergeier

Two International Idioms Reimagined as Fiction” / JMWW

  • I. We See Whose Mother Is Spinning Black Wool (Croatian: Da vidimo čija majka crnu vunu prede)”
  • II. To Have a Stick in One’s Ear (Danish: At Have en Pind i Øret)

Ten People, Ten Colors (Japanese: Juunin Toiro)” / Gone Lawn

Three Idioms Reimagined as Fiction” / Orca Lit

  • I. You Can Sharpen an Ax on top of his Head (Russian: Хоть кол на голове теши)
  • II. To Steal the German’s Pipe (Romanian: A Fura Luleaua Neamțului)
  • III. Go Bother Camões (Portuguese: Vai Chatear o Camões)

Three International Idioms Reimagined as Fiction, 3” / Lunate Fiction

  • I. Not in Front What Is Behind (Texasdeutsch: Nicht vorne wie hinten sein)
  • II. Single Grass, Single Dewdrop (Chinese: 一枝草,一點露)
  • III. To Get There by Four Paths (French: Y aller par quatre chemins)

“You Can Give it to the Rabbits (Swiss-German: Das chönnt Sie de Haase gäh)” / Flash Fiction Magazine

Two International Idioms Reimagined as Fiction” / Disquiet Arts

  • I. I See Black for You (German: Ich sehe Schwartz für Sie)
  • II. Heading for a Cliff

Outside as a Balcony (Italian: Fuori come un balcone),” & “Ride as a Hare (Russian: Ехать зайцем)”/ Bandit Fiction

Whoever Gets Burnt from the Porridge, Blows on the Yogurt, Too (Greek: όποιος καεί με το χυλό φυσά και το γιαούρτι)” / Fiction Kitchen Berlin

“Take Hold of the Hair (Spanish: Tomar el pelo)” / @ Fudoki Magazine

The Bells on Her Hem Are Ringing (Turkish: Etekleri zil çalıyor)” and “The Clever One Yields; the Donkey Stays Firm (Swiss-German: De Gschiider git nah, de Esel bliebt stah)” / @ Flash Boulevard

Go Bother Camões (Portuguese: Vai Chatear o Camões)” reprinted in Miramichi Flash

Lend an Ear” / @ Reflex Fiction

Other flash fiction pieces

No Brainer” / Bartleby Snopes

Agreement” & “I Saw You Today” / Mash Stories

Silent Streets” / INVICTUS

“Sands of Time” / The Dribble Drabble Review – a 50–word story

“Five Hours After Annie Leibovitz’s Portrait, John’s Shot Dead” forthcoming from The Dribble Drabble Review – a 50–word story

Creative nonfiction

“Selective Parenting” @ Keeping It Under Wraps: Parenthood, Uncensored, a themed anthology series that provides a safe space to change the narrative.

“Dog” forthcoming @Keeping It Under Wraps: Bodies, Uncensored, a themed anthology series that provides a safe space to change the narrative.


Our Best War Stories – “The Favorite Hour”

Keeping It Under Wraps: Parenthood Uncensored – “Selective Parenting”

Keeping It Under Wraps: Bodies Uncensored – “Dog”


Will Psilocybin Go Legal in Washington State?” @ The Brave New World of Psychedelic Medicine