klt: the blog

An essential writing lesson from the 2010s

In the past decade I got married, bought a house, bought my first car, lost my dream job, got a new dream job, published a bunch of short stories, and wrote even more. I learned a lot about life and writing. But without a doubt the most essential writing lesson I’ve taken from my first...

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Small Press Dispatch: I Am Not Famous Anymore by Erin Dorney

Small Press Dispatch is a new column for short reviews of books and literary magazines published by small, independent publishers. To submit a book or lit mag for review, please email me at klthomas [at] alumni.pitt.edu. Books will be accepted based on interest and availability. I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems after Shia LaBeouf So,...

New publications and new projects!

Things have been quiet around here for a while. The truth is I haven’t been writing much. And it’s been kind of great. The weather finally warmed up, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in my garden, taking my dog for long walks, and working on non-writing creative projects (sewing and my new...

Stay out of trouble? Not with Kelly Link’s raucous fiction!

When someone tells me to stay out of trouble, I invariably respond with, “Never.” Well behaved women seldom make history, after all. And that is one of the many reasons why I love Kelly Link’s 2015 short story collection, Get in Trouble. These nine stories are fantastically dark and brooding, but not so dark as...

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Miss Migraine: Believe black women’s pain

The Adventures of Miss Migraine is an ongoing column about my life with chronic migraine. A few weeks ago, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported a story about a black woman incarcerated in Pennsylvania who died after years of painful migraines. Kynesha Grant had been taking Topomax, which didn’t work. She requested a CT scan, but her...