There were fourteen years before self’s first and second book.
The first was published by Calyx Press in Corvallis, OR.
The second was published by Miami University Press.
The third, The Lost Language, is only available in the Philippines.
The fourth is an e-book published by Vagabondage in Florida.
There’s also an anthology she co-edited for Calyx Press: Going Home to a Landscape.
Recently, she got an email from writer and teacher Susie Hara, who said she had liked the story “Rufino” in Mayor of the Roses.
It was the last story to be included in the collection. She threw it in at the last minute.
Rufino was a real person.
Here’s an excerpt from the story:
Towards the end, he couldn’t wear any clothes. They had to cover him in banana leaves.
It was in July he died — I couldn’t believe it. A voice on the phone told me.
“Rufino died na.” It was my mother speaking. Naturally, she had to be the one to break the news.
I was staying in a friend’s house in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In the mornings, fog blanketed the hills. We heard the mournful mooing of invisible cows. One or another of us would look east, toward where we heard Neil Young had his ranch, wondering whether we’d catch a glimpse of his pink cadillac that day.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.