Freya and daddy Yukon

Can you tell these two apart? Freya is on the left, and her daddy, Yukon, is on the right. She hasn't seen her daddy since I brought her home six years ago. My friend Sharon and her Newfie Fogo, Freya, and I are plotting a trip to Embarrass, MN to see Yukon and Lisa...

Is it SPRING!?

Is it SPRING!?

It's SPRING! Or at least, in Minnesota, it feels like spring. We've had two days of mornings that are above freezing, after weeks of sub-zero or near-zero mornings. This is heaven. What does that mean? I get to put away the trainer for the most part, and ride outside!...

The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil

This novel in verse by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award Winner Shane W. Evans, is in some ways a Sudanese version of Out of the Dust by Karen Hess. The parallels are numerous: loss so great it's unbearable, including the loss of a beloved...

Joseph Mbele visits South Central College

Joseph Mbele visits South Central College

Today, Joseph Mbele spoke to seventy-eight people in the Conference Center at South Central College. He talked about the concepts in his book, Africans and Americans: Embracing Cultural Differences and  about the challenges writing about Africans and Americans in a...

The spring term is in full swing. It feels as if we've just started, but we have completed six weeks! In spite of how much work it is to teach, time flies. I was so good at blogging a few times a week during sabbatical. Not so now, elbow-deep in papers to read and...

I call myself an author thanks to George Nicholson.

I call myself an author thanks to George Nicholson.

My long-time agent George Nicholson has died. George Nicholson was my agent for the last thirteen years. I parted ways with him in November because I felt a sort of panic, that he wasn't moving fast enough on my recent manuscript. I knew this was due largely to his...

The Latest News

GREAT NEWS!

My novel Slider’s Son has been published by North Star Press! Get it here.

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Steph Borklund has completed the short film based on my novel Chasing AllieCat! It’s being submitted to film festivals and contests. Stay tuned for news!

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