News and updates about publications, readings, classes, and anything else that might arise.










Postcards from Here reading -- Machias -- Thursday, February 25th 6 pm

Join me for the first-ever public reading of my first-ever book. Come to Porter Memorial Library. I’ll read from the book, answer questions, and we’ll all have some refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and I’ll have a signing pen with me. Join me!

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Mini-Reading Tour About to Launch!

Penny’s world tour commences! Ok….maybe not the whole world. She’ll read from Untangling the Knot on Thursday, May 14th in Cambridge, MA. The event is sponsored by the Cambridge LGBT Commission, and will be held at the Cambridge YWCA at 6:30 pm. Early the next morning, Penny’s hopping Amtrak and heading...Read More »

Postcards From Here -- The BOOK.

There’s a book coming in June 2016. Penny’s manuscript, Postcards from Here, has been accepted for publication and will be released by Vine Leaves Press. Stand by for further updates!!

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Two readings at AWP -- funnest thing ever.

Penny was so thrilled to be invited to take part in two readings at AWP15. One was for the Untangling the Knot Anthology, and the other was for the wonderful literary magazine Under the Gum Tree. Audiences of writers are gracious and wonderful. It was a terrific time. Thanks to...Read More »

Book signing for Untangling the Knot at AWP

Not only was the book signing for the powerful anthology, Untangling the Knot, a lot of fun in its own right, but Penny was lucky enough to sign one over to acclaimed, Pulitzer-nominated journalist Tommy Shea. Greatness is everywhere at AWP.

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AWP Panel on "Revising the Personal Essay" a Smash Hit

Penny took the podium with Sven Birkerts (pictured), Sarah Einstein, and Alexis Paige in Minneapolis to talk about revising personal essays. The crowd loved it, and so did the panelists.

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Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationship, and Identity

My essay, Six-Point Win, which first appeared in Under the Gum Tree, is now a part of this anthology. I’m thrilled to be among these other, strong voices on this important set of issues. You can order the book from amazon, or directly from Read More »

Reading at Local Buzz Cafe in Cape Elizabeth


Join me in Cape Elizabeth on March 28, where I’ll be reading with Bill Roorbach and David Sloane. We’re on from 4 – 5 pm. Some pre-dinner literature down south! 

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Dumped: Women Unfriending Women is available.

My essay, Snowball’s Chance, appears in this great anthology along with other funny, sad, amazingly written stories of how women’s friendships end. You can order a copy on amazon, or directly from She Writes Press.

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American Gardener is Out!

Penny’s review of Tammi Hartung’s book The Wildlife Friendly Vegetable Gardener is on the stands in the new issue of American Gardener, the publication of the American Horticultural Society. It’s a beautiful, glossy, full-color magazine.

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Postcards From Here is a Quarter Finalist!

I don’t know what a quarter finalist is — I looked it up, and it seems to be a sports thing. But the gist is that I entered my book-length manuscript, Postcards From Here, into the 2014 Vignette Collection Award at Vine Leaves...Read More »

River Teeth with Penny's essay now available for Kindle

Penny’s essay “I Have This Part Right” is appearing in the current issue of River Teeth: The Journal of Narrative Nonfiction. The print issue is due out any time now, but if you can’t wait, you can order a kindle version from right...Read More »

Reading at the Eastport Arts Center -- 7 pm, December 7th


I’ll be reading selections from my work-in-progress, Postcards From Here, tonight as part of the Eastport Arts Center’s holiday variety show, “Christmas Comes.” Someone will fire up that massive pipe organ, there will be singing, and there will be other great performances. I’m very excited to be part of the...Read More »

Dates announced for Writing Memoir and Personal Essay class


I’ll be teaching a course in Writing Memoir and Personal Essay beginning on Wednesday, April 2nd and running for eight weeks. The class will meet Wednesdays from 4 – 6 pm in Machias. (Detailed information about location to be announced.) The course is being offered through Sunrise Senior College....Read More »

Sneak Preview: Review in American Gardener Coming Up!

I’ve been asked by the American Horticultural Society to review a new title (not yet released!) for the March/April 2014 issue of their magazine
American Gardener. It’s a beautiful publication, and I’m honored to know that I’ll appear in its glossy pages next year. 

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Penny Interviewed by Under The Gum Tree

Many thanks to the fine people at Under The Gum Tree magazine for featuring me in their “Meet the Author” section. You can read the interview and find out why I think second drafts are “the worst” right here.

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Penny's Return to Teaching

I’m having a wonderful time teaching fiction writing to the students in the Cobscook Community High School Program at the CCLC. The students have all taught me a thing or two about what language can do in the hands of people who don’t overthink this stuff. It’s refreshing. I’m...Read More »

How Not To Be Sexist

I’m a blogger! Sort of. Ok, not really. Author Sheila Boneham offered me a guest spot on her weekly blog. Sheila is using her cyber-pad this October as a place for discussion and insights about domestic violence, and guest bloggers are weighing in mightily. I met Sheila’s offer with...Read More »

Penny to Give Worldwide Reading in November

The California-based lit magazine Under the Gum Tree just released their latest issue, which marks their two-year anniversary! Congrats to Editor and Publisher Janna Marlies Maron and her great team. In celebration, the magazine is hosting a reading and party on November 15 at 6 pm PST/ 9...Read More »