First, my memoir, Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story, recently hit No. 20 on the New York Times bestseller list! This has been a huge dream of mine and I’m excited –and trying to remember to really embrace the moment rather think about the next goals on my Hippie Boy bucket list. I was also recently notified that I’ve been awarded a 4Culture artist grant to work on my next book, Determined to See — a memoir about my yearlong quest to heal my eyesight from Retinitis Pigmentosa. I’ve been blogging about my journey at www.determinedtosee.com On top of that, our new teen story collection, You’ve Got It All Wrong, has launched on Amazon. I’m so proud of the teen authors involved and of this program in general (see weareabsolutelynotokay.org for more info). And finally, I was recently honored by the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers with a Paul Harris Award — the Rotary’s highest award — for my work with the teen authors I will treasure that award forever.
Listen to a Story from Hippie Boy on NPR’s Snap Judgment!
Teen Mentoring/Publishing Program
I recently partnered with High School English Teacher Marjie Bowker to help her students claim their power by writing and publishing their stories in a powerful story collection titled We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories by Teenagers Who Are Picking up the Pieces. If you are wondering about the healing power of personal storytelling, watch this interview with three of the teen authors on New Day Northwest.