Summer Adventures in Reporting

I am very fortunate to have met some amazing Minnesotans and report their stories this summer.



I made some new alpaca friends!


The new owners of one of my favorite local eateries were a lot of fun to chat with on a sunny day. And, who doesn’t love a little local wine (Chankaska Creek Winery, below).



Publication and update

I am pleased to announce that one of my memoir stories was chosen for publication by Hippocampus Magazine. You can check it out here. Please like and share. 🙂Aaron-Gilson


STORY IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr Creative Commons/Aaron Gilson

Unexpected Kindness Lesson

Here is my article on a very special person whom I’ve never met.


(Photo by Dean Riggott)

Summer Classes

I am honored to announce that I will be teaching two classes at Crossings on June 6. One is an intro to memoir, and the other is all about rewriting. If you sign up for both you get a deal! Register now and get writing! See the Crossings website for all of the details on upcoming events and classes at this wonderful space. They are blooming up a storm this summer!


Ahh, Summer Break…

I have just completed my first full year as an adjunct English instructor. Hence, the absence here. Now that I’ve got this year under my belt though, I plan to use this summer to unleash a bunch of creative writing of my own into the world. Wish me luck. More updates to come!


Busy Bee

RTAdGe8TLThere is nothing I hate more than when a friend tells me they were “too busy” to talk to me. But my friends, I have been infected with the busy bee bug over the last months. My life has been full of grading, teaching and writing.

This busy bee will stay in contact very soon with some major writing updates after I close the grade book. Until then buzzing onward!




Blog-aroo and a book for you!

I’ve been busy working on a new blog. It will launch in October. In the meantime, I’ve been peddling my chapbooks around town. If you don’t already have a copy you can pick one up here or get the ebook version here in Canada and here in the US of A. Or, if you are old-fashioned like me, you can pick up a copy at Crossings Art Center, Monkey See Monkey Read or SubText Books.



Readings and more!

Salutations Internet!

I have been very busy teaching and preparing to teach in the past few months. However, I am excited to say that I am going to read at a couple of stellar places in the near future.


Venue #1: SubText Books in St. Paul

The reading will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is part of their Local Author Day. I am excited to rub books or elbows with the fabulous local literati lineup.


Venue #2: Red Bird Chapbooks Picnic

Red Bird is the publisher of my chapbook and I am very excited to read at their annual event in Como Park which begins at 6 p.m.

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Catching up

It’s been awhile. Well honestly, it’s been a whirlwind. I am finishing a manuscript, working full-time and still finding time to laugh at myself. But here are a few writerly things I have in the works.

This weekend I will be participating in the Cracked Walnut reading series.

And, I will be teaching a memoir writing workshop class at the Northfield Public Library through the generous support of a legacy grant. Read more about it here. I am delighted to say that the class has already been filled up with students.

As I am planning the materials for the course, I have come across a quote that I enjoy in regards to writing memoir and I’ll leave it with you.

“Don’t rummage around in your past—or your family’s past—to find episodes that you think are “important” enough to be worthy of including in your memoir. Look for small self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. If you still remember them it’s because they contain a universal truth that your readers will recognize from their own life.”

-William Zinsser



Restaurant review

Hello Internet!

I’m excited to announce that Sleet Magazine has posted it’s brand new section, Sleet Eats. And I’m even more excited that they asked me to write a review for it. You can find the review here I hope you find it delicious. A girl could get used to eating things and writing about them…