I (still) love New York


Had a great time last week in NYC. Especially at Mellow Pages Library. Feel sad it wasn’t there when I lived in Bushwick, but feeling happy it’s there now. We had a small, impromptu, group reading, and it was awesome. I read a new essay “Women I Have Loved.” It’s unpublished.

Sums up @chloesimonne reading at her secret reading

The reading at Housing Works Bookstore was so much fun.  The website Last Night’s Reading drew the below pic of me, quoting my essay about NYC. You can buy it on Etsy, which is weird.

Oh–and I spent a lil time with The Rumpus people: Stephen Elliott and Isaac Fitzgerald. I know Isaac isn’t the managing editor anymore, but in my mind he is. He was the first person to accept my essays, like this one.  Also, he recently got “attacked” in the NYT, so we had a good laugh over that. I love that they both live in Brooklyn now.

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I’m reading at Book Court on January 20th for the anthology True Tales of Lust and Love. Join me on that dark cold night! Pre-order the anthology here. 

Monday, January 20, 2014: True Tales of Lust and Love anthology reading/signing with Chloe CaldwellIris Smyles and Sacha Z. Scoblic, Book Court, 163 Court St, Brooklyn, NY, 7 pm EST

There’s still room in my online Personal Essay Class, which begins January 23rd.  Put it on your xmas list, or buy it for someone else! The class is going to be amazing, if I do say so myself.

Hope you’re having a magical winter so far.



The Long Goodbye


Really excited to have my essay quoted in this New York Times article, The Long Goodbye, published yesterday by Alex Smith.

“In my early twenties, I felt that my life could be one big experiment, and in my mid-twenties I am coming to terms with the fact that no, my life is actually my life,” wrote Chloe Caldwell in her anthology entry, “Leaving My Groovy Lifestyle.”

In putting it so, Ms. Caldwell echoed Ms. Didion’s description of how she rationalized the move that she and her husband made to Los Angeles (they returned to New York in the 1980s): “I talk about how difficult it would be for us to ‘afford’ to live in New York right now, about how much ‘space’ we need. All I mean is that I was very young in New York, and that at some point the golden rhythm was broken, and I am not that young anymore.”


Remember: Join us at Housing Works Bookstore on December 2nd for a reading from the Goodbye To All That anthology. Readers include Mike Albo, Emily Gould, Alexander Chee, Elissa Bassist, Anna Holmes, Choire Sicha, Jon-Jon Goulian, Michelle Dean, Isaac Fitzgerald, and myself.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?


I’l be reading  December 2nd at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC for the Goodbye To All That anthology.

Editor of GTAT, Sari Bottn, at The Strand in NYC

Editor of GTAT, Sari Bottn, at The Strand in NYC

Vol 1 Brooklyn is putting on the event, and here’s was they say:

There is always that push and pull when it comes to living in New York: you love it, but you could probably do without the high rent, weird people, garbage, crazy cab drivers, loud noises pumping out from the streets at all hours of the day, and all the other random distractions that come with life as a New Yorker. Reading the essay collection Goodbye to All That really gives you a sense of the intense love/hate relationship most people have with living in New York and the conflicted feelings they might have about leaving no matter how much they love it, or how much they detest it.

Readers include:  Mike Albo, Emily Gould, Alexander Chee, Chloe Caldwell, Anna Holmes, Choire Sicha, Jon-Jon Goulian, Michelle Dean, Elissa Bassist, and Isaac Fitzgerald. 

The event is free and starts at 7 pm. RSVP at Facebook.

Please come say hi to me!! Super excited to read with this lineup. It will also be my first trip to the city in over a year.



Buy the book here. It’s in it’s third printing!


Home to NY



I’ll be moving back to New York in a couple of weeks. My friend Eliza made me this CD.  I’m obsessed with Beach House right now. We’ve been having vino and vinyl nights. These nights are computer and phone free, and we blast Beach House on the record player, drink and talk until the wee hours.

Two readings coming up this winter in NYC: one at Housing Works Bookstore and one at Book Court in Brooklyn. Details to come.

I’ve been working with writers  on their personal essays, and in the past month the peeps I’ve been working with have placed their essays in Salon.com, The Nervous Breakdown, and The Rumpus. Please email me (cocomonet@gmail.com) if you’re interested in polishing something up and getting it published!

I will also be teaching some online creative nonfiction and personal essay classes this winter and spring,–please email me if you’d like more information on that.

See you soon, New York!


the day walt disney died.

Milcah & I at Irvington Park

Milcah & I at Irvington Park with Sean H Doyle’s story.

My friend Sean H Doyle has been killin it lately.  He published his story The Day Walt Disney Died so you can have it in your very own hands. Then he writes this:  Is It My Body? Sean and I have been close for many years and his words and presence in my life have done me good.

Just finished the book Eleanor & Park. So so sweet.  Next I am reading Say Her Name. Oh–and I have a galley of The Last Days of California by Mary Miller.  I saw the movie Cutie & The Boxer last week and it was pretty fascinating.

This weekend in Portland is WORDSTOCK. I’ll be there for a bit on Saturday. See you there?


what’s up with me


In a couple of weeks I will be on a resort in  Jamaica with writers Elizabeth Ellen, Chelsea Martin, Amy Butcher and Amanda Goldblatt. Cant. Wait.

Been going to a lot of films and renting others:  A Teacher, Afternoon Delight, Somewhere, In A World,  Spectacular Now, Frances Ha, Touchy Feely and Squid and The Whale.

Recently read: GIVE ME EVERYTHING YOU HAVE: On Being Stalked by James Lasdun. Blue Is The Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, Written on The Body by Jeanette Winterson and am just finishing up This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.

Here’s a photo from this weekend after too much wine and chipotle hummus.

my best girl friends in Portland

my best girl friends in Portland