Sugar is an anonymous name for a woman that writes for The Rumpus. I’ve been reading her columns for two years now and she’s easily one of my favorite writers, as she stands for everything I believe in about writing. In September, Sugar did an interview with Colleen Wainwright. The last question asks Sugar what writers she is reading. Sugar says:
Chloe Caldwell’s essays, which I’ve read online, one on the tiny screen of my phone just because it was too good to stop reading. Caldwell’s first book—a collection of her essays—will be out from Future Tense Books next year and I’m terribly excited to read it. She’s young. She’s talented. She’s not even halfway to where she’s going yet, but she’s got it in her to go. Her prose has a reckless beauty that feels to me like magic.
I wrote an essay as a thank you note to Sugar for saying those things above that made me cry. It’s about my experiences with her columns. It’s published on The Rumpus and it’s called, Behind The Scenes of a Regular Sugar Reader. I hope you enjoy it.
If you live in California, will you go to this for me?
If you live in Seattle, will you come to my reading at the Richard Hugo House?
If you live in Portland, will you come to my reading for Smalldoggies at The Blue Monk?
If you live in upstate New York, will you come to the Hudson River Loft Reading? That would be fun. It would be wonderful to see you.
Oh! We’ve started talking about book covers for Legs Get Led Astray. Here’s the “before” picture. Bryan Coffelt’s (the talented one who will be designing my book cover) cat is sleeping on the manuscript.
But there is a book cover in the works. Give it three weeks. I’m terrified and excited in equal parts.