Were You Close? write up in Daily Hampshire Gazette, “Book Bag”

Pinkerton includes a moving chapter of how she and her mother, a year after David’s death, travel to the area of south central Colorado where he died to scatter his ashes, both of them reluctant at first to approach close to the site.

She also does a strong job examining the emotional toll his death took on her, especially in trying to understand the swings she would have between grief and anger when people asked her how she was doing — or if they didn’t ask.

“We, as a culture, are so inept about death and dying, loss and grief,” she writes. “Worrying over how to address a bereaved person can paralyze us with fear, so we avoid it at all costs.”

Big thanks to Steve Pfarrer for this sweet coverage in my local paper.

Were You Close? to be Published by Vine Leaves Press in 2023

I am ecstatic to have signed a contract with fabulous independent publisher Vine Leaves Press, which will release my first book on April 11, 2023! A memoir about navigating the loss of my beloved older brother, Were You Close? was a semi-finalist for the River Teeth book prize in 2019.

Were You Close? tells the story of a heroic big brother, his little sister, and a perplexing accident that drives her to explore his attraction to risk, their relationship to each other, and how to live in the world and their family without him.

The Pandemic Midlife Crisis: Gen X Women on the Brink Contributor

I am so honored to have an essay in this new anthology from The HerStories Project among thirty other midlife women who describe their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The book is scheduled to publish next month, but you can pre-order now! If you do it before July 15, you also get a ticket to an author reading and an e-book version for absolutely FREE (plus, you will make me look good).

Order the book here.

River Teeth Book Prize Semi-Finalist

I’m so thrilled that my memoir manuscript was a semi-finalist for the 2019 River Teeth book prize!

SELF Interview on Grief

What an honor to be interviewed for this important article in SELF: “What Happens When Your Grief Doesn’t Go Away?” by Patia Braithwaite in August 2019.

Writing Residency Recipient

I was delighted to be selected as a recipient of a Straw Dog Writers Guild Residency at Patchwork Farm Retreat in January 2019. It’s where I finished the first full draft of my memoir.

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