Sidle Creek is the debut story collection by Jolene McIlwain. Although I’m still working on a full-blown critique, I can already say that the book blew me away.
It’s not that the clock lags by an hour or so. That would be forgivable for such an old lady. It’s that every time she looks at it, the time is different.
In August 2023, I was a writer in residence at the Toji Cultural Center in Wonju, South-Korea, an hour southeast by train from Seoul.
In preparation for my stay at the Toji Cultural Center, I dove into the diverse world of Korean literature in translation. From Han Kang to Pak Kyongni.
Who are we when our life doesn’t allow us to let anyone get close? It's the question that sparked my flash fiction "Five Forbidden Friends."
It’s official: I started a newsletter on Substack: Wander, Wonder, Write. I want to share what gives me awe, what makes me wonder, and what I learn from the people I meet along the way.
Lost Animal Identities: The first time I turned, I was seven years old. I sat on a hard mattress in my grandmother’s guest bedroom on the second floor with a man I truly liked, the clean-faced husband of my grandmother’s…