Cover artwork for Words Words Words, compiled works.
Rachel Lawson walks through the main terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, looking for a familiar face. She received a call from a colleague, Rhiannon Worthy, a few days ago, looking for a caregiver to assist her sister Rosalind, who’s dealing with end stage cancer. Rosalind has a teenaged daughter and Rhiannon stated a preference for … Continue reading Worthy Pursuit, Rachel Lawson
It’s rare that a lab assistant gets to hand pick her successor, but if she has any say in the matter, Esther Gershon plans to do just that. She already knows the perfect candidate to take her place, working for the extremely demanding Rosalind Duchard (nee Worthy). Esther has been Rosalind’s right hand for much … Continue reading Worthy, Esther Gershon
When Genevieve arrives at the address in East Atlanta on the card Roscoe gave her, she is met at the door by the thinnest person she’s ever laid eyes on, a woman who appears to be late-twenties to mid-thirties. She’s several inches taller than Genevieve, and can’t weigh more than a hundred pounds soaking wet. … Continue reading The Pupil: Genevieve & Aileen
Genevieve Duchard stands before the door labeled “L. J. Walker Security Consultants, LLC” hesitant to go further. From Abby’s reconnaissance the day before, she knows only one person is likely to be inside, but that person is certain to be formidable. Genevieve takes in a deep breath, and, as she lets it out, she pushes … Continue reading Worthy, Genevieve & Leah
14 November 2019, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia.
Above, 2009 Decatur Beer Fest, somewhere in the neighborhood of three hundred fifteen pounds (photographer unknown). My weight has been a consistent concern for most of my life. I have a rather large bone structure and what can probably be described as a barrel chest, so I’ve always been able to get away with carrying … Continue reading Losing It
Mother Avis Collins stands before a packed sanctuary at her church and welcomes the faithful. “Good morning!” she says and is greeted by a chorus of replies. “Today is the day the Lord has made. I welcome you all to fellowship with us. I’d like to ask all the home folk to rise and visitors … Continue reading Woman of God, Avis
Rhiannon Worthy pauses outside the waterfront building with the words, “Seattle Art Institute” in raised letters on its outside wall. Rosie, what’s this all about? She goes to the glass doors, takes a deep breath, and enters. Inside is a wide-open lobby, the walls of which are lined with artwork. A directory guides visitors to … Continue reading Worthy, The Gallery
I'm collecting all my essays and non-universe stories into a single collection, due out the first of next year. Here's my current cover conception.