3rd Sundays at The Hearthside Readers and Writers Series

Let me say first – I absolutely adore spending my Sunday afternoons at Fiddler’s Hearth for The Hearthside Readers and Writers Series. I only wish that the Series took place every Sunday, rather than the third Sunday of every month.

Yesterday, I took a leap.

When Clayton introduced me as “a poet who is always a pleasure,” I swelled with the usual vein of recognition and excitement to be a part of this. . .well, family. . .and, this time, felt the twinge of nervous anticipation.

I was going to read a sort of fiction.

Th-is hybrid of mine. . . I’m gonna let it shine. . .


[insert some creepy Stephen King ism here?]


I approached the front, skin shaking, with these printed copies in my hands:

“Unlike This Bed of Soft Tendrils” (on other blog)
“‘And in the Morning, There is Wind.’”
“She dreamt best with her pillow turned inside-out, the forced white moon.”
“Then the woman says to the [GIRL], ‘You’re next,’ when the script says [THERAPIST].”
“Read This Once You Need to Know More About the [GIRL].”
An Untitled Piece, as of yet (not posted here yet)

Let’s just say…I fell in love with my characters in the moment that I read the pieces of story out loud. Something about all the pieces flowed together – surely in a way I understood better than my listeners, since I started filing in more blanks – just worked for me…

I have a feeling that something beautiful is going to happen with all this, as October and November progress.


About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in Indiana, where she works as a virtual assistant, editor, and freelance writer via her self-started business, MLT Creative. She received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Third Coast. She previously completed her B.S. in Secondary English Education and B.A. in English, with a Concentration in Writing, at Indiana University South Bend, where she worked as the Managing Editor for 42 Miles Press. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Encore Magazine, Thank You for Swallowing, The Spooklet, Sleet Magazine, and Analecta, among others; and her book reviews and essays have appeared on The Rumpus and Motherly. When not writing, she enjoys art and music, and the simple mathematics of being a wife of one, a mama of two, and a cat-mom of three. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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