Sunday, December 5, 2021

There's No Place, a Novella by Erin Pringle (Part 1, 2, and 3)

This month, I spent three Sundays reading aloud from my new novella, There's No Place, which I had also printed a limited number of and sold because I love this story, and it will be a long while before it appears in a published story collection (and likely as the last story and, therefore, the least likely to be read by even those who do buy the book it comes in). So, here is the whole novella, read aloud in sections--from beginning to end. Please enjoy. 

It takes place during the first year of the pandemic, on Christmas Eve, in the rural Midwest.


Part I of There's No Place (hour one) 

Part II of There's No Place (second hour of reading)

Part III. of There's No Place (~45 minutes)

There's No Place, a novella (cover)


Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (December 5, 2021)

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee is a weekly series in which I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. Enjoy!

Poems read:
  • Halfway by Daniel Halpern
  • Poem of a Houseboat Stranded in a Field by C.D. Wright
  • House Warming by Tina Mozelle Braziel
  • Winter Night Poem for Mary by Wendell Berry 
  • Intersection—Falcon Heights, Minnesota by Ann Tweedy

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Book Your Stocking with Sawyer Lovett

Book Your Stocking 2021

Book Your Stocking: December 5

May you find peace and solace in a quiet corner of a bookstore or library this season. To assist you with that, an avid reader gives one very good idea for a title to search for and stuff your stocking with (or the sock of a person you like and whose sock you have access to).

Please welcome today's reader, joining the series for the first time, Sawyer Lovett. 


Why: As close to a perfect work of trans lit as I’ve seen yet, Peters hits so many relatable conversational landmarks between trans people (and between women, and between people trying to decide on the shape of family) with stingingly beautiful prose and effortless craft. 


About today's reader: 

Sawyer Lovett is an adjunct professor at UArts in Philadelphia, a zinester, a dog dad, and a real mess most days.
Sawyer Lovett

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Book Your Stocking with Ismael Gรณmez

Book Your Stocking 2021

Book Your Stocking: December 4

This is the place to be for all ideas book- and stocking-related. See past good ideas here:

Today's avid reader joins us from Madrid, and it's his first time to join the series. Please give a warm welcome to Ismael.


Recommendation: Animal Wife by Lara Ehrlich

Why: I love how Lara Ehrlich uses the resources of the literary tradition of fairy tales to talk about women breaking the spells that pin them down.


About today's reader:

My name is Ismael Gรณmez, and I'm the founder of Ferragosto, an independent publishing house located in Spain.

Ismael Gรณmez

Friday, December 3, 2021

Book Your Stocking with Jack Kaulfus

Book Your Stocking 2021

Book Your Stocking: December 3

We're on a roll here. It's Day 3 of recommendations by avid readers. I hope you're writing these titles down so they're handy should you stumble into a bookstore on your way to the grocery or dentist or nowhere near books. Every day will bring another idea for your stocking or the stocking of someone you like quite a lot. See past recommendations here: 


Why: This apocalyptic story is beautiful, chilling, and absorbing. 


About today's reader:

Jack Kaulfus is the trans, nonbinary author of Tomorrow or Forever (Transgress Press, 2018). You can find more of their work at

Jack Kaulfus

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Book Your Stocking with Mallory Battista

Book Your Stocking 2021
 Book Your Stocking: December 2

Welcome back to Book Your Stocking, a somewhat-annual series in which avid readers recommend stocking stuffers for you and yours. Return each day through Christmas for new ideas. More stocking stuffer ideas here:


Recommendation: "Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World" Written and Illustrated by Pรฉnรฉlope Bagieu

Why: This is a wonderful collection of graphic stories about rebel women throughout history and around the world; I love the illustration style and the powerful tales of these inspiring women!


Mallory Battista
Mallory Battista is a visual artist and book lover in Spokane, and can be found at and on Instagram.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Book Your Stocking with Carol Pringle (My Mom)

Book Your Stocking: December 1

Book Your Stocking 2021
I'm happy to announce that Book Your Stocking has returned this year after a two-year hiatus. You'd think there'd been a pandemic or something. Thanks for finding your way back or for the first time. Welcome, welcome! This year, the series will run something like a Readers' Advent. Each day, an avid reader will recommend a book, poem, song, etcetera that they believe you need in your life--or at least your stocking. If you miss a day, you can find them all here:


Recommendation: The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin

Why: Love the story of redemption of several lives linked-by-beekeeping.


About Today's Reader: Carol Pringle, retired teacher (and my mom)
Carol Pringle

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (11/28/21)

Welcome to this week's session of Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee, where I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee.


Poems read:

  • Mama Said Nothing Good by Tina Mozelle Braziel 
  • Trailer Fish by Tina Mozelle Braziel
  • Fiddler’s Song by George Mackay Brown
  • Song of the Stone by George Mackay Brown
  • Playing House by Jack Gilbert
  • My Whole Life I Was Trained to Deny Myself by Eugenia Leigh

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

There's No Place: New Novella by Erin Pringle

 There’s No Place, 

A Pandemic Christmas Story 

There’s No Place is a novella bound for my next collection of stories, but without a press for the collection, I’d rather not wait years for you to read it when it seems important to read now.

So, I printed it up, sewed the cover, and voila! Now you can read it.

The story: Set in the rural Midwest, the story follows a queer daughter visiting her mother for the first time in several years, and the return rises the haunting memories that linger in such places at such times. And then two strangers come knocking on a snowy winter’s night.

  • $12 (includes gift-wrap and postage within the U.S.)
  • Let me know if you’d like a copy for yourself or a friend, and I’ll reply with details. Message me at erintpringle (at)


Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (November 21, 2021)

Welcome to Wake to Words, where I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. In this session, all the poems dwell within the human-shaped space of November. Enjoy!

Poems read:

  • November by Alice Finnegan
  • November by Billy Collins
  • November by Maggie Dietz
  • November by Jane Shore
  • November Leaves by Jack Turner

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