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2020 Update!

Recently, I joined several other writers of shared heritage for Can You Smell the Garlic? (My five-minute reading begins at 31:30, and I answer some questions at 58:12).

In early 2020, I was on retreat, translating a Québecois novel for Dagger Editions. I shared about it via this newsletter. More about this book here.

A big highlight of 2019 was being on stage with Queer Songbook Orchestra at Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival. I performed my piece about listening to David Bowie’s Changes as a kid and what it meant to me. I couldn’t hold back my emotions when the orchestra performed the Owen Pallet arrangement of the song afterward. I’ll never forget listening to Alex Samaras while I looked down at the very album cover I had held in my small hands.

Monmen with QSO

LammyFinalist_Small_Web_v22019 News  | On June 19th, I’m pleased to be joining Andrea Jenkins , Kai Cheng Thom , and Michael V. Smith in Danny Ramadan‘s A Night of Storytelling celebrating Queer and Trans voices in literature as part of Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival. MicroMacroCosm Literary Review  had much to say about What the Mouth Wants in their February audio review: “I see this as a totem for future generations of young, queer and alternative-minded souls searching for a path to find their way, a constant rectification of where we were and the future becoming…. For those of a more traditional leaning, it might be as hard to grapple with as an olive pit between shifting teeth but that is exactly why they should read it. If more people were to read What the Mouth Wants, the divide between traditional and alternative would fade a little more, distend and dissipate like the memories of hardships which fade after a family meal filled with moments of reconciliation and appreciation.”

June 2018  | Italian Heritage Month and Pride season– Lots to celebrate!

May 2018 |What the Mouth Wants is a contender for a 6th Annual Bisexual Book Award in the memoir category.

March 2018 |What the Mouth Wants is among three finalists for Lambda Literary’s 30th Annual Award for Bisexual Nonfiction

February 2018 |What the Mouth Wants made the 2018 Recommended Book List chosen by the Over the Rainbow committee of American Library Association‘s GLBT Round Table.

Anthology Launch for BC Bestseller Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Marriage (Caitlin Press) on Wednesday, February 28 7-9 p.m. at The Heatley.

January 2018 |CBC Books listed What the Mouth Wants as a must-read of 2017. Co-founder of Queer Arts Festival Vancouver tweeted:  “A delicious, sensual, divinely transgressive love story.”

December 2017 |Review of What the Mouth Wants in the Edmonton Journal by Food Columnist and Blogger Liane Faulder: “…deeply erotic, and decidedly queer.” Casey the Lesbrarian recommended What the Mouth Wants in an Autostraddle column, saying, “Above all else, this memoir by bi poly writer Monica Meneghetti will make you hungry.” Sensing the author as being a “hiking and digging in the dirt kind of femme.”, the Lesbrarian has me pegged! Other great books recommended 8 Soft Femme Memoirs for Your Femme but not too Femmey Needs.

November 2017 |My life is very full with teaching 1001 Ways to Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction at Langara, working on client manuscript evaluations, and crafting a series of personal essays. Some highlights:

October 2017 | Island Sexual Health selected What the Mouth Wants for its Sex-Positive Book Club.  I’ll be in Victoria to discuss my book with readers on October 1. Sex Pos Book Club

September 2017 | More deliciously sexy literary sampling from my memoir resumed this fall.

Whew! It’s been a busy! Here’s a little about what I was up to before summer swept me away

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1st Tuesdays of the month | Writing  Queewritica is on hiatus as I focus on the release and launch of my memoir. I’ll announce here and on Facebook when we resume. I’m grateful for the support of the Pride in Art Society of Vancouver and the Roundhouse Community Centre in this venture. Write libido’s continuum with us at the Roundhouse on the first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9:30pm.

cover art by Sheryl McDougald