We thought this would be a good time to focus on friend of the chickens, Naomi Ulsted, since she has a brand new website and author page Naomi specializes in young adult fiction, memoir, and also writes screenplays. She is a master of writing about late teen/early twenties giddiness and angst. Her writing lends grace and humor to one of the most difficult and occasionally magical learning periods in human development. Her work sparks memory and acceptance, a look back through the hard times to find growth and beauty.
Now you can keep up with all her publications, works in progress, book reviews, and author interviews or contact her if you would like to learn more about one of her works in progress or chat with her about teaching or speaking engagements.
I highly recommend working through this list of her publications. One of my favorites is That Time I Tried to Be a Stripper but Pepper-Sprayed Myself in the Face. It showcases Naomi's flair for humor and her ability to tell a story. Do not - I repeat - do not try reading this while you're supposed to be in a meeting. Also, don't ask me how I came by this advice.
We were very excited to have Naomi write a piece for us not long ago as well. Glamour shots is a delightfully funny and poignant memory of taking her younger sisters for photos at the mall, back when hair was high and glamour was cheap. The hilarious, tender memories had me laughing but deeply moved.
You can find Naomi's full bio and a list of her awards and accomplishments here. But please, do yourself a favor and go spend some time with this warm and funny writer!
Naomi Ulsted writes memoir and young adult fiction. Her work has been published in The New Guard, Mud Season Review and The Forge, among other journals. She lives in Utah with her husband and two boys.