Recent Work and Sundry Updates

—-My newest Washington Post essay, Oct 6, 2019, this one on how purported medical experts royally screwed up diagnosing what turned out to be my Stage 3 thyroid cancer (my prognosis remains good, thank god):

Medical Staffers are Experts. But My Hospital Travails Show Why They Can Get it Dangerously Wrong


—-Here’s Volume 2 Episode 16 of KHUH 104.9 FM’s Hollow Earth Radio show on which poet Priscilla Long and I were interviewed in July 2019. A two-hour live discussion of literature and nearly everything else. (For real.) If you’re not a subscriber, just click on the button on the bottom right of the page:

Volume 2 Episode 16, KHUH 104.9 FM, Hollow Earth Radio, July 2019


—-My newest Washington Post essay came out on April 7, 2019. On depression, disability, and the intersection thereof:

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: I Need Exercise to Fight My Depression, But My Disability Thwarts My Workouts 


—-So, this has aged well. Right before the advent of the Hellscape, aka Inauguration 2017, PEN America asked seven authors to share our thoughts. Nearly two years later, I stand by each word:

PEN America: Writers Respond


—-So much fun signing copies of Altitude Sickness at my publisher’s booth at Short Run Seattle 2018. Enjoyed meeting so many wonderful readers! Photos here:

Litsa Dremousis Official: Photos


—-King County Library System interviewed me for their new author podcast series, The Desk Set. We taped this back in June so I’d answer a few questions differently now, but overall, I’m quite pleased w/ the results:

King County Library Systems, Lived Experiences: Biography and Memoir, Litsa Dremousis


—-Pleased to be part of this Entropy Magazine interview series. On why those who look the other way ultimately enable abusers and why Pretendians cannot present a stolen identity as their own. Plus, funny stuff, too:

Books I Hate (and Also Some I Like) with Litsa Dremousis


—-My newest essay for the Washington Post is online and in print. My wry take on menopause. I want to destigmatize it. I also think it sucks:

The Weirdness of Menopause is More Than a Reminder of My Own Mortality


—-I’ve known for awhile, but the U of W has updated its site, so it’s official: I’m among the guest authors this year at Libraries Unbound, the fundraiser for the University of Washington’s Library Systems. *Amy Tan is the keynote speaker.* May 19! YAY!



—-Looks like we’ll have a fine turnout for tonight’s Cue the Blue fundraiser for Democratic House candidates! Yay! Saturday August 25 at Washington Hall! Doors open at 7pm! $20! I’m the keynote speaker and my goal is to invigorate, not pontificate. You’re salient adults and you know what’s at stake. The bar is open all evening, the candidates will be rousing (they know what’s at stake, too), and after all of us leave the stage, DJ Michelle Smith will kick off the dancing and we’ll wrap up at midnight. #BLUEWAVE #FIGHTLIKEHELL

Update: We had a full house! Photos and additional information on the candidates here:

Cue the Blue! photos


—-For its 15th year anniversary, The Believer has redesigned its website and for the first time in its history, all its content is finally available online. Hooray! My interviews with Wanda Sykes, Demetri Martin, and more:

Believer Magazine Contributor Litsa Dremousis


—-Publishers Weekly asked me to write a guest column about coming forward as safely as possible in a TimesUp/MeToo situation in the publishing industry. (Please note that each of the pro-Alexie commenters uses a pseudonymous Facebook account. What a courageous–and tiny–lot):

Soapbox: Calling Out Sherman Alexie


—-Extremely proud to have an essay in “Not My President: The Anthology of Dissent” from Thoughtcrime Press, alongside work from Andrew Solomon, Amanda Palmer, Chiwan Choi, Gary Shteyngart, and other writers I admire so much.

You can order it from Powell’s Books, Inc. and support one of the nation’s finest independent bookstores, too:

Powells Books: Purchase ‘Not My President: The Anthology of Dissent’

Or you can order it from Amazon:

Amazon: Purchase ‘Not My President: The Anthology of Dissent’


—-My Washington Post interview with legendary character actress Jenifer Lewis in which we discuss her new memoir and her bipolar disorder:

Jenifer Lewis of ‘Black-ish’ Has Coped with Bipolar Disorder by Doing the Work


—-My essay for The Washington Post on disability and finally learning to ask for help:

The Washington Post: I Live with Disabling Illness. It Has Taught Me to Ask for Help


—-My New York Times Modern Love 13 Word Contest Winner:

Modern Love 13 Word Story Contest Winners


—-My essay for The Rumpus, “My Father’s Mansion”, about somehow loving my Trump-loving father:

My Father’s Mansion


—-My Washington Post essay about being disabled and still loving sex:

Yes, I’m Disabled. But I Still Love Sex


—-My essay for The Weeklings, “Paul Ryan is a Pre-Existing Condition”:

Worst Americans: Paul Ryan is a Pre-existing Condition


—-My Washington Post essay on vulnerability and dating with a disability:

Dating While Disabled: From Day One with Someone New I Feel Vulnerable


—-As I write this on February 23, 2020, I’m still recovering from the side effects of radiation. My mom recently returned home from the hospital–her prognosis is great, but she needed emergency surgery–and we just marked the one-year anniversary of my dad’s death three days ago. I turned in my newest Washington Post essay two weeks ago and am slowly but steadily returning to my usual writing schedule. I’m also importing older published work from my previous site The Slippery Fish to this page on Eventually, I’ll upgrade everything and this is a preliminary step. It’ll be an ongoing project for awhile and for now, at least, I’m not adding work in any particular order. Diving in!:


—-Interviewing avant-indie rocker John Vanderslice for NPR, June 14, 2013:

NPR: Heartbreak Takes John Vanderslice to ‘Dagger Beach’


—-City Arts Magazine asked me to write this essay for their 2012 Holiday Issue after my reading at Lit Crawl Seattle was widely lauded. On my brother’s scabrous, Ivory Liquid-fueled prank that scarred my high school boyfriend and me:

City Arts Magazine: Ivory Christmas


—-Oh, how I wish singer-songwriter Annie Stela got the career she deserves. Reviewed her incredible 2007 Seattle show for Paste Magazine:

Annie Stela, Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA, Jan 29, 2007


—-One of my all-time favorite interviews! The legendary, reclusive soul/funk goddess Betty Davis for Esquire, May 31, 2007:

Esquire: The Soul Singer in the Shadows


—-A wry and hugely informative interview with a trusts and estates attorney on the importance of having a will, Esquire, March 8, 2007:

Esquire: Get in the Fucking Ground Already


—-Reviewing avant-indie rocker John Vanderslice’s 2006 Seattle show for Paste Magazine:

Paste Magazine: John Vanderslice, Neumo’s, Seattle, WA, 04/07/06


—-Such fond memories of this show! Reviewing Nada Surf’s 2005 Seattle gig for Paste Magazine:

Paste Magazine: Nada Surf, Say Hi to Your Mom, Neumo’s, Seattle, WA, Oct 20, 2005