Picture of Author Michelle Robin La at Goleta Beach

Asian Cha | Smoking a Pot of Gold

My poem “Smoking a Pot of Gold” was a finalist in Asian Cha‘s “Addiction” Poetry Contest. You can read the poem and the judge’s thoughtful commentary in issue 33 of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal here. I talk about my poem and the inspiration behind it on Cha’s blog.  

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thanks to Chris Galvin Nguyen for nominating me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” The award is a way for bloggers to share other websites they admire. I’m honored to be thought of by Chris who writes about living in Vietnam and shares her incredible photography on her blog. Here are the guidelines for accepting the award and nominating…


My Writing Process — Recreating the Past on a Page

As a nonfiction writer, my process is different from most. While other writers wait for their muse to show up, I already have a story. I just have to get it down, and I can’t make things up. Thanks to Charlotte Ashlock for inviting me to join the Writing Process Blog Tour where writers describe how they work. You can…