Contributor Update, Jackie Shannon Hollis: ‘This Particular Happiness’

Join us in congratulating SR interview contributor Jackie Shannon Hollis. Her forthcoming memoir, This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story, will be released by Forest Avenue Press on October 1. The book is now available for preorder.

In the memoir, Jackie explores her decision to marry Bill and commit to a childless life. But soon after the wedding, she holds her newborn niece and begins to question her decision to not have children. Told in short nonlinear chapters, the book examines what we gain and sacrifice when we love another person.

More information about Jackie and her new book can be found here. You can find her interview from Issue 7 here.

Congratulations, Jackie!

“This Particular Happiness, is a deeply moving story about Jackie Shannon Hollis’s decades-long yearning to have a child―and her complicated decision not to. But it’s also about so much more than that. With honesty, generosity, precision and insight, Hollis writes the story of her life―from her girlhood in rural Oregon, where she both broke and followed the rules, to her hard-earned self-acceptance at middle age. This Particular Happiness is a gloriously wise memoir about one woman’s unexpected path to becoming.”

―Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

#ArtLitPhx: Phoenix Poetry Series ft. Jared Duran & Chris Danowski

#ArtLitPhxDate: August 24th at 6pm-7pm

Location: Fillmore Coffee Co. 600 North 4th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Event Description:

PPS is back every 4th Friday, and we’re back at our favorite venue, Fillmore Coffee!

And to kick off our fall poetry season, we’re featuring two of our favorites funny guys, Jared Duran and Chris Danowski!


Chris’ debut book, soon-to-be-published by Jared’s new press, makes this a delicious pairing, so we’ll see you around 5:45pm at Fillmore for a pre-reading beverage and snack. Reading begins at 6pm. 🙂

About the Poets
Jared Duran is a writer, podcaster, musician, and is pretty much permanently grumpy. He is the host of Limited Engagement (named Best Podcast and Best Cultural Podcast in 2017 by Phoenix Magazine and The New Times respectively), co-host of Hoot n Review (with Jenna Duncan), and he records and produces Chatterpod. His writing has appeared in various Four Chambers projects, Gargoyle, Up the River, Drunk In a Midnight Choir, and more. With his partner Janell, he founded Hoot n Waddle, an independent publishing and digital media company. Learn more about Hoot n Waddle and their mission to showcase quality, inventive, and experimental literature and provide a home for arts and culture podcasts produced by Phoenix-based creatives at

Christopher Danowski is a Lecturer in Performance at the University of Portsmouth (UK), a writer, and a media/performance artist. He has written over fifty plays, performed in living rooms, galleries, and unusual spaces (sometimes in theaters). He was the artistic director of Theater in My Basement from 1999-2013, and now serves as a founding member of Howl Theatre Project. He has performed his own work in Phoenix, Mérida, Dublin, Berlin and Kraków. His debut collection, DOGSEAR, which perfectly showcases Danowski’s wit, humor, linguistic experimentalism, and generosity of spirit, also features artwork by his daughter, Elli Danowski-Underiner. DOGSEAR will be available September 15th from Hoot n Waddle (for more information and links to pre-order, visit