I’m excited to have my lyric essay, “Variables” included on Cahoodaloodaling’s list of nominations for the Best Small Fictions anthology. Many thanks to Raquel Thorne and the journal’s team for letting me be a part of such a cool issue.
The journal’s latest issue, Joysticks, is also fun and full of punchy pieces. Special bonus–the theme is joy!
My creepy story, "Trespassers," is now live on the Sequestrum website. It won runner up in their New Writers contest.
It's about Detroit in the wintertime, so a good one to read while you're sweating in August, especially sweating in Atlanta August, like I have been.
It’s been a while since I updated this, but I have had a couple of stories published in 2017. One is in a print journal, one is online.
The print story is, “As Though She Could Actually Do Something,” which appeared in the Potomac Review, just in time for AWP in Washington DC. For a nice surprise, my friend, Kilby Allen, also had a story in there called “Everything Neatly Put Away.”
“As Though She Could Actually Do Something” is based on an experience I had in Thailand when I accompanied some American friends when they took their sons to see a movie at a fancy mall in Bangkok. The majority of the story is fabricated (that’s why it’s billed as fiction), but the strange chaos of doing something that is mostly familiar in a place where everything appears in a new language stayed with me for a long time. It seemed story-worthy to me.
You can read other online, “New Translations,” which appeared in the latest issue of Quarterly West. I wrote that one after accidentally getting sucked into browsing my Twitter feed during writing time, and I stumbled across an article that explained how we might have been reading a Bible verse from Genesis wrong all these years. That concept catapulted into a flash piece. I hope you enjoy it!
Two of my friends who happen to be amazing poets, Caroline Crew and Anne Barngrover, have some killer poems in that killer issue.
I’m honored that “Theresa Scott” was published today as one of the first two stories ever to appear in Sinking City, a sharp new online magazine put together by the MFA students at the University of Miami.
Twitter alerted me that this site has featured my story today. Apparently it’s part of a series called “Deal Me IN,” during which the author takes on a 52 short story reading challenge. I have been wanting to do some sort of reading challenge involving journals, but this one is a neat idea: he lines up 52 stories to read the following year, assigns each a card, and then draws his next selections from a deck. I really appreciate how this author is promoting work that appears in journals because, you know, it gets published but we have our doubts about how many people will actually read our stories.
You can read what the author wrote about my story, here.
1. The Indiana Review notified me that they are going to be publishing my story, “Come Go With Me,” after it won runner-up in their 2014 fiction contest. I’ve been following that journal and submitting to them for years, so there’s lots of celebration going on around here about that.
2. My flash story, “The Last Attempt,” appears here in the 30th anniversary issue of Oxford Magazine (Oxmag) with some terrific writers, like David Ebenbach, Bret Anthony Johnston, and Michael Czyzniejewski. Woot. The story is based a little bit on my dog, Woody, so here’s one of my favorite pictures of him for you to enjoy:
I’ve loved the stuff they publish at Hobart for a long time, so I’m super excited to be a part of their work today. You can read my story, “Final Warning,” on their website.
I’m excited to have a flash fiction story I wrote recently, “The Release,” up today on Extract(s). It’s a quick one.
My writer friends Rachel Levy and Evan Steuber have a good lookin’ online literary journal for innovative fiction called THE YOKE. It’s a quarterly that publishes two stories per issue. Each story comes with an interview with the author.
They would love to see more submissions, so if you’ve got these kind of chops, send your work to them.
Here’s the description from their “About” page:
Less is more.
We’re testing that hypothesis. It’s true, we want more. More money. More time. More turkey. But we wonder: might less be better? We’re tired of scanning and skipping. We don’t want to mine the tome. No more! We quit, cold turkey. (We love cold turkey.)
We want to showcase amazing writing in minimum. And so, we present to you The Yoke: a quarterly journal of literary prose. As our name indicates, we’re interested in coupling. We’re interested in yoking. We publish two (and only two) pieces of short prose per issue. We like conversation, and so each issue of The Yoke also includes an accompanying conversation with the featured authors.
Less and more. Succinct and satisfying.