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My work can be found in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, Pank, New Delta Review, and Gargoyle #57, among others. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. Currently, I'm an Associate editor for Narrative Magazine. In 2011, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


I just received word my story "Autumn Leaves," previously published in Lynx Eye will appear in the August issue of the online journal Lily on August 1.

Also a prose poem will appear in the fabulous Salome on August 1.

Friday, July 22, 2005


I'll be traveling and spending time with family for the next three weeks. I'll be back sometime in the middle of August. In the meantime, I wish you much happiness, creativity, good reading, good writing, and good Karma.


Thursday, July 21, 2005


Read Night Work by Felicia Sullivan.

Night Work is an stunning excerpt of Sullivan's Memoir which will be published by Algonquin in 2006.


A poem by John Poch: Backward.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


I'm getting ready for our yearly trip to see family in Connecticut and a stay on the Cape. What books to bring? The trouble isn't so much WHAT to bring as it is how many. I average three books a week. I know on vacation I always read considerably less than I do at home. Funny, that. So my "to take" pile began at twenty. I managed to whittle it down to seventeen. Then yesterday I got brave and took out five more. So now I'll be taking twelve. A respectable number.

Anyway...these are my July reads PRE-vacation:

“Dreaming Water” by Gail Tsukiyama

“Little Children” by Tom Perrotta

“The Center of Winter” by Marya Hornbacher

“The Bright Forever” by Lee Martin

“Lost in the Forest” by Sue Miller

“Making It Up As I Go Along” by Maria T. Lennon

“O My Darling” by Amity Gaige

The Martin novel was an excellent study of the driving force in narrative; the Perotta novel was sadly hilarious; the Hornbacher novel was atmospheric; the Lennon Novel suprised me and was richer than I expected; and the Gaige novel was a study in language and character--tightly written.


New work at Salome

Sunday, July 17, 2005


Try to guess the book to which these first literary lines belong:

Famous First Words

(I got 9 right.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Writer Tom Saunders has recently joined the blog world. Saunders is the author of the excellent short story collection "Brother What Strange Place Is This?" and resides in England.

Look here soon for an interview.


Got an extra $150 lying around???

Kirkus will take it off your hands: Kirkus Reviews/

Thanks to writer and poet Carol Peters for the original link.


Novelist Tom Dolby presents a good argument against writers blogging the daily life: San Francisco Chronicle. I've had these same concerns which is one of the reasons I use my blog mostly for promotional purposes.

Thanks to Laila Lalami for the original link.


New work by South African writer and poet Liesl Jobson at Salome.

Sunday, July 10, 2005


Fiction in Pindeldyboz from talented writer and editor Kyle Minor

Minor edits the new journal Frostproof Review and recently won first prize in the Atlantic Monthly for his essay "Lay Me Down in the Blue Grass."

Friday, July 08, 2005


Here's a link to a unique and beautiful experience:


Photos and writing by Joseph Young


Elizabeth Glixman interviews Daphne Buter.

Thursday, July 07, 2005


View author M.J. Rose's vidlit for her new novel "The Halo Effect."

Thanks to Moorishgirl's Laila Lalami for the original link.

For every blog that links to the vidlit, Rose has pledged $5 to the nonprofit organization Reading is Fundamental

Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Read a new nature essay by Myfanwy Collins at Moondance.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005


Ayelet Waldman explores the darker side of motherhood in her fiction: Interview with her at Literary Mama.

Thanks to author Maryanne Stahl for the original link.


New work at Salome

Monday, July 04, 2005


The new issue of Mississippi Review, "Location/Dislocation," edited by Ken Foster is now live.

Friday, July 01, 2005


Felicia Sullivan chats with one of my favorite authors, Roxana Robinson at Small Spiral Notebook.

Many thanks to my friend and writer, Myfanwy Collins for the original link.

June Reading

Books I read in June:

“The Apple’s Bruise,” stories by Lisa Glatt

“We Are All Fine Here” by Mary Guterson

“There Are Jews in My House,” stories by Lara Vapnyar

“No Direction Home,” by Marisa Silver

“Last Night,” stories by James Salter

“Specimen Days” by Michael Cunningham

“Embroideries” by Marjane Satrapi

“A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That” by Lisa Glatt

“Bulletproof Girl” stories by Quinn Dalton

“The Red Carpet” stories by Lavanya Sankaran

“Wonder When You’ll Miss Me” by Amanda Davis

“Circling the Drain” stories by Amanda Davis

“House of Thieves” stories by Kaui Hart Hemmings

“The Brutal Language of Love” stories by Alicia Erian

My favorites were the Lisa Glatt collection and novel; the Sankaran collection; the Erian collection; the Cunningham novel; the Dalton collection; the beautiful "Embroideries;" the title story in the Vapnyar collection; the Davis novel; and the Hemmings collection.
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