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Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. 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. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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Seeing the pictures of the devastation and people's anguish is heartbreaking. I wish I could help them all. The fact that I can't makes me feel so small and insufficient.

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To the Victims of Hurricane Katrina. So many need our help!

Red Cross

Help the children in the devastated areas by donating to:

Kiwanas Disaster Relief Fund.

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Writer Daniel Olivas reviews Laila Lalami's new book, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits.

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Scroll down for Emerging Writers Network's latest interview with editors of Word Riot; Story Quarterly; Fiction Attic; Western Humanities Review; Idaho Review; and others.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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An short essay on literary journals in Five Points by Shannon Ravenel.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

To those of you in her path...take care and be safe.

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Two more short-story collection recommendations:

"Sightseeing" by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. The title story of this debut collection gives us a son taking his soon-to-be-blind mother on a trip to see an island she's never seen before; in Farangs, a young boy who has lost in the game of love watches his pet pig slip in the ocean to escape a group of bullies; in Draft Day, a boy engages in the politics of draft day to possibly lose the closest friend he has; in Priscilla the Cambodian, a boy befriends a refugee with gold teeth while the elders in the town try to run all the refugees off; in the end novella, a father nearly loses everything as he tries to battle against the town bully.

My favorite of the group is Don't Let Me Die in This Place. An older man has a stroke and
ends up living with his son and daughter-in-law in Thailand. Not only does he have to endure being treated like a baby, but he's brought around to see the sights and the endless temples in which he has no interest. The story shines when he is taken to an amusement park and he asks to drive one of the bumper cars. Hilarious.

Another excellent collection I just finished is "This is a Voice From Your Past," by Merrill Joan Gerber. Thirteen stories, some connected, some not, all about women dealing with small and large issues: suicide, death, fear, annoying neighbors, relationships that don't quite work, and nasty in-laws. Wonderful, rich characters and surprising details make this collection stand out.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Thursday, August 25, 2005

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Novelist/Blogger Susan DiPlacido interviews novelist Ellen Meister about her upcoming book.

Thanks to Myfanwy Collins for the original link.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

RIP Six Feet Under

I am a HUGE fan of Alan Ball's writing. Ball's finale was nothing less than superb. Here's a look at the writer's perspective on the scene in which David finally faces and embraces his dark side: Everyone's Waiting.

I really do not watch television. I prefer to read. But every Sunday night, I was right there watching the incredible Six Feet Under. Thank you, Alan Ball, for writing an intelligent, provocative, sensitive, deeply beautiful show.

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New-to-me journal: The Strange Fruit.

Thanks to writer/blogger Myfwany Collins for pointing out the new lit reviews are up at New Pages.

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Natasha Radojcic's You Don't Have to Live Here is one powerhouse of a coming-of-age story. The novel's main character, Sasha, is smart, spirited, and tough as she is sent by her disapproving family to Cuba, Yugoslavia, Greece, and back to Yugoslavia. Eventually she moves to New York on her own, but no matter where she goes, she has a way of stirring trouble around her. The narrative is concise, poetic, and lovely.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

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Here's one short story collection you simply MUST read: Merrill Feitell's Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes.

Every one of these clean, elegant, emotionally resonant stories is near perfection.

In "It Couldn't Be More Beautiful," a young girl realizes over Thanksgiving holiday her older sister has moved on to other, more grown-up alliances, and still everything is okay.
In "Bike New York!" a man, a week just before his wedding, wakes up late for his bachelor-cycling group and ends up riding with a teen-aged girl. Throughout the ride he examines his decision to marry.
"The Marrying Kind," nearly broke my heart. A pregnant woman goes to her baby's father's wedding and wonders whether she will tell him the truth. During the wedding she thinks back to when he had asked her to marry him and she'd been unable to make up her mind.
In "Our Little Lone Star," a middle-aged woman drives out to Arizona with her college-aged daughter's car, and by doing so, faces her fear of risks.

I highly recommend this collection.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

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I've just finished Bret Lott's new collection, The Difference Between Women and Men. What I liked most about the stories was Lott's ability to tell a familiar story in a new and fresh way, sometimes by distorting reality, and sometimes by offering surprising details. The reader will find a couple who longs for the days when their children were young (and perhaps normal size); a man who develops a habit of storytelling to cover his affair; and a Southern woman who hides a secret; and many other moving and intriguing characters.

Bret Lott has written many other books and is the editor for The Southern Review.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

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In case you didn't catch it in July, here's the latest panel of lit journals interviewed at Emerging Writers Forum.

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If I had to pin down exactly what made me not want to have to finish Kim Addonizio's Little Beauties I'm not sure I could. It's an unpretentious, unselfconscious work, with a flow that felt natural and characters I couldn't help loving. It's told by three characters: a divorced, obsessive-compulsive who grew up with an alcoholic mother who loved her by taking her to child beauty pageants; a teen mother who's not really sure she wants to be a mother; and the baby, who's just come from the Before and isn't exactly enthralled with the Now. Addonizio's language is precise and lovely and her imagination, generous. If you're looking for a good book this is one to pick up.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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Don't miss a chance to purchase a copy of the last issue of Ink Pot. Also check out the amazing prose poem, the stunning art and the eye-opening interview with this month's Hot Pot.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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I love it when an artist combines words and images. Cecilia Johnson's stories and paintings are breathtaking.

Thanks to Kyle Minor for the original link.

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I'm in the middle of poet Kim Addonizio's first novel, "Little Beauties," and I'm loving it.

Hear a short review of it by Alan Cheuse on NPR

Addonizio's website

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New at Salome

Monday, August 15, 2005

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New litmag reviews from New Pages

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I've just returned from my almost-month long vacation and am still getting sorted. Regular posting will resume in a day or two. So glad to be back!

Hope you all have had success in your writing and have read some great books.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

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Please check out the latest issue of RE:AL, some of which is available to read online (a short story by Roy Kesey and one by me, just for starters.)

It would be wonderful if you could support the magazine by purchasing an issue. :)