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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.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

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The literary journal, Third Coast, is featuring a web-exclusive conversation with the late Larry Brown, Dan Chaon, John McNally and Susan Straight.

Friday, October 28, 2005

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A story from Joe Levens at AGNI

A Bit Behind...

in my posting--I've actually been spending time writing fiction!

But before I get too behind I want to draw your attention to Felicia Sullivan's new venture: Rocking the Green Life. It looks fabulous and timely for this toxic environment in which we all live.

Also more great reviews are in for Laila Lalami's Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits.

Remember to check into Jordan Rosenfeld's Word by Word to catch the latest in author interviews.

READING UPDATE:

This past week I've read a back issue of Orchid; three back issues of The Georgia Review; a back issue of Calyx; Katherine Shonk's The Red Passport (excellent!); and Joan Didion's powerful memoir on grief, The Year of Magical Thinking.

WRITING NEWS:

This past month I'm delighted to have had my story "Bighead" accepted for publication (Summer 2006) by The Jabberwock Review and my story "Plunging Toward Rusalka" accepted for publication (Winter 2007!) in The MacGuffin.

I also have a short piece in the latest issue of Cranky available now for purchase.

Happy reading and writing to everyone!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

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Happy Birthday to friend and writer, Myfanwy Collins.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

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Read an interview with poet Liesl Jobson at Lit Net.

Her poem "On the Death of a Young Chorister," is stunning.

Monday, October 24, 2005

What Are You Reading?


I've finished Mary Gaitskill's novel, Veronica and loved it. It's the story of a woman living with an illness, forced to slow down and examine her life. She remembers her days of being a model, living a life completely unexamined; she remembers her friendship with Veronica, a loud, brash woman hopelessly in love with her bi-sexual lover who gave her AIDS. A few of Gaitskill's metaphor's were over-the-top, but where Gaitskill shined, for me, was in her ability to describe the indescribable. Her abstractions were so beautifully rendered, her characters so honestly drawn, she took fiction to another level altogether.

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New work by Deb Ice at Salome

Sunday, October 23, 2005

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Patry Francis has a poem in NOO Journal.

There's also a short piece by Mitzi McMahon.

Friday, October 21, 2005

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The new issue of FRIGG is live!

Reminder

The deadline for Night Train's fiction contest is fast approaching!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

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You can find new lit mag reviews up at New Pages.

Monday, October 17, 2005

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Read Horseshoe by the talented Myfanwy Collins.

Also, in that issue of Ghoti are pieces by Girija Tropp, Kim Chinquee, Debbie Ann Ice, and others.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

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Salmon Rushdie speaks out on the threat of inprisonment for Turkish Author, Orhan Pamuk.


"On September 1, 2005, Pamuk was indicted by a district prosecutor for having “blatantly belittled Turkishness” by his remarks. If convicted, he faces up to three years in jail. Article 301/1 of the Turkish penal code, under which Pamuk is to be tried, states that “a person who explicitly insults being a Turk, the Republic or Turkish Grand National Assembly, shall be sentenced to a penalty of imprisonment for a term of six months to three years . . . Where insulting being a Turk is committed by a Turkish citizen in a foreign country, the penalty shall be increased by one third.” So, if Pamuk is found guilty, he faces an additional penalty for having made the statement abroad."

Pamuk had reported thirty thousand Kurds and Armenians were killed in the 1984 conflict. His trial begins December 16.

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Over at Nerve, Rick Moody weighs in on "good" sex in fiction.

Excerpt:

"The literature of sexuality, for me, begins to do its job when it begins depicting sexuality in light of these everyday sexual experiences. Enlarged prostates, dry vaginas, sexually transmitted diseases, excessive body hair, too much yelling, not enough yelling, bitter tears, salacious come-ons that verge on the inappropriate. Every day, somewhere, someone, or probably a lot of someones, are living out these parts of the madness that is sexual congress, and they are feeling that maybe they can manage to do it, or maybe not. So if it's happening like this all around us, let's hear about it!"

Saturday, October 15, 2005

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I'm very behind in my literary journal-reading and will probably never catch up. Just as my pile of books keeps growing so does my pile of journals.

I just finished a Fall 2004 issue of Hunger Mountain, a beautiful, glossy-covered journal with a lot of excellent poetry, fiction, and essays within.
One of my favorite fiction pieces in this one was Mark Turcotte's "That Sunday Under the Table," a raw, evocative story of a boy's experience with an out-of-control father. The ending of the piece was incredibly perfect--as if the whole story had been honed to lead up to just that moment. Another favorite was Anh Chi Pham's "Mandala," a story of the burning of a monk told from five viewpoints: East, West, South, North, and Center. Each of the Directions were different witnesses to the event, and Center was the monk just before, during and after the burning. This design added to the story's power. I also appreciated Sheila M. Schwartz's "Poor Cousins," so much I ordered her story collection. "Poor Cousins" follows an American woman to Peru on a quest for magic to rid her body of cancer.

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Here's a useful resource for finding the right place to submit your story:

Every Lit Mag

although I'm not sure how often it's updated.

Friday, October 14, 2005

The editors of the stunning literary journal, Orchid, are busy working on another project, and this one's for children:

"826michigan is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success."

Check out the gallery!




If you scroll down they also have a list of items needed on the left.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Monday, October 10, 2005

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John Banville's The Sea won the Man Booker 2005.

Donate

Please consider donating to help the people devastated by the earthquake in India, Kashmir and Pakistan:

IFRC.

Here's a link to an information blog: Quake Help Blog

Sunday, October 09, 2005

And Now A Break From Literature...

What is This?



ANY GUESSES?

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If you're yearning to read something different, Newpages has these latest recommendations: Noteworthy

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Four women and one man are shortlisted for Canada'a Giller Prize.

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Online Fiction Picks of the Week:

Two Lives by Michael Croley. There's also an audio version of this story.

The Importance of Form in Sketching by Matthew Kirby

A Wedding Story by Debra Spark

Family Therapy by Pamela Painter

May Your Next be Your Last by Lisa Selin Davis

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Ian Holding, author of "Unfeeling," picks ten books he feels best illustrate life in South Africa:
Guardian's Top Ten.

I've read one of his picks, "The Good Doctor," and agree it's an excellent read. And you can't go wrong with anything by Nadine Gordimer.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Reading


Young Woman Reading by Mary Cassatt




What are you reading now? Send me the name of the book you're reading, or post it in the comment box below, and I'll list the names of the books on Monday. I'll send along my copy of The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space, featured below, to the first person to email me at tdenza@nc.rr.com

UPDATE: The copy goes to Cliff Garstang.

Well, the response was meager, but I did receive one response (thanks Cliff).

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

and I'm reading The Practice of Deceit by Elizabeth Benedict

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I just finished another excellent collection, The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space by Douglas Trevor. With stories published in The Paris Review; New England Review; Glimmertrain; Fugue; Epoch; and the Black Warrior Review, this group of stories makes for consistent, evocative reading.

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Narrative Magazine will host a reading and cocktail party in NYC featuring James Salter and the winners of the Narrative Prize, Min Jin Lee and Pia Z. Ehrhardt.

Friday, October 07, 2005

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Here's an excellent interview with Laila Lalami, author of the book, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

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Jordan Rosenfeld interviews T.C. Boyle and Mark Helprin tonight on Word by Word. Click on the Listen button at 7pm Pacific time; 10pm Eastern Time.

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After a couple of false starts with books I couldn't get into (a rare thing for me to not force myself through anyway), I finally read the much acclaimed Atonement and enjoyed.

I also read a wonderful story collection, American Dreaming. Every story is excellent and one of Iarovici's greatest strengths is her ability to render each character's unique voice.

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Laila Lalami, author of the novel-in-stories, "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits," offers an essay on the issue of poverty in modern fiction at Powells.

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Prose poem from Cue: Peek-A-Moose.

Monday, October 03, 2005

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New lit mag reviews at New Pages.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

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An article about the Zion National Park by Stephanie Anagnoson.

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Read an essay by Myfanwy Collins at AGNI!

What a fabulous, well-written, riveting essay. Well done, Myf!