on MJ Rose's Backstory.
Here's an excerpt:
"...The stories of Things Kept, Things Left Behind are set in and around the fictional town of Spivey, Kentucky. The details of the place – the Appalachian foothills, the coal history of the place, the particulars of attitude, idiom and dialect – may be peculiar to this place. But the stories told are stories of yearning, stories of the human heart, and in this they are universal."
Now this sounds like my kind of book. And I'm looking forward to my copy arriving any day now.
- 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.