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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.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Jim Tomlinson

has a jazzy new website. Check it out!

NewPages Lit Mag Reviews

The new ones are up!

I look forward to these reviews--they do such a great job.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Congrats to Kyle Minor!

Dan Wickett at Emerging Writers Network has announced that Kyle Minor, writer and editor of the literary journal Frostproof Review, has been named One of the Best New Writers of 2006.

I'm ordering this anthology ASAP! And it's satisfying when talented and nice people get the recognition they deserve.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

May 1 Strike

If you are an illegal immigrant, or know an illegal immigrant, please pass on this information.

The most humane way to handle the situation would be to offer a blanket amnesty to all of our illegal immigrants. Please do what you can to support a compassionate solution.

New Magazine

KGB Bar Lit

Thanks to Felicia Sullivan for the link.

Orange Prize 2006

The shortlist has been announced.

How many have you read? I'm surprised to see I've only read the Krauss book.

Roy Kesey

Roy Kesey's novella Nothing in the World will soon be available for purchase.

You can hear him read at these times and places:

• 7 pm Sunday, May 14 @ KGB, New York City

• TBA Monday, May 15, Reading with Pia Group, Lower East Side, NYC

• TBA Friday, May 19 @ Skylight Books, Los Angeles

• 8 pm Saturday, May 20, Vermin on the Mount @ Voz Alta, San Diego

• 4 pm Sunday, May 21, Village Books, Pacific Palisades

• 7 pm Tuesday, May 23 @ Valencia Street Books, San Francisco

• 7 pm Thursday, May 25 @ Mendocino Book Company, Ukiah

Sunday, April 23, 2006

A Story in Eclectica

Thanks to Steven J. McDermott at Storyglossia for highlighting Peggy Duffy's "What It Is to Say Goodbye," published in Eclectica. Amazing. Packs a hard punch.


The new Spring issue is live!

KCRW's Book Worm

has more live interviews including Elliot Perlman (loved his novel), Kurt Vonnegut, David Foster Wallace, and Myla Goldberg.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Rusty Barnes Interview Part 2

Here's the second half of Wayne Yang's interview with Night Train's editor Rusty Barnes


Passing this info along...

"Hi there-
Just a friendly reminder from Staccato Magazine that the deadline for submissions for the upcoming Summer issue is May 31. Please help spread the word, and thanks to everyone who has already sent in stories. Again, we're looking for microfiction pieces under 500 words. To see our past issues, please take a look at www.staccatomagazine.com.

Matt Boyd

Friday, April 21, 2006

Failbetter.com Redux

Susan Henderson interviews Thom Didato of Failbetter.com today on her blog

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Rusty Barnes

Wayne Yang has part 1 of an interview with Rusty Barnes the editor of Night Train.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Edited by Steven McDermott, Storyglossia's Issue 13 is now live.

I'm thrilled to be a part of this fine journal!

A Story

Dear Picasso by Joseph Young

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Disappearing Zine

Thanks to the talented Pia for pointing out this new zine.

What a great concept for a magazine. I found the editor's note compelling.


For those of you who haven't yet seen the link on Myfanwy's blog, check out the latest issue of Failbetter.

Another excellent issue!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Pulitzer 2006

Pulitzer Prizes announced.

Read This!

The Litblog Co-op has announced its next selection.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

RIP Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark, Novelist Who Wrote 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' Dies at 88

"Muriel Spark, known for her finely polished, darkly comic prose and for the unforgettable Miss Jean Brodie, one of the funniest and most sinister characters in modern fiction, died Friday at a hospital in Florence, Italy. She was 88.

Ms. Spark's death was announced Saturday, The Associated Press reported, by Massimiliano Dindalini, the mayor of the Tuscan village of Civitella della Chiana, where she had lived for almost 30 years." Read the rest of the article here.

New Work in The Angler

with stories by Randall Brown, Joe Young, Justin Crouse, Robert Bradley, and more!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Lorraine and James

is on hiatus.

Congratulations to Laila Lalami

for her recent award of a Fulbright Fellowship! She'll be living in Casablanca for nine months to continue research for her second novel.

Well done, my friend!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Another Blog

This one looks wonderful for poets:


The Bellevue Literary Press

Just received this press release:

"...The Bellevue Literary Review and New York University School of Medicine are
pleased to announce the creation of the Bellevue Literary Press, a new trade book
publishing house.
The Bellevue Literary Press intends to publish books of the greatest artistic
and intellectual merit from the larger community, both medical and non-medical,
while reflecting NYU’s excellence in scholarship, humanistic medicine, and
The new press will feature original authoritative and literary works, both
fiction and nonfiction, in the sciences, social sciences and arts. It is the natural
outgrowth of the Bellevue Literary Review, founded in 2000 as a “a journal of
humanity and human experience… a well-regarded magazine featuring fiction,
nonfiction and poetry by Bellevue’s doctors and well-established
writers.”(Washington Post) The BLR has published work by Rick Moody,
Abraham Verghese, Julia Alvarez, Philip Levine, Rafael Campo, Sharon Olds,
and David Lehman.
As with the Bellevue Literary Review, the Press’s authors will focus on
relationships to the human body, illness, health and healing. The first books will
be published in Spring 2007. Jerome Lowenstein, M.D., the Nonfiction Editor of the Bellevue Literary
Review, is the Publisher of the Bellevue Literary Press. Erika Goldman, a veteran
of the mainstream publishing industry, is the Editorial Director..."

Fabulous news!

Gina Frangello interviews

Lisa Glatt!


Steve Almond!

Small Spiral Notebook Online

The new Spring 2006 online edition is now available and it's smashing!

More Spring Litmag Reviews

at Moorishgirl

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Monday, April 10, 2006

Six Cool Blogs

Small Spiral Notebook has just begun to Blog

and this one has been around for a while, but if it weren't for Stephen Clark, I wouldn't have known about Gina Frangello's cool blog.

and Writers Blog Alliance

and The Publishing Spot

and Writers Need Other Writers

and Media Bistro

Sunday, April 09, 2006



Antonya Nelson

I'm reading, and enjoying, her latest short story collection"Some Fun: Stories and a Novella. She has such a gift for getting the most out of words and creating unforgettable characters.

Here's more from Antonya Nelson:

Interview on Mothers Who Write

Interview in Missouri Review

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Hello and Welcome

If you've arrived via Dan Wickett's fabulous Emerging Writers Network, welcome! There are book reviews, links to various works and the occasional rant.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

LitBlog Panel

Dan Wickett, at Emerging Writers network, was gracious to ask me and several other litbloggers to participate in a discussion in Litblog Panel #5.

Parlez-Vous Francais?

Read Pasha Malla's hilarious post on Susan Henderson's blog.

Here's hoping April 13 is a lucky day for Pasha.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Dave Clapper

is the editor of the amazing SmokeLong Quarterly. Here's an excellent interview with him at Dispatch. Dave's compassion and intelligence really show in this insightful conversation.

Thomas White

Here's a piece by him in The Write Side Up.

Thanks to Myfanwy Collins for the original link.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

No More Oates?

I read this over at Edward Champion's Return of the Reluctant. Can it be??

How will she do it? Maybe she'll write poetry...

Saturday, April 01, 2006

A Personal Victory...

after many, many revisions--the kind in which pages are shredded and pasted and whole scenes and characters are added and slashed and words are put in, taken out, put in, taken out, I'm relieved the story will hereafter remain the way it is currently. I'm finally finished. (At least until I read it a month from now and cringe from the embarrassment.)

Top Ten Stories of 2005

have been announced.
It's time to vote for your favorite.
Good luck to all!!

Vestal Review

Issue #25 is now available to read. Looks great!

Insolent Rudder

The latest issue is available online with stories from Kim Teeple; Carrie Kilgore; Jennifer Prado and more...
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