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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.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Many great things to check out:

Myfanwy Collins has been bloggasmed!

Jim Tomlison's award-winning debut "Things Kept, Things Left Behind" is now available for purchase!

Ellen Meister's Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA is also available!

Jim Ruland reviews Ben Fountain's short story collection.

Chad Simpson interviews the fabulous Kyle Minor and don't miss the chance to purchase a copy of Twentysomething Essays.

Sean Carmen shares his thoughts on books he read on Maud Newton.

The latest issue of Storyglossia is now live.

A Note to Flight Attendants:

Please consider the momentary, but powerful, responses evoked by announcing shortly after takeoff, "Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a slight problem." Only to, after a long pause, tell the people on the plane there is not enough ice to go around in everyone's drinks. Granted, the problem is slight. But maybe there's a less dramatic way it could be conveyed?

After almost a month away, it's so good to be home.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Bread Loaf

It's day 6 here on Bread Loaf mountain and I haven't determined if it feels like forever or if I just got here. It's the halfway point and I'm enjoying every bit of it.
The awkwardness of the first day at school is long gone and I've slipped into a comfortable routine, sometimes demanding, sometimes laid-back. My instructor, Kevin McIlvoy, is a sharp, kind, supportive teacher and my understanding of certain aspects of the craft have increased dramatically thanks to his insights in each workshop and craft class he teaches, and also due to the quality of lectures here. I feel inspired to work on my novel and to write more stories when I leave, and there's no greater feeling for me than that. (Okay, so maybe an acceptance is good too) :)

I've met some fabulous people, both those I've known online for some time and new. It was great seeing Laila Lalami again (I'm looking forward to her craft class and to her reading), meeting Cliff Garstang and Mary Akers for the first time, and many many others.

Miss you all and hope you're writing and reading is going well.


Saturday, August 05, 2006


Posting will be sporadic during the month of August. I'm traveling to New England and on to Bread Loaf.

Be well. Write your hearts out. Hope your reading inspires you.


Friday, August 04, 2006

"Disintegration" by Kelly Spitzer:

A review.

and the story.

A Pacifist's Prayer

International Prayer for Peace

Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.

Nikc Miller

is the latest artist featured at Joe Young's Baltimore Interview.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

"Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA"

Today is the release day of Ellen Meister's debut novel Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA!!!

The Canadian Chick has an interview with Ellen, as does Myfanwy Collins all this week!
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