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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.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Writers at the Beach

What could be better than a writers' conference at the beach? Here's one to consider.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Kristen Tsetsi

is interviewed by Steven McDermott, editor of Storyglossia, on the writing of her prize-winning story "They Three At Once Were One." Read McDermott's reasons for awarding Tsetsi first place and her thoughts about writing it.

Here's an excerpt from the interview:

Steven McDermott: Why "They Three at Once Were One," where’d this story come from?

Kristen Tsetsi: How not this story?

Someone in the military serving in Iraq or Afghanistan is reported dead every day. (According to a recent story I heard on NPR, the average is three a day.) The stories might sadden people a little, they might think, "Oh, no. Not another one . . . ," but then the following story—this year's fashions and how to make sure you're stylin' in the snow—takes over, and the next thing people are thinking about is whether to buy an orange or purple plaid scarf.

And I'm not being accusatory—I've done it, too. It's just the way desensitization works. And while everyone is thinking about their scarves—and maybe even being angry about the toll war takes—the person whose dead friend or family member or true love was just listed as one of the day's casualties is sitting somewhere shattered (if they even know, yet . . . at that moment, they might be trying to remember whether John was on that convoy, or where in Baghdad he was fighting, and if one of those three might be him). ...

Bravo, Kristen! And Bravo for writing such a beautiful story.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Serendipity

After my month-long struggle on whether or not to write my next project as a novel or a short story, I came to the conclusion I'd allow the project to dictate the length rather than me. (My notes say it looks like it's going to be a novel)

So. The serendipity part: There's a great discussion between Aaron Hamburger and Maxine Swann over at Small Spiral Notebook.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Storyglossia

Editor Steven McDermott has more commentary and interviews with the winners of the fiction contest on Storyglossia's blog.

Monday, November 20, 2006

More Pushcart News

I just received notice my story "Bighead" has been nominated for a Pushcart by The Jabberwock Review.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Ron Currie

This time author Ron Currie is interviewed and reads from his amazing debut "God is Dead."

There are also other interesting interviews on the site.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

A Mini-Rant

A friend (thanks, Myf!) sent me a link to this article in the Burlington Free Press.

Here's what I think. The whole notion of being offended by the sight of a mother nursing her baby is completely, unforgivably, ridiculous. You see, I covered, but sometimes, I didn't cover, because frankly I nursed about a thousand times a day and didn't always have the time or inclination to protect anyone's potential offenses (it's a boob people get the fuck over it!) and sometimes it was too damn hot to cover for baby and me and I stopped seeing the breast as anything but a way to feed my baby the second I started.

People have to get over themselves. Finding the natural use of the breast offensive is childish. Grow up and get over it, people!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Elizabeth Severn

This time Steven McDermott interviews Elizabeth Severn on the writing of her prize-winning piece, "Dumpster Digging for Daddy."

Again, scroll down for Steven's comments on the story.

John McNally

author of "America's Report Card," "The Book of Ralph" and others has a great post on his blog about rejection.

Jim Tomlinson

I think I'm going to call this interview week because here's another insightful interview, this time Velocity interviews the amazing Jim Tomlinson.

Jim's latest installments of his short story "Birds of Providence" are also available.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hal Ackerman

In yet another insightful post, Steven McDermott interviews Hal Ackerman on the creating of his prize-winning story Hunting and Fishing.

Scroll down to read Steven's thoughts on the "Hunting and Fishing."

Monday, November 13, 2006

Theresa Boyar

Steven McDermott, editor of Storyglossia, interviews Theresa Boyar on the writing of her award-winning story, "Waxing Razal."

You can scroll down to read Steven's thoughts on Theresa's story.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pushcart

I was surprised and delighted to learn Steven McDermott, editor of Storyglossia, has nominated my story "Snake Dreams" along with five other stories from the Fiction Prize Issue. Thank you, Steven! And congratulations to Kirsten, Steven, Theresa, Christiana and Gabrielle.

I was also honored with a Pushcart nomination from Rebel Press. Thank you Rebel Press! And congratulations to Susan DiPlacido, Tom Saunders, Don Capone, T.J. Forester and Marcus Grimm.

I also picked up the 2007 Pushcart and read Kim Chinquee's "Formation" and noticed Xujun Eberlein received special mention for her piece, "The Death of a Red Guard." Both women are extremely talented and I'm happy to see they've been recognized with this honor.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Two More Interviews...

One is with Richard Bausch, interviewed in a new-to-me online journal Our Stories. I'm reading Richard Bausch's newest novel "Thanksgiving Night" and am loving it.

The other interview is at Storyglossia with Gabrielle Idlet for her prize-winning story "Vacancies."

Scroll down and read editor Steven McDermott's thoughts on "Vacancies."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

And Speaking of Interviews...

the brilliant, hilarious and lovely Susan DiPlacido has been kind enough to interview me on her blog.

Thanks, Susan!

(I tried to thank you on your blog, but apparently beta-bloggers--I'm a beta-blogger--and regular old bloggers do not mix company yet. Ha!)

Chris Sheehan

is interviewed by editor Steven McDermott on the conception and delivery of his prize-winning story "Roots and Limbs."

Ron Carlson

is interviewed by Pia Z. Ehrhardt in Quick Fiction.

After reading the interview I have to say I thought it was one of the most thoughtful interviews I've read. Both Pia's questions and Ron's answers were especially compelling and articulate.

Over on LitPark

Susan Henderson talks with Iowa Short Fiction Award Winner, Jim Tomlinson

Monday, November 06, 2006

Congratulations to Roy Kesey

whose short story collection "All Over" has been chosen to be the first book published by the new press, Dzanc Books:

November 6, 2006

Dzanc Books is proud to announce we have found the book that will become our first title: Roy Kesey’s extraordinary debut short story collection, All Over. Dzanc Books will publish All Over in October 2007.

Roy Kesey has been hailed as one of our best young writers, and All Over presents 19 of his most original and latest stories. George Saunders called Kesey’s writing, “beautiful and powerful... mythic, vivid, heart-rending." Roy's work has appeared in over 50 top flight literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, and The Georgia Review. Several of the stories in All Over first appeared in journals such as Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, Other Voices, and The Iowa Review.

Roy currently lives in Beijing, where in addition to writing incredible fiction, he also writes two regular columns – “Dispatches From Roy Kesey, an American Guy Married to a Peruvian Diplomat Living in China,” for the McSweeney’s website, and “Little-Known Corners,” which appears monthly in That’s Beijing. Kesey’s writing in All Over is filled with great inventiveness, his characters and stories at once unique and familiar. Roy believes that “ … there has to be something fundamentally human threaded through all that--fear and pain and love and worry and jealousy and generosity and spilled juice, say--for it to be worth writing or reading.” (Interview with Richard Cooper at Satori Kick).

Roy Kesey has previously published the novella, Nothing in the World (2006, Bullfight Press). Tom Bissell described it as "Beautiful, brave, and I will not soon forget it." Dzanc Books is delighted to be able to expose more of Roy’s writing to a much wider audience by publishing a collection of his short stories. As a young writer whose novella was unanimously well received, and with a lengthy story publishing resume, Roy is on the verge of exploding onto the scene. We here at Dzanc Books are thrilled to be able to announce the forthcoming publication of All Over.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006