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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, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year

I have a feeling it's gonna be a great one.


Myfanwy Collins

was interviewed by a reporter of the Boston Globe.

Friday, December 29, 2006

American Short Fiction

This is a great issue with four solid pieces: a excerpt from Tiphanie Yanique's novella "The International Shop of Coffins: Simon Peter; Roy Kesey's powerful story "Any Deadly Thing," about killer snakes, a grieving snake killer and snake handlers; a story by Jess Row about grief and lost people after 911; and "The Secret Heart of Christ," a long essay by the late Matt Clark that I'm in the middle of now and it's just amazing.

The editor writes in his note that "each of these stories has
strong community ties," and that's true, but they also seem to involve themes of grief and identity and acceptance. It's a great issue.

My Cat Olivia

Flash Flood

interviews one of my favorite bloggers, Sarcastic Fringe

Monday, December 25, 2006

Six Little Things

has published an exquisite short piece by my friend Cliff Garstang called The Learned Lama.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Friday, December 15, 2006

SmokeLong Quarterly


also announced is the winner of the Kathy Fish Fellowship.

Guest editor Matt Bell was amazing to work with and expresses his thoughts about each piece selected.

I fall in love with the flash fiction form once again as SLQ fills its pages with so many incredible pieces. I know you'll enjoy--each story is a beautiful, brave world.

Don't forget to read the interviews--and the answer to the one question Randall Brown asks of all of them.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

In Addition

to his journal and literary blog, Steven J. McDermott has a new author website in which he also offers podcasts of his stories and has announced the publication of his collection "The Winter of Different Directions," forthcoming near the end of 2007!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Oh Man I Would Love

to go to this writers' conference. Maybe someday...

Sunday, December 03, 2006


I won't be writing full reviews for a while as I'm busy with working on my novel, family things throughout the holiday, and moving to our new house in the next town over. That said, I'm too obsessive (or something) to let all these good books I read go without at least leaving a line or two of comment:

Thanksgiving Night by Richard Bausch. I would read a cookbook by this man--I first fell in love with his collected stories and as always, he makes writing look so much easier than it is. This follows a few zany people--some related, some not, around Thanksgiving. There are some unforgettable characters, outright hilarious, and frankly, an unforgivable character--unforgivably passive and weak. And it's the characters, the richness with which Bausch has drawn them, that make this book a great read.

Between Here and the Yellow Sea by Nic Pizzolatto. A wonderfully rich story collection. I enjoyed all the stories but one of my favorites was the first, "Ghost Birds." I loved the image of the main character BASE jumping off the St. Louis Arch and the connection he makes with a young woman who wants to learn how to do it herself. The other favorite was the title story which follows a young man and his high school coach as they travel to California to "rescue" the coach's daughter from being a porn star.

Last Seen Leaving by Kelly Braffet. Smart and edgy, I devoured this novel. A woman tries to find her grown daughter who's disappeared. Years before, the woman's pilot husband mysteriously disappeared as well, under suspicious circumstances. Back in the present, there's a serial killer on the loose and the reader wonders if the woman will find her daughter before the killer does.

Forgetfulness by Ward Just. An ex-pat lives in France with his wife and is host to old friends from the states when his wife goes out for a walk up the mountain behind their house and doesn't come home. This is a thoughtful, quiet thriller, but powerful in its subtlety. Just is an elegant storyteller.

Seek the Living by Ashley Warlick. This novel follows a young woman as she struggles to deal with the unsettling relationships of her past and present: her brother, a womanizer who is haunted by the mystery behind the bones he's been digging up in his back yard; her husband who's seldom home and is haunted himself by things unseen by her; her past lover who died a mysterious death in Mexico before he was to marry someone else. Brilliant, dazzling writing in an assured voice. Warlick chooses the unusual, and therefore the most precise, words in her sentences to make them sing.

Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan. Perhaps my favorite of the bunch, Donovan manages to take an unforgivable act and make it seem almost forgivable. The characterization in this book is a master lesson for writers. Stunning in its brilliance. One of my favorite books of the year.

Friday, December 01, 2006


Taraxa, a Norwegian journal, is running a special flash-fiction issue on December 1rst and has included my story "Tracks," first published in Word Riot.

I'm honored to be in such fine company.
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