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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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Rebecca Curtis and Yannick Murphy

I'm always delighted when I find a writer whose work excites me. I've been slowly making my way through the 2007 O'Henry Awards anthology and Rebecca Curtis' "Summer, with Twins" is a standout. This story works for me on many levels: its narrative is interesting and full of strife and tension, but there's all this stuff, this subtext, much of which I can't define, underneath it all heightening every emotion: fear, anger, outrage. Curtis is a subtle writer yet straightfoward. So when I read a story I like as much as I liked this one, sometimes I take the time to do a bit of research on the writer. I found this interview in Sunspinner, and this interview with Tao Lin on his blog. Still digging around, I ordered Curtis' story collection Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love and Money, and found stories by her in The New Yorker and Harpers.
Of course, I'm always a bit late in my discoveries, but I'm not the only fan.

The other standout in the O'Henry anthology so far is Yannick Murphy's "In a Bear's Eye" which is just stunning to read--very emotive and beautifully written. I can't wait to read more of her work. Her short story collection by the same name is forthcoming from Dzanc Books. Here's an interview with Murphy published in the LA Weekly.

Happy Reading.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Give Away #2

I'll send a hardcover copy of Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk to the first person to email me his or her address.


UPDATE: It's going to Maria Robinson.

New Lit Journal Reviews and More...

at New Pages. My talented friend Myfanwy Collins gets a nod for her story "Cowless, Rainbowless" published in Quay. That has to be one of the best titles I've ever read.


Remember to check out the latest installments of STORYGLOSSIA'S Issue # 22. Editor Steven J. McDermott discusses his choices on his blog.


Congratulations to my friend Laila Lalami for her recent good news!


Kelly Spitzer has been busy while I was away. She has more writer profiles and a showcase and much more on her blog.

Dzanc Books Acquires OV Books

I'll help spread the good news:

In an effort to further our mission as a publisher of literary fiction, Dzanc Books has acquired OV Books as an imprint. Beginning in 2008, Dzanc Books will publish no less than one new OV book per year, allowing for OV Books’ Executive Director Gina Frangello, along with current Senior Editor Stacy Bierlein, to continue the wonderful tradition started in 2005 with titles such as Tod Goldberg’s Simplify and Corinna Wycoff’s O Street.

Earlier this year, Dzanc became aware that the editors of Other Voices/OV Books were in negotiations to stop production of their fine literary journal after the forthcoming Other Voices 47: All-Chicago-Writers. OV’s plan was to concentrate solely on OV Books, as Gina Frangello stated, “… focusing on the book publishing wing of our operation seemed the best use of our time, talents and mission at this juncture.” Joining Dzanc Books means OV Books has the logistical support to grow its operations as an independently operated imprint. Moreover, partnering with Dzanc allows Gina and Stacy to concentrate solely on searching for and editing manuscripts, leaving the time spent on production, printing and distribution to their new parent company.

OV Books has a new title deep into the process at this time (A Stranger Among Us: Tales of Cross-Cultural Collisions and Connections, an anthology of stories) and will complete their previous process, including being distributed by University of Illinois Press. As noted, Gina Frangello and Stacy Bierlein will stay on running the OV Books imprint for Dzanc Books, and all titles following A Stranger Among Us will be produced, printed, and distributed along with Dzanc Books titles.

Dzanc Books is extremely excited to have OV Books, Gina Frangello, and Stacy Bierlein as part of the team and looks forward to continuing their contribution to independent literature. For more information about OV Books, please visit www.othervoicesmagazine.org.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Going to Ct to see family and share the joy of my niece's wedding. I'll be away for two weeks, which is like three blog posts lately. I'm taking a few books and my own work-in-progress. Hope the two weeks is good for you.


Oh and if you haven't read this BRILLIANT book yet, whadaya waiting for? The end of the world or something?
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