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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.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Reading

In between essays of Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," which I'm thoroughly loving, I also read Katherine Taylor's "Rules For Saying Goodbye." Taylor's debut is funny is a fabulously dry way. It's smart, it's honest and it portrays that drifting, weird time in a woman's life before she slips fully into who she is. I loved it and it's brilliantly written. For me, it was all in the details, details so rich and fresh and abundant they had me hooked through the whole novel.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Edge-of-Your-Seat Read

If you like gorgeous language and an intense plot in your stories then read "Watch The Flashlight Girls Run" by Stephanie Dickinson, this year's winner of the Storyglossia Fiction Prize.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Writing News

I have a story coming out in Storyglossia's special flash issue scheduled for December and I've just had a story accepted by Passages North. I admire both journals so I'm quite pleased.

What You Wish For...

My husband and I were having a conversation about the wording of rejections prompted by this post by Cliff. Cliff's post also led me to David Keeling's blog A Writing Year and his rating of rejections. I think it's a great idea to encourage journals to consider their words carefully since they are, in fact, in the word business. Anyway, I was telling my husband about some of the less-than-desirable worded rejections and I ended up saying, only half joking, "my ideal would be something that read: Dear Katrina Denza, the only reason we won't be publishing your story is that we ran out of room." Hehe.

So a week later what did I receive? A form rejection notice from New Delta Review that says (sans the Dear Katrina Denza):

We're sorry that we don't have room to publish your work in our upcoming issue. Thank you for submitting. Please forgive the form slip and consider us in the future.

At first I laughed at the wording of it until Tom reminded me it was exactly what I'd wished for in a form rejection slip. So...If I were grading rejections I'd have to give New Delta Review an A+.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Good Reading

The Storyglossia Fiction Prize Issue is live.

I'm looking forward to reading it!

and the new issue of SmokeLong Quarterly is also live.

So much great reading available...

Saturday, September 08, 2007

The Assassin's Song

Laila Lalami has an excellent review of M. G. Vassanji's novel The Assassin's Song in the Chicago Tribune.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Edward P. Jones

on North Carolina's The State of Things on NPR.

He's also visiting a local bookstore along with some writers from the New Stories of The South 2007 so I'm going to try to go up to hear him.

Big Lonesome



Jim Ruland discusses the inspiration behind each of the dynamic stories in his collection Big Lonesome. He's also giving away books, too, so head on over there!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Storyglossia Fiction Prize 2007

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the Storyglossia Fiction Prize 2007!

The winner of the STORYGLOSSIA Fiction Prize for 2007 is:

Stephanie Dickinson for "Watch the Flashlight Girls Run"

First prize is $1000 and publication in Issue 23. The following finalists receive $50 and their stories will also appear in the prize issue:

Matt Bell for "Alex Trebeck Never Eats Fried Chicken"
Lydia R. Cooper for "My Brother, the Snakes, and Me"
Elizabeth Farnum for "Turtle Eggs"
Larry T. Menlove for "Rutting Season"


We can read the stories on September 15th. I'm looking forward to it and I'm looking forward to Steven's posts on each story.