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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, October 31, 2007

"The Essentials of Micro-Fiction" by Camille Renshaw

I came across this article at pif. I liked seeing the edits on her piece--generous of her to show us.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Yemassee Journal

Yemassee, the literary journal of the University of South Carolina’s MFA creative writing program, is currently seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We are a relatively small journal and are very interested in finding fresh, new voices to publish alongside those of established authors.

Yemassee was founded in 1993 and has published writing by James Dickey, Susan Ludvigson, Robert Coover, Virgil Suarez, William Price Fox, Kwame Dawes, Ron Rash, Nikky Finney, and many others, as well as interviews with writers such as Derek Walcott, Robert Olen Butler, Kazuo Ishiguro, George Singleton, Leah Stewart, Vona Groarke, and Percival Everett. Our upcoming issue will feature a short story by Chris Offutt and an interview with him.

In addition to general submissions, which we read year round, we also accept submissions for our annual William Richey Short Story Contest and Pocataligo Poetry Contest.

For more information, please visit our website at Yemassee Journal

We look forward to reading your work.


Darien Cavanaugh & Jonathan Maricle

Submission Tool

Here's a nifty tool to help you determine how much postage you need to send your submssions:

Fiction on Demand.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dzanc Books

featured in Wired.

*Thanks to Kelly Spitzer for the original link.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Roy Kesey's All Over

I just received my copy of Roy Kesey's exciting short story collection, All Over. I can't wait to dig in.

He's coming to the states to do a book tour and here's his schedule:
October 23: Ann Arbor
Shaman Drum Bookshop
311-315 South State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Reading starts at 7:00 PM

October 24: New York
Happy Endings
302 Broome Street @ Forsyth
(B,D to Grand Street or F, J, M, Z to Delancey)
Reading with Benjamin Percy and Min Jin Lee starts at 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Amanda Stern
After-party at Grotto: 100 Forsyth Street, just around the corner from Happy Endings

October 25: Chicago
The Fixx Reading Series
The Fixx Coffee Bar
3053 N Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL
Reading with Elizabeth Crane starts at 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Amy Guth

October 26: Memphis
Burke's Books
936 South Cooper
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Phone: (901) 278-7484
Fax: (901) 274-8863
Signing from 5-6:30 p.m.
Reading with Corey Mesler starts 7 p.m.

October 27: Asheville, NC
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Tel: (828) 254-6734
Signing at 3:00 PM

October 29: Greenwood, MS
TurnRow Books
304 Howard Street
Greenwood, MS 38930
(662) 453-5995
Time: TBA

October 30: New Orleans
Octavia Books
513 Octavia Street
New Orleans , LA 70115
504-899-READ (7323)
Reading with Pia Earhardt starts at 6 p.m.

November 2: Iowa City, IA
Borden NonFictionNow Conference
University of Iowa
Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City
Panel Discussion with Philip Graham, LeAnne Howe, Roy Kesey, Michele Morano, Xu Xi
Travel Writing: To Simmer or Not to Simmer
8:45-10:15 a.m.

November 5: Urbana-Champaign, IL
University of Illinois
809 South Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Tel. 217.244.2118
Carr Reading Series: Author's Corner, Illini Union Bookstore
Reading starts at 4:30pm

November 7: Davis, CA
University of California at Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-1011
Room 126, Voorhies Hall
Reading starts at 6:30 p.m.

November 8: Ukiah, CA
Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 468-3000
Center for the Performing Arts
Room 5310
Reading starts at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Give Away #3

I'm giving away a hardcover version of Robin Romm's excellent The Mother Garden to the first person to email me with his or her address.


UPDATE: It's going to Jill from CA.

Steven J. McDermott

talks to Kelly Spitzer in her Writer Profile Project.

I've long been an admirer of Steven's blog, his journal, Storyglossia and his writing, so it's great to get to know him even better through this interview.

(Thanks to Cliff at Perpetual Folly.)

Writing on the Wall?

Kore Press is offering limited editions of Lydia Davis' pieces as frameable works of art. I think it's brilliant. I wonder if it will catch on in the non-writing pool of art collectors though.

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Rebuttal

Many of us have already read Stephen King's "What Ails the Short Story," some in the front of the 2007 B.A.S.S., and some in The New York Times.

Here's writer Jean Thompson's response on Maud Newton's site.

Al Gore

was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, one hundred percent of which he says he and his wife will be donating to the Alliance for Climate Protection.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


If you like a mix of science, mystery, colonialism, exotic places, and a dash of violence in your fiction then I predict you'll love Rachael King's The Sound of Butterflies. I did. I was swept away by this mystery of why a butterfly collector returned to his wife from the Amazon, mute and in a state of shock.

Another book I read recently and would recommend is Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle. It's amazing on so many levels. Jeannette tells what is was like growing up with unconventional, self-centered, brilliant, neglectful and unique parents and living in dangerous poverty most of her life. Walls' tells her story with a compassion for her parents and with grace.

Doris Lessing

won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

In the Valley of Elah

and for another glimpse of the war in Iraq (about which we the American people know too little) watch this film.

Yes, it's anti-war. Yes, it shows a side of the war in Iraq that some of us would rather not see. And yes, it's not as subtle and balanced as it could be. But if you can get beyond the obviousness of this movie (based on true events), then maybe you can appreciate its essence--that war is far-reaching and non-discriminating in its destruction.

Roland Thompson

writes Dispatches from Iraq.


"...Across from it four women sit against a wall, having sorted themselves by age. I'm guarding these women, who present an evolution in sorrow, which registers on the goggles as an evergreen glow.

The youngest, maybe 7, glows the least. But like a fish reeled up from the depths too quickly, her eyes are ruined. One points toward 2 o'clock, the other toward 9..."

Be sure to read his previous six dispatches. His writing is so beautiful it gives me chills.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

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