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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.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Storyglossia Issue 27

I'm delighted to announce Storyglossia's Issue 27, guest-edited by me, is now live with stories by Claudia Smith, Eugene Cross, Myfanwy Collins, Brandon Keat, Liz Prato, Rob Ehle, Miriam Cohen, Laura van den Berg, Terri Brown-Davidson, Kathy Fish, Gavin S. Lambert, Elaine Chiew, Amy Purcell, Matt Baker, Alicia Gifford.

A group of amazing stories by talented writers all. I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Darlin Neal in Wigleaf

Darlin Neal has a gorgeous piece up at Wigleaf.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Three Recommended Reads

I've been reading some great books lately. Earlier this month I raved about Fecilia Sullivan's memoir "The Sky Isn't Visible From Here." Not only is it an amazing story but it's artfully written as well.

I've also read Patry Francis' "The Liar's Diary." Just when you think you know where the story is headed, Francis surprises and surprises. A great read!

Vendela Vida's "Let the Nothern Lights Erase Your Name" is beautifully spare and sophisticated. I enjoyed this book so much I'm looking into reading her others.

And lastly, "The Underrstory" by Pamela Erens is an incredible read. She's given us an interesting, flawed, wonderful character in the narrator and her prose has an elegance similar to that of Coetzee.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Get Real:

There's another installment of the unique conversation between editors and writers hosted by Kelly Spitzer and Ellen Parker. This time it's about money.

Kyle Minor

Congratulations to Kyle Minor whose story "A Day Meant to Do Less" has been chosen for inclusion in the Best American Mystery Stories 2008. Well done!

I'm also looking forward to reading Kyle's collection of stories forthcoming from Dzanc Books, "In the Devil's Territory."

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Barack Obama

Yes We Can!--Si, Se Puede

Obama's speech in New Hampshire.

Not in a longtime have I heard so eloquent a speech--not since I first heard Obama speak at the Democratic Convention in 2004. Barack Obama is the kind of leader I want for my children, my country. Not only do I agree with his policies and ideals, he has the comportment, the dignity, I expect from a president, and haven't seen in too long.

The Audacity of Hope.

"In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope"--Barack Obama

*Obama on
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Homeland Security
Social Security

Our country and the world need leaders that can heal, unite, inspire. I believe Obama is that kind of leader.

"The Sky Isn't Visible From Here" by Felicia C. Sullivan

Once in a while I read a book that brings me to my figurative knees. This is one of those books. Felicia writes of growing up in the shadow of a fiercely protective (at times), careless (at other times), seductive, larger-than life, drug-addicted mother who disappeared from her life when Felicia graduated from college. Amazingly, she survived the dangerous situations in which her mother placed her, but not unscathed. Like the generational cycles that occur in many families, Felicia found herself battling the same alcohol and cocaine addictions her mother had. Only, Felicia's story, her life, is much, much different.

"You accepted these things as fact: Normal people shot heroin in their arms, in the spaces between their toes, in their neck. This was normal. This was normal.You kept repeating that to yourself as you played house with Big Michelle, the blond-haired plastic doll with the blue eyes that fell out, the doll that towered over you. When the meth addicts dropped by, raking their arms because of the itch, you colored in the lines of your coloring books with crayons that has exotic names like honeydew and cobalt."

and then later:

"Here on your desk is the stack of business cards that read Felicia C. Sullivan, Project Manager. This is 2001 and you work in a restaurant at a venture capital-backed dot-com. The cards' presence somehow comforts you. Why can't you stop shaking? You know logically that your body is here, but you can't feel it--your lips are numb, limbs slack, toes smothered in these crocodile shoes. And when you talk about milestones, forecasts, and budgets, you get your first nosebleed. Your boss winces and hands you his clean napkin and says, wipe here, wipe there."

But Felicia emerges the woman she was meant to be, the woman she always was: a strong, honest, vibrant, beautiful soul, and sober. I can't help thinking that Gus, "the man who is not my father but whom over the last fifteen years I've come to call my father," helped to save her life.

Beautifully written, with unflinching honesty, "The Sky Isn't Visible From Here" is a work of the highest art. A brave story, it underscores how a life can be devastating and hopeful in equal measures. Though it brought me to tears in several places, they were tears of admiration, admiration for the fine, strong spirit of the woman who wrote it.
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