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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, April 30, 2008

Got Crime?

Storyglossia's Issue 28, guest-edited by Anthony Neil Smith, does.

Enjoy...and you might want to turn on all your lights.

Read This

Small Pale Humans by Daniel Spinks.

What an incredible ride.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Robert Olen Butler

has an excerpt of his new collection "Intercourse" in Redivider.

The rest of the issue looks great, too.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dzanc Prize 2008

Submissions are now open. Information here.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Laila Lalami and Moshin Ali

Laila, my talented friend, has a piece in the Boston Globe, and Moshin Ali, a wise and lovely man from my town, offers a look at the rising power of India and China.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Steven McDermott, editor and publisher of Storyglossia and author of Winter of Different Directions has posted his interview with me on his Blog.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Here's an interview with Jhumpa Lahiri. I have her latest collection of short stories "Unaccustomed Earth," and am really looking forward to diving in.

Thanks to Kate's Book Blog for the original interview link.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Storyglossia Issue 27

Dan Wickett at EWN shares his thoughts about the issue. Thanks Dan!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

In My Neighborhood

Sometimes I only have to walk five minutes to see paradise.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


David Leavitt, editor of Subtropics and author of The Indian Clerk, is interviewed at Court the Jesters.

Thanks to TEV for the original link.

Snow in Segovia

On the train ride to Segovia we could see the digitally displayed temp steadily sink from 11 degrees celcius all the way down to 4 degrees. On the way back to Madrid it was minus 1 celcius. In Segovia, we walked from the train station into town through pouring rain. We took shelter in the famous Candido's where the wine warmed me up and I had the best roast chicken I've ever had and I tried lamb that tasted far superior to any I've had before. Later, at the palace, we sat against warmed seats while hail pelted the ground. The hail soon turned to a gorgeous snow storm--very magical.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Monday, April 07, 2008

New Work by Talented Friends

Myfanwy Collins has a new piece up at Mississippi Review. Just click on the Movie Issue link and scroll down to read her story "Verbatim."

Maryanne Stahl is the author spotlight at Insolent Rudder this issue.

Kim Chinquee has a new piece up at Wigleaf. (I love Wigleaf!)

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Segovia's Aqueduct

"People of the Book"

I loved, loved, loved this book by Pulitzer Prize winner, Geraldine Brooks. Inspired by the rescue of the Sarajevo Haggadah by a Moslim librarian, Brooks takes the reader backward along the sacred book's journey from the late 1990s, when a rare book expert comes in contact with it, all the way back to the 1400s. This book is rich with history featuring people at their worst (Bosnian war, World War 11, the Spanish Inquisition) and the people who broke through any boundaries set by society and their own religious beliefs to save the exquisitely illustrated Jewish book.

"The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox"

Imagine if you could be locked away in an institution simply for being a woman who refuses to conform to her family's wishes. A friend loaned me this novel by Maggie O'Farrell and it was wonderfully gothic and moving. Iris, the main character, gets a call to pick up her great aunt from a mental hospital that's closing but Iris has never been aware of this aunt's existence. It seems Iris's grandmother has kept the secret of her sister quiet her whole life. It's an intriguing, fast read and O'Farrell's prose is spare and cuts to the bone.


I took "Fieldwork" by Mischa Berlinski to Spain with me and it was a great read--interesting enough to hold my attention depsite the city of Madrid calling me like a siren. It's about a young reporter, Mischa, whose girlfriend takes a job teaching english in Thailand. While there, he's told a story by an old college friend about a woman anthrolopogist who was spending time in prison for a murder she committed--the murder of a young missionary. It has many elements I love, an exotic locale, a moral dilemma, and a mystery.

Friday, April 04, 2008


Franco's Tomb

We were riding on a train out to Segovia when I saw this enormous white cross against the distant mountains (in the middle ground you can just make it out). I asked my sister-in-law about it. She explained that Franco had it built for his fallen men and that he was buried there. The men who built it were Franco's prisoners, some of whom died building it and many, many, injured. She also explained that as beautiful as I found it to be, many Spaniards still saw it as a fascist symbol and an ugly reminder of the cruelty of Franco. There are many pictures of the cross on the internet, but I couldn't find any that captured the sense of distant enormity as much as the one my niece took here.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Laila Lalami

on You Tube discussing "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits" and her new novel. I've had the pleasure of hearing Laila read in person at Bread Loaf, and this was a nice reminder of what an intelligent, eloquent speaker she is.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Picasso at the Reina Sofia

Despite the fact that I was hit by the flu again my second week in Madrid, I got out everyday--some days in better shape than others. One of the things that lured me out of the flat was a special Picasso show at the Reina Sofia with over 400 of his pieces, many of which came from Paris. Picasso is one of my favorite artists and to see so many of his works was amazing, humbling and inspiring. One of the advantages of seeing so many pieces is that one can really see his progression as an artist, from age 14 until his death. Picasso seemed to be always stretching, growing, changing, yet maintaining his "voice." I love his masculine sense of color and design and the complete confidence he displays in his work--no matter the medium.

The most powerful part of the exhibit was when I entered the room in which photos of the bomb victims were hung and then walked straight from there to the room that housed Guernica. I don't think I've ever been so moved by a piece of art as that.

My favorite pieces in the show besides, of course, Guernica, were La Cocina and Embrace

Me encanta Espana!

I'm home. I'll write a bit of something after I've rested.
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