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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 27, 2008

Interview with Chad Simpson

Randall Brown of SmokeLong Quarterly interviews Chad Simpson.

Monday, August 25, 2008


Storyglossia's Issue 29 is now live and sizzling!

Here is editor Steven McDermott's introduction:

With its utilitarian format, lack of artwork and programming chops, STORYGLOSSIA is not on anyone's list of sexiest online journals, but it's always been about the stories. Not a feast for your eyes or your clicking fetish—it's for your reading addiction.
Truly, a literary journal is only as good as the quality of its submissions. And you would be astounded by some of the stories I rejected. Many will surely appear elsewhere. Also true that no one else, sitting with the same stack of submissions, would select the same stories I did. It's a fallacy to think that each issue represents "the best" of the submissions (as some journals nobly proclaim). It's all mood and taste; an editor's desire. The eleven remarkable stories in Issue 29 are a statement, a message I want to send, about what I think is vibrant in short fiction right now (from the admittedly narrow perch of STORYGLOSSIA's submission queue).
I've been around long enough to have both believed in the redeeming quality of literature and to have lost faith in its ability to make a difference. Having read, during the selection and the publication process, each of these stories a half-dozen times or more, I can say that they have restored my faith in literature's ability to change, if not the world, at least one's perspective. Read these stories and see if they don't change yours, too.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Myfanwy Collins at The Mumpsimus

Join Myfanwy Collins as she guest-blogs at The Mumpsimus, and talks about her story chosen for Dzanc's Best of the Web 2008 anthology and other interesting things!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Congratulations to Roy Kesey and Laura van den Berg!

From Dzanc Books:
Dzanc Books recognized by The L Magazine!

The L Magazine has just announced their Best of NY City Issue and when it comes to the area of letters, Dzanc Books and our authors have done well. The L Magazine noted the four best independent works of fiction in 2008 (so far) and praised Dzanc's debut title, Roy Kesey's All Over by saying:
"Short stories: we love ’em, and Dzanc Books, a small press out of Michigan that
shot out of the gate with Kesey’s All Over, is going to be publishing a lot of them.
This is a book that combines the wiliness of George Saunders and the wisdom of
Ron Carlson. Put simply: this is a great collection."

They also pointed out the best short stories published by NYC publications and tops on that list was "What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us" (One Story #102), which is the title story from the forthcoming (November 2009) collection Dzanc Books will be publishing by Laura van den Berg.

We're both proud and thrilled to see Roy and Laura's names alongside authors like Lydia Millet, Robert Coover, and Louise Erdich!
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