I’m thrilled to announce that my fiction chapbook When You’re Down By the River will be published by Batcat Press this year. I’m honored to be their first fiction chapbook, and I’m doubly honored that my fiction will be published alongside their creative nonfiction offering for this year, Surviving by Davy Rothbart. Rothbart is a writer I’ve long admired. If you’ve not read his books The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas: Stories and My Heart Is an Idiot: Essays, then you ought to get on that.
My story “These People” was in the latest edition of Fiction Southeast. It’s also part of When You’re Down By the River.
My story “Kudzu” is forthcoming in Ostrich Review. It’s also part of the chapbook.
My review of Kirsten Clodfelter’s chapbook Casualties is up at Friends of Atticus.
Finally, I was pleased to speak to the Bayou Writers Group here in Lake Charles earlier this month. My talk, “Engaging Risk in the Writing Process” went well. It’s always nice to meet a group of dedicated writers, and I enjoyed getting to spend some time with folks who are enthusiastic about writing.
The end of the semester was jam packed with grading, writing, and traveling, so this update on publications and the like is long overdue.
First, I’m very pleased that my story “A Guest of the Program” will be in the new print issue of Blue Lyra Review. The issue’s coming out in time for AWP, so if you’re making the journey to Seattle, keep an eye out for it.
In November, I had a short craft piece, “Burn It Down” up at Passages North, as part of their Writers on Writing series.
My review of Delaney Nolan’s wonderful chapbook, Shotgun Style, was published over at As It Ought to Be, as part of their At the Margins review series.
My review of the new issue of ABZ: A Poetry Magazine is up at The Review Review.
In December, I spoke at the Mississippi Reading Association convention in Vicksburg. While I was there, I got to spend a few minutes at Lorelei Books, a wonderful independent bookstore. If you’re in the Vicksburg area, check them out.
October has flown by, and with mid-semester grading piling up, time is at a premium, but here are a few updates on my writing. My creative non-fiction piece “A Brief Discourse on the Nature of Multiple Realities Inspired By My Two Year Old” is up at Gravel Magazine.
I have a review of The Briar Cliff Review’s 25th anniversary issue at The Review Review.
My review of Matt Bell’s In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods is up at Friends of Atticus.
Finally, because everyone needs more good fiction in their lives, here’s a link to “Moscow” by Josh Russell. A great piece of flash fiction by a great writer.
I’m very pleased that my story “Reform, AL” has been named a notable story of 2012 for the storySouth Million Writer’s Award. storySouth will announce the top ten stories, drawn from the longlist of notable stories, next month. Fingers crossed.
My story “Offender” is available online in the new issue of Steel Toe Review.
My interview with Michael Farris Smith is up at Sundog Lit. It’s part of my Speaking of Risk series.
I have a review of Ron Carlson’s great book Room Service over at Friends of Atticus.
My creative nonfiction piece “A Brief Discourse on the Nature of Multiple Realities Inspired By My Two Year Old” has been accepted by Gravel. It’ll be published soon.
On the writing front, two pieces of good news. First, my chapbook When You’re Down By the River: Stories is one of three finalists for the RopeWalk Press Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize. Winner will be announced soon. Second, my story “Offender” has been accepted by Steel Toe Review. It’ll be in an upcoming issue.
My review of Michael Farris Smith‘s novel Rivers went up on Friends of Atticus today. It’s a great book, complex, frightening, humane. It’ll be out from Simon and Schuster next month, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
I also want to take some time to plug the new book by my old MFA professor, Neil Connelly. The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible is as fine a book as you’ll read all year. It’s funny, touching, and insightful. It came out yesterday from LSU Press, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
The summer is speeding by, more than half over now, and while I’ve mostly spent it teaching and chasing a now 3 year old, I do have a few updates on my writing.
First, the new issue of Beecher’s Magazine is out and available for order. It contains my story “Uncle Frank,” which was selected by Kevin Moffett as the winner of the Beecher’s Fiction Contest for this year.
My next piece in the Speaking of Risk series went up a few weeks ago, and new one should pop up in the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye out for the new one. I’ll be talking to Michael Farris Smith about the risks he took in his new novel, Rivers, which will be out from Simon and Schuster in September.
Finally, I’m excited to report that I’ve joined the reading staff for Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading series. If you’re not subscribing to Recommended Reading, I encourage you to do so. It’s free, and each week you’ll get a killer story in your inbox. Here’s a link to Roy Kesey’s great story “Any Deadly Thing,” which appeared in Recommended Reading last February.
My newest review is up at Friends of Atticus. This time, I took a look at Brad Watson’s Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives. It’s a pretty great book. You should all read it.
The newest piece in my Speaking of Risk series is up at Sundog Lit.
Finally, it’s Short Story Month, so you should all read good short fiction. Here are a few good places to start:
Joshua Canipe’s “Dirt in the Blood”
James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”
Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Bettering Myself”