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”
My second piece in the “Speaking of Risk” series is up at Sundog Lit. It focuses on character-based repetition. In it, I talk a bit about a wonderful collection of stories, My People’s Waltz by Dale Ray Phillips. It’s killer. If you haven’t read Phillips, you’re missing out.
I also just learned that my story “When You’re Down By the River” will be published in the next issue of Pembroke Magazine. It’ll likely be out in early 2014.
I’m writing a series of craft pieces for the Sundog Lit Blog under the banner “Speaking of Risk.” The series is focused on an in-depth exploration of the types of risks being undertaken by contemporary writers beyond the standard stylistic risks that tend to dominate such conversations. The first piece, “Introducing Speaking of Risk,” is up now.
Kevin Moffett named my story “Uncle Frank” the winner of this year’s Beecher’s Magazine Fiction Contest. It’ll be published in their upcoming third issue. If you haven’t seen Beecher’s yet, it’s one of the best looking journals out there (and the writing on the inside’s pretty stellar, too.)
Finally, it being the waning days of poetry month and all, I’m linking to my old professor John Wood’s wonderful poem “The Fiction of History” in Ashville Poetry Review. It’s a good one, y’all.