Review, Risk, and Story Month.

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”



Publications Update

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.

A Craft Piece, a Prize, and a Poem

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.

April Fools Update That is Factual and Not Intended to Fool Anyone

Things, related to me and my writing, that have happened lately:

-My story “Once Upon a Time in Mississippi” is in the new issue of Grist: The Journal for Writers.  Ordering info is here. Only $10 right now.  Not too shabby.

-My story “These People” was accepted for publication in the next issue of Fiction Southeast.  I’ll link when it’s out.

-In March, I gave a reading at Sowela Technical College as part of the Illuminations Reading Series in conjunction with The Creative Writing Club.

-I’m writing book reviews for Friends of Atticus.  My first two (Galilee by Clive Barker and This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz) are up now.

-Curtis Dawkins at BULL: Men’s Fiction was kind enough to review Those Like Us for his Prison Reviews series.  If you haven’t been reading the Prison Reviews, you’re missing out.  Link is here.

Recent Happenings

In October, I was thrilled to go back to Columbus, MS for the Eudora Welty Writer’s Symposium at my alma mater, Mississippi University for Women.

My chapbook X&O:Stories, which was still a semi-finalist for the Iron Horse Literary Review Single Author Competition the last time I updated the website, was subsequently named a finalist for the award.

My creative non-fiction essay “Taren” appeared in the most recent issue of Barely South Review.

My piece of flash fiction “Barrier” was in the most recent issue of Vine Leaves Literary Journal. It will also appear in their annual Best of Vine Leaves anthology this winter.

Fifth Wednesday Journal put up a quick piece on risk in fiction that I wrote.

Latest News

Some notes on upcoming publications and readings:

-I’ve been invited to read at this year’s Eudora Welty Writer’s Symposium.  The Welty Symposium, held at Mississippi University for Women, will be Oct. 18-20.  It’s free and open to the public, so if you’re in the Columbus, MS area, come on out to hear some good fiction and poetry.  You can find more information on the Welty Symposium here.

-My creative non-fiction piece “Taren” is forthcoming in Barely South Review.  Their new issue should be out sometime early this fall.

-My fiction chapbook “X and O: Stories” is a semi-finalist for the Iron Horse Literary Review Single Author Competition.  Results on that contest should be released any day now.