1) Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate, Michener-Copernicus Fellow, and musician Adam Soto's NEGATIVE CAPABILITY, set between gentrified Chicago, the crumbling corridors of Silicon Valley, and the weightless chambers of the cosmos, tracing a cast of revolving characters whose lives are upended when a signal from outer space reaches earth and disrupts our sense of place, and ultimately tackling ideas of predetermination, purpose, and possibility, to Danny Vazquez at MCD/FSG, by Marya Spence at Janklow & Nesbit (world). (from Publisher's Marketplace).
2) My short story "The Prize" was a finalist in this year's Texas Observer short story competition, judged by Fernando A. Flores, whose incredible The Tears of Trufflepig is out on MCD/FSG, too!
Thanks so much to Gayleen Rabakukk, Bethany Hegedus, and everyone else at The Writing Barn for another great class. Look forward to our 6-week short story workshop in January.
More October 2017
Pushcart 2018 Nomination
Thank you to Benjamin Schaefer & Joel Hans @Fairy Tale Review for nominating my story "Animal Fires" for a 2018 Pushcart. This year's winner of FTR Prose Contest, judged by Helen Oyeyemi, has been announced. Look forward to the next issue!
Upcoming events @ The Writing Barn:
Oct. 29 Do It Again: Conventions and Experiment in the Art of Revision
Six-Week Online Workshop starting in January 2018 http://www.thewritingbarn.com/class/short-story-fiction-workshop/
Thank you to Michael Noll & Beth Sample at the Writers' League of Texas for inviting me to teach Conventions and Experiments in Revising Novel and Memoirs.
+ I'll be teaming up with Open Skies Retreat for a special Inner Voice wellness retreat in Port Aransas, Texas, on September 21-24. Check it out here. Yoga, FeldenkraisⓇ Awareness Through Movement, watercolor workshops, and a beautiful weekend at the beach.
Fairy Tale Review's new Translucent Issue is out! This beautiful journal includes my short story "Animal Fires", which Kelly Link picked for FTR's annual prose contest. Purchase a copy here.
The Jan/Feb 2017 issue of The Kenyon Review, which features my short story "The Babymoon", is now available for purchase @ kenyonreview.org. The story is also currently posted on the website.
"The Babymoon" was a runner-up for the 2016 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize judged by Lord of Misrule and National Book Award-winning author, Jaimy Gordon.
Sean Redmond and the kind folks at fields magazine have nominated my short stories "Old Firs" and "Ocelots" for a 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Check out the latest issue of fields which features new fiction by Amy Gentry and an interview with Karan Mahajan.
Fairy Tale Review and Kelly Link named "Animal Fires", a ghost story I wrote last spring, the winner of the annual FTR fiction contest. The story will appear in the forthcoming 'Translucent' issue March 2017. "Six Beginnings for the End of the World", another one of my stories, was also named a finalist.
Kelly Link had this to say about "Animal Fires":
What a pleasure to read so many stories spanning so many genres and approaches toward genre and the world at large. In the end, “Animal Fires” is the one that lingered longest with me. It captures the tender and elusive nature of family in spare and vivid sentences. I was surprised at every turn in this story as it unfolded, as one is surprised by the symmetry and strangeness of a shape in nature. Real life rendered as a kind of waking dream, in which texture and incident and events, shifts in point of view and time period, take on long shadows and complicated meaning.
I'm a big fan of Kelly Link and her work and her kind words are very inspiring. Check out the poetry selection and the other finalists here.
Third Thursday Panel Discussion w/ Writers' League of Texas @ BookPeople 9.15.16 7 PM / free and open to public, join me and other local writers to discuss the purpose and role of sci-fi and fantasy in the twenty-first century. http://www.writersleague.org/25/Third-Thursday-
Interview and Writing Exercise w/ Michael Noll @ ReadToWriteStories.com
Leading 3-hr course Writing To Know The World @ The Writing Barn in Austin, TX 9.7.16 6:30 PM -9 PM / craft and philosophical inquiry into cultural, temporal, and spatial transcendence through fiction