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  • AWP 2012: Random Quotes

    AWP is the biggest writers conference held each year in America. Writers, publishers, professors, MFA students, CW undergrads, literary journals, agents, and editors all converge on one destination. This year was Chicago. Below are some random quotes I heard, or perhaps said, over the four-day period: “I’m Margaret Atwood. Where’s my suckling pig?” “I’m the…

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  • An Interview with Katie Fallon

    I recently completed another writer interview for The Minnesota Review. This time it was with the nonfiction writer, Katie Fallon. Click on the book to visit her publisher:

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  • An Interview with Rachel Ida Buff

    The spring semester I’m the fiction editor for the literary journal, The Minnesota Review. Last year, when I was also an editor, we accepted Rachel Ida Buff’s essay, “Duluth.” Recently, for the journal’s website, I interviewed her. You can find it here.

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  • Best American Short Stories: Part 6

    Pre-1978 The Best American Short Story series had a single editor. For decades, from 1915 to 1941, Edward O’Brien fulfilled this role. After his death, Martha Foley took over. Raymond Carver mentions Foley’s importance for American short fiction during his superb 1983 interview with The Paris Review: INTERVIEWER Is it true—a friend of yours told…

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  • Best American Short Stories: Part 5

    The Best American Short Stories 1988 was a strange collection of work. From Raymond Carver’s “Errand” (a story of almost all summary and filled with a heavy dose of biographical material taken from Henry Troyat’s Chekhov) to Majorie Sandor’s enigmatic “Still Life,” there was a wide berth of subject matter, character, and thematic emphasis. Interestingly,…

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  • End-of-Year: The Atticus Review

    Earlier this year, The Atticus Review published my flash fiction, “Dear Id.” Now, they have created this great end-of-year image, which details all the fine contributors of 2011. Some wonderful pieces are available to read on their website, and it’s free!  

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  • The New River

    The New River, Issue 23, Fall 2011 Virginia Tech’s The New River: a Journal of Digital Writing and Art is proud to announce the publication of our newest issue.  Thematically centered on collaboration, this edition features work, such as audio-visual poetry, a surreal campus map, interactive digital narrative, script-fueled poem generators, and a transnational exploration…

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  • Pay and the Short Story

    In 1927, Ernest Hemingway was paid two hundred dollars for his short story, “The Killers.” The story appeared in Scribner’s Magazine and is considered by scholars to be his first mature work. Over his career, the income from his stories only went up. Today, the situation is rather different. Whatever the cause of the decline…

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  • In Hope We Find This Nation

    After a couple of years in waiting, one of the strangest stories I ever wrote was recently published by Chamber Four. You can check the story out here. The entire journal can be downloaded for free in several digital formats or indeed in the form of a print copy.

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  • New Poem

    My poem, “AM Radio Taught Me How To Say Goodbye,” appears in the new issue of The Quotable. Pick up an issue here or here.      

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