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A Beginner’s Guide to Publishing

If you’re just here for the publishing handout and would prefer not to read my rambling lamentations about leaving teaching, here ya go! This summer will be the first summer since I turned 21 that I won’t be readying syllabi for my fall courses. The details are complex and, frankly, boring, but after a lot of thought, my partner […]

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AWP 2014 & Recent Web Work Round-up

I will not be in Seattle for AWP this year, but my books will be! You can get a copy of Why We Never Talk About Sugar, my collection of short stories, at the Braddock Avenue Books table. Or, you can grab a copy of my brand new chapbook, This Will Be His Legacy, from Lettered […]

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Updates.

I’ve got some new work out in the world. Here’s what’s new: An essay in the new issue of Third Coast called “Other Aubreys I Have Known.” It’s about me…kind of. It’s about recognizing myself in other people. Here’s an excerpt: Aubrey #1 I don’t know her real name, but she is me, sort of. My […]

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Some Things.

A new story from my series of counterfactual biographies went up at Cobalt. It’s about Rachel Garrett, the only (ever) female captain of the USS Enterprise. Yes, it’s about Star Trek. I am not ashamed. I wrote a column on learning about your own process for FFC. Have you checked out Exits Are yet? This […]

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The Micro Award

Today I have exciting news to share! I’m the runner-up for the 2012 Micro Award! I finished right behind the fantastic Bruce Holland Rogers. The Micro Award is given annually to the judges’ favorite piece of flash fiction published in the previous year. You can read all about it and the winner and finalists here. […]

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Stripped & PANK “Science & Fiction” Special Issue

Happy New Year! Here are a couple of literary things to help you start 2012 off right! First, there’s a new anthology out called Stripped: A Collection of Anonymous Flash. I’ve got a story in it, alongside Sherrie Flick, Randall Brown, Michael Martone, Roxane Gay, Devan Goldstein, Kathy Fish, Ethel Rohan, J Bradley, Amber Sparks, […]

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Blurbs!

Going through the publication process with my first book is teaching me a lot. For example, when I sent the book out for blurbs, I discovered a brand new blend of excitement and mortal terror that I think only exists when you’re showing other people your book for the first time. I spent a harrowing […]

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Cool Things!

Two things: First, big news! My short story collection, Why We Never Talk About Sugar, is going to be released this spring by Big Wonderful Press. The collection has 13 stories in it. Some of them have been published in places like PANK, Annalemma, Hobart, Vestal Review and Whiskey Island Magazine. And others are brand […]

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New Story: Albert Arnold Gore

This month, a story of mine is being featured as American Short Fiction‘s web exclusive. There’s a also an interview with me on their blog. “Albert Arnold Gore” is the latest in my series of counterfactual biographies. It’s actually three mini-stories that make up one complete story. Before this one, all of these stories had […]

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Fighting Title-Block

My FFC column this month is inspired by this post by Thomas Kearnes, where he discusses his five favorite and least favorite titles. I think we all struggle with finding the right title for a story at some time or another. The title is the story’s first impression and there are naturally feelings of pressure […]

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