Review: ‘The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told’ by Jean Thompson

My review of Jean Thompson’s new collection is up now at Chicago Tribune.

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storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Story

Just noticed that my story, “Repairing the Robot,” has made the notable stories list for the 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award.

Thanks to Jason Sanford, the contest readers, and the nominators!

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Reading on October 23rd at Northside Tavern


Lots of great readings next week in Cincinnati:

Elizabeth Stuckey-French & Patricia Henley giving a talk and reading from their new book, Where Wicked Starts, October 2oth, 7PM, at Joseph Beth Booksellers

Ann Valente reading from her new book, By Light We Knew Our Names, October 21st, 7PM, at Joseph Beth Booksellers. See my brief Amazon review here.

Gwen E. Kirby, James Ellenberger, Brenda Peynado, and Micah Dean Hicks reading fiction and poetry, October 23rd, 7PM, at Northside Tavern

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My short essay on teaching and empathy was recently published in the English Honor Society’s Fall Newsletter.

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Chicago Tribune


This ran a week or two ago, but I just got my contributor copies of “The Book of Locusts” in Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal. Really excited to have my story published here. Here’s the first paragraph of the story:


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Short Fiction: “The Alligators’ Gods”


My story, “The Alligators’Gods,” (originally published by Indiana Review) was featured recently over at LitRagger. Here’s a sample from the story:

They had little alligators, dog-sized alligators, and big alligators. They tied them down across the hood of the truck, tied a few across the top. They draped rope over the sides and artfully knotted alligators into slings along the back fenders. Little ones were strung up behind the tires like mud-flaps, and one was even tied across the dash, its tail hanging out the window.


Link to the whole thing right here.

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decomP magazinE Review of Electricity and Other Dreams

Spencer Dew over at decomP magazinE wrote an amazing review of Electricity and Other Dreams for the August issue. This might be my favorite one to date:

“To embody the fairytale, to crawl into that space, sticky with candy and blood, curl up fetus-like and light up a mentholated smoke… Or, to phrase it another way, to birth the fairytale into our own world, to scrape a gaff against its side and drag the whole thing out, wet and mewling, a weird marriage of worlds… This is what Hicks does, or both of these, a kind of monstrous stitching, back and forth.”

Man, now I just want to go read something by Dew!

You can find the full thing here:

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