I have a new short essay in the latest issue of Brevity Magazine. It’s about chickens, fire, good boots, and the land of the dead.
I recently signed on with Kerry D’Agostino of Curtis Brown, Ltd. She also represents Anne Valente, a friend and great writer. I’m thrilled to be working with Kerry. Hopefully, more news in the coming months.
I think everything is signed and all official-like, so now I can say that I’m excited to be joining the English and World Languages department at Arkansas Tech University as an assistant professor, teaching creative writing in their BFA program (among other courses). The faculty and students I’ve met so far have already been amazing. Can’t wait to get started in a few weeks.
My review of CJ Hauser’s moving debut novel, The From-Aways, is in the current issue of Pleiades.
I first came across Hauser’s work when I read her short story, “A Bad Year for Apples,” in TriQuarterly.
You can find more about Hauser and her work at CJHauser.com
Thanks to Kate Lechler for running my short essay, “Elite Groups in SFF,” in her column over at FantasyLiterature.com.
In the essay, I look at the similarities between elite groups of warriors in everything from Stars Wars, to Dune, to Avatar, to Game of Thrones, and I talk about why we get so invested in these characters to begin with.
This past Saturday, I got married in a bookstore! Thanks to Joseph-Beth Booksellers, our friends and families, and to Brenda.
Hat-tip to Katie Farley for all the amazing pictures. I think this one might be my favorite.
I’m so thrilled that Kelly Link chose my story, “Ghost Jeep,” as winner of Sycamore Review‘s Wabash Prize in Fiction. I’ve been a fan of Link’s work for a long time. She’s one of the finest storytellers we have, and I’m grateful that she would like one of my stories.
This story is important to me for a lot of reasons. It draws a lot on my teenage years driving around rural Arkansas in my best friend’s Jeep Cherokee. There’s a lot of home in it. And after reading this story at Southern Arkansas University’s Youth Writing Festival and getting such a great response from the attendees, I’m happy that it found such a good home.
Here are Link’s comments on the story:”What a pleasure to read a ghost story in which it is the ghosts who are haunted by the living. This story had the structure of an urban (suburban?) legend that, rendered in the third person plural, gained back some of its strangeness. The ghosts, doomed to go down their roads and town in plural perpetuity, are mirrored by the town (also an entity made up of many) which haunts and is haunted by them. The girl, on the other hand, is nicely sketched in as something singular. Why is she drawn toward dangerous roads and the dead? Honestly, I’m happier not to know. Isn’t that what adolescence is about? Looking for people who won’t judge you, and exits from the place that you don’t want to be anymore? The rules of the supernatural are also nicely clear, and the story feels grounded in coherent details of life, and how we regret the things that were done to us as well as the things that we are no longer capable of doing.”
You can find the official announcement here.
Last Thursday, I got to read a ghost story alongside Brenda Peynado who read an alien story. Thanks to Brooks Rexroat for making it happen and to all our friends who came out.
I have a couple of off-site readings scheduled at AWP next week, one through New American Press and one through the Cambridge Writers Workshop.
Looking forward to seeing lots of old friends and great writers in Minneapolis!
This Saturday, I’m reading in Cincinnati with Brenda Peynado, Ondrej Pazdirek, and Katie Knoll.
For full conference information, you can find the program here.