AWP Readings

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!

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UC Trans Writ Large: Writing Difference

This Saturday, I’m reading in Cincinnati with Brenda Peynado, Ondrej Pazdirek, and Katie Knoll.

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For full conference information, you can find the program here.

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Sigma Tau Delta Convention 2015

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I had such a great time at the English Honor Society’s convention in Albuquerque. Thanks to everyone who came out for my craft talk, the reading at Bookworks, the bad poetry event, and the publishing panel. And thanks to everyone who bought books. If you asked me to sign it, I wrote something cryptic and weird above the signature for you. It will make more sense after you read the collection.

Highlights included Emily Rose Cole’s amazing poetry, all the great panels and readings, and the fact that my cab driver grew up with Rudolfo Anaya.

This is my eighth or ninth convention, and I always get so much out of the experience. We have the best students. You guys are amazing. Thank you, thank you.

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Calvino Prize Reading at UL

Thanks to everyone who came out for my reading and bought books at The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. The room was packed, and people asked great questions.

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Midwestern Friendly Reading Series

Thanks to Lauren Mallet and Purdue University for hosting the Midwestern Friendly Reading Series last weekend. All the readers were great, and I had a really good time.

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Review in Pleiades 35.1

Screenshot2015-01-03at1.00.56PMThe latest issue of Pleiades has a great story by Brenda Peynado, and a very kind review of Electricity and Other Dreams by Jennifer Schomburg Kanke. Here’s an excerpt from the review:

“The genre and the literary blend together without the seams showing as Hicks works his magic. Wether you want to think of him as Charles Dickens with tattooed chickens or a Grindhouse Aimee Bender, you’ll want to take a look at Electricity and Other Dreams to see what the changing face of contemporary literary fiction’s future looks like. ”

Also, this cover by Ryan McLennan is my new favorite thing. See more of his work here.

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The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

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I’m thrilled to be reading at The Louisville Conference on February 27th. Hope to see you there!

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Lit Genius – The Best Books We Read in 2014

Thanks so much to Kim Davis for giving Electricity and Other Dreams an end of year shout-out in Lit Genius.

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Calvino Prize in Fiction

Huge thanks to Judge Robert Coover, all the readers, and the creative writing program at the University of Louisville for selecting my story, “Flight of the Crow Boys,” as this year’s winner of the Calvino Prize.

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This is a really big deal to me. I think I’ve been entering this contest every year for five years now. I love Italo Calvino’s work (his story, “The Distance of the Moon,” is pretty much perfect). So, to say the least, I’m over the moon to have won this prize.

Congratulations to Alisa Alering, David James Poissant, and all the finalists.

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UC Reading Series

I really enjoyed designing flyers and participating in UC’s graduate reading series this fall. Can’t wait for more awesome fiction, poetry, and essay readings in the spring.

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