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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Science Fiction Fairy Tales

Jilly Dreadful is putting together a reading list of science fiction fairy tales. How cool!

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Thank you, Jilly, for giving a shoutout to my story, “A Famine of Music.”

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Catherynne M. Valente is awesome. Another thing I might suggest for a SciFi fairy tales list: Ben Loory’s Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day.

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