Dog Ear Books Signing and Reading

We have a new book store in Russellville, AR, and it’s amazing. Thanks to Emily Young at Dog Ear Books for inviting me to do a signing in December and a reading in January.


You can find Dog Ear Books on the web at

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“The Bone Oven” Pushcart Nomination


Thanks to the editors of Yemassee for nominating my story, “The Bone Oven,” for a Pushcart Prize. Congratulations to all the nominees!

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“Parking Lot Punk Rock” Pushcart Nomination


Big thanks to Editor Paul Haney and the staff of Redivider for nominating my story, “The Parking Lot Punk Rock Cremation of John Purdie,” for a Pushcart Prize. Congratulations to the other nominees!

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“The Deer” Pushcart Nomination


My story, “The Deer,” appears in the new issue of Arts & Letters. Big thanks to the readers and to judge Kate Christensen for selecting the story. I’m also grateful that the editors nominated the story for a Pushcart Prize. You can find the whole story in issue 33, but here’s the first page:


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“The Bone Oven” in Yemassee


My story, “The Bone Oven,” was runner-up in Yemassee Journal‘s fiction contest. Big thanks to the editors, readers, and to contest judge Claire Vaye Watkins.


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Eckleburg Reading Series

I had such a great time at the Eckleburg Reading series in Frederick, Maryland. We had poetry from Lauren Hilger and Mark Jones, music from Limestone Connection, and other readings from our open mic participants.


Big thanks to Eckleburg Editor Rae Bryant for inviting me and for recording video.

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Yemassee Interview: 7 Questions with Micah Dean Hicks

Thanks to the editors at Yemassee for doing this interview with me. I talk about throwing away drafts as a revision strategy, Arkansas as a mythical landscape, and watching other people play video games on the internet.

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Saint Josiah the Loveless

Back in July, my story “Saint Josiah the Loveless” was published in Chicago Tribune‘s Printers Row Magazine. The story was a finalist for the annual Nelson Algren prize.


The magazine is available digitally to Chicago Tribune subscribers.

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The Carpenter and the Beast of Teeth

My story, “The Carpenter and the Beast of Teeth,” appears in the latest issue of Territory.

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There are a lot of great writers in this issue, and the editors are doing some exciting things with design. Check out Kelly Luce’s sad, beautiful story, “Cross-Section, West Texas,” about a woman whose dentist finds an old love infecting her tooth.

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Essay in The New York Times

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This morning, I had an essay in The New York Times‘ Lives column. The essay appears in the magazine insert and also online.

Huge thanks to the editors for believing in the essay and offering great edits. Also, a big thank you to Melinda Josie for the great piano illustration.

I’ve never had so many people read my work before, which is exciting! But I’ve also never gotten incoherent hate-mail from strangers before, which is less exciting.

I imagine that people like Roxane Gay and Arthur Chu, who write really well about difficult and controversial things, must get a lot of unfriendly mail. I have so much respect for what they do.

Thanks to everyone who chimed in to offer congratulations or to let me know that they enjoyed the essay. It means a lot.

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