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12 September 2014:

I’m proud to have two poems up at Sequestrum magazine: “Melancholy Between Bedsheets” and “Instructions (as to Winnowing)”

1 September 2014:

It’s a long Labor Day weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to read some short fiction.  Luckily, I have just the thing for you: I’m honored to have my short-short story, “Catechism,” in the premiere issue of the Tahoma Literary Review.  You can download the PDF here, and you can also order a Kindle version — or a print version! — here.  If you’re driving to a bar-b-que, there’s a way to get the story without driving while reading, which is dangerous — you can check out the Tahoma Literary Review‘s SoundCloud page here, and a recording of my reading here.

25 August 2014:

It’s been a good month, to say the least, and I’m incredibly honored, humbled, and proud to announce that my micro-essay, “About My Tenth Year As A Human Being,” was named the winner of the Flash Nonfiction category for Prime Number Magazine Awards.  Judge Dinty Moore writes: “The author tells a complex, compelling coming of age story with humor and surprise primarily though a listing of intimate details. Clever, original, and emotionally-charged, with a distinctive voice.”

I’m also excited to say that my short-short story, “Before She Was A Memory I Remember,” was a finalist in the Flash Fiction category.

You can learn more about the contest — and Prime Number Magazine! — here.

21 August 2014:

I am proud-beyond-proud, honored-beyond-honored, and humbled-beyond-humbled to announce that my poem, “It was no more predictable,” was chosen as the winner of the Spoon River Poetry Review‘s 2014 Editor’s Prize Contest.  This means that I’ll be heading to Blooming, Illinois to read in the Lucia Getsi Reading Series in April of 2015.  As an added bonus, my poem “My little apparition, my little ghost” (the title of which actually came from an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories) was chosen as an Honorable Mention.  You can find more information about the Prize and the Reading Series on the Spoon River Poetry Review’s website.

13 August 2014:

TURN DOWN FOR WHAT Update: Read Stephen McClurg’s awesomazing (yeah, I just made that word happen) refusal to turn down here!

The marvelously amazing Chantel Acevedo and I kicked off our TURN DOWN FOR WHAT Writers Blog tour today.  You can find Chantel’s answers here and my answers here.  Next week?  Another round of shots, of course!  At least, metaphorically — from Rachel Hawkins and Stephen McClurg.

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