After a really perfect, slow summer with just the right amount of teaching and just the right amount of editorial work to keep me going but not enough to get in the way of a brand-new writing project, things are definitely starting to get busy here this fall. Here are some bits of news!
Also very honored to have been invited to give a reading and a class at Medaille College, as a part of their Write Thing Reading Series. If any of you will happen to be in the Buffalo area on November 6-8, give me a holler!
Video now available of the DEADLY ICE STORM READING, the audience for which was a room full of die-hards who trekked through - - - well, nothing. The weather was fine, even though a dire ice storm forecast had been issued and we all thought we would probably die on the way home.
Anyway, we didn't. And the fabulous Tuesday Funk caught it all on video. Thank you, Andrew and Eden! Always the funnest reading in town.
So honored to be included in the 2018 Bridport Prize anthology with my tiny flash story, 'What Real Men Wish They Dreamed,' which was selected by judge Monica Ali as Third Prize for the flash fiction category. Anthologies are for sale here.
I'm looking forward to teaching a new class at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis this Fall. It's an online course, 6 weeks, and should be fun and useful for people at all stages in their writing.
How often does your writing SURPRISE you? When was the last time you thought of writing as PLAY? We know: The word STRUCTURE probably doesn't flood you with excitement. But there are ways to use playful writing structures—and the fertility of constraint—to infuse your work and your process with discovery, freshness, and—yes—play.
In this class, we'll read contemporary works and excerpts; take "x-rays" of their structures; figure out how and why and to what effect those constraints are being used; and then use them as springboards for our own creativity and work. Workshop will be exploratory and positive, with plenty of space for risk-free experimentation, and room for gro...
It's been a busy winter with lots of literary news! Here's a peek at what's been happening:
1. The biggest one is that I was notified earlier this month that my short story collection was named a Finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Obviously SUPER exciting. Hard at work now adding/subtracting/re-tooling.
2. I'm also incredibly thrilled to have been awarded (Co-) First Prize for the Kelly Barnhill Micro-fiction Contest--the very first fiction contest ever sponsored by The Book Stall (one of the absolute best bookstores in the Chicago area - with smartly curated stock and incredibly knowledgeable staff). I got to give a reading of my (300-word) story, along with co-winner Lisa Jenn Bigelow (whose story was fantastic) and Newberry Medalist Kelly Barnhill (also the judge of the contest). They'll be distributing broadsides of my little story at an event in April and I get to make a recommended reading list and lots of other fun stuff. Awesome, awesome, awesome.