28 January, 2014
My story “Upper Middle Class Houses” that Third Coast nominated for the Pushcart Prize earned a special mention. If I was saying all the right things, I would say that I was honored and humbled, but actually I was honored and felt like a freaking rock star. I’m quite sure that I was positively insufferable in the days afterwards because I couldn’t stop telling anyone who would listen about how amazing I felt to be included–if even in a back index–in such a respected award anthology, in the same book as such great authors and poets. Thank you, Third Coast and the Pushcart Prize for believing that my story deserved recognition. Now that I’ve had some time to get over myself, I am truthfully humbled.
My story, “Lady Killers,” just went live over at Whole Beast Rag! I’m so excited to be a part of this smart, edgy, playful new journal. Like my beloved Nashville Review, they’re stretching outside the box to feature music. HOW COOL IS THAT. This ain’t yer Mama’s lit mag. Check it out, y’all.
12 November 2012
First of all, today is my dad’s birthday. Happy birthday, Dad! And second, Third Coast is nominating my story “Upper Middle Class Houses” from their Spring issue for a Pushcart Prize! This is my first Pushcart nomination and very exciting news, indeed. Third Coast is also nominating the story for inclusion in the New Stories from the Midwest anthology, which is amazing. I’m so honored to be nominated for both these wonderful things, and by such an incredible magazine. Thank you, Third Coast!
30 August 2012
Okay, this one I didn’t know of beforehand like I did BASS, but “Last Dog” is also notable in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012!!!! Apparently, I did real well with that one story.
30 August 2012
My story “Last Dog,” published in Hunger Mountain no. 16, has been listed as notable in Best American Short Stories 2012! Needless to say, this is an amazing honor–one that I didn’t think I’d reach for years to come, or ever. Check it out, that’s my name beside T.C. Boyle, Amy Bloom, and Tom Bissell:
Infinite thanks to Miciah Bay Gault and the editors at Hunger Mountain for believing in and publishing my story, and to Tom Perrotta and Best American Short Stories for reading it and finding it notable. You can read “Last Dog” online at Hunger Mountain here. And now I will go sit in the sun while my brain quietly explodes.
16 May 2012
The author visit with me is up atHunger Mountain!In which I talk about the inspiration for “Last Dog,” my writing process or lack thereof, Aimee Bender, and, briefly, human leather.
15 MAY 2012
Hunger Mountain has posted my story “Last Dog,” originally published in their print issue back in the fall, online! I love this for reasons you can read about in this blog entry. Also, this story will supposedly be getting some pretty awesome and prestigious love soon, which I can’t reveal yet, because it’s apparently pretty good. So, quick, go read it! Also, they’ll be posting a short interview with me soon, so stay tuned for that.
24 APRIL 2012
The Spring 2012 issue of Third Coast came in the mail today with my story “Upper Middle Class Houses” inside of it! There’s nothing quite like seeing your work in print. I’m so excited to be a part of this great publication, and I am immediately reading the whole thing, cover to cover. Go here to order yourself a copy so you can, too.
14 APRIL 2012
Way back in November, the good people over at Vouched said nice things about my story “Male Seeking Female” that appeared at Annalemma, but I didn’t have a website back then on which to gush about how cool it is to find out people like something you created, so I’m doing that now. That ‘s really cool, guys! Really cool. Thanks so much! I like you guys, too. 🙂