The latest updates.
I’m running a free 1 hour Zoom class to raise money for Feeding Southwest Virginia. The class will be April 25 at 2 pm. EST. Make a donation to Feeding SW VA, send me a receipt of your donation through a message through my Contact page and I’ll send you the link and materials for the class. We’ll be talking about sensory detail, reading a Cheever story and doing fun in-class exercises. Here’s a link to donate. Message me with any questions! https://www.faswva.org/
My short story, “The Cell Phones,” which appears in my collection “The New Order,” was just reprinted by Weston magazines.
I loved being part of a panel with Aleksander Hemon and Chris Beckett, moderated by Dolores Resano, at the Museum of Literature in Dublin on December 14, discussing “What to Write and Read in the Age of Trump.” I discussed the journal Scoundrel Time, where I’m Fiction Editor, and shared some of our journal’s wonderful work.
I was thrilled to be a Keynote speaker on December 14, 2019, at the Clinton Institute of American Studies at the University of Dublin for the conference, “Alternative Realities: New Challenges for American Literature in the Age of Trump.” My talk was: “Fiction as Warning, Witness and Mirror: Reading from Stories from The New Order.”
“Refund” was discussed in an essay, “Fictions of Human Capital; Or, Redemption in Neoliberal Times,” by Christian P. Haines, in the essay collection, “Neoliberalism and Contemporary American Literature” edited by Liam Kennedy and Stephen Shapiro.
“Where to Hide in the Synagogue,” originally published in Epiphany magazine, and included in The New Order, is a Special Mention in Fiction in Pushcart Prize 2020.
Here is the cover for the paperback issue of The New Order. It will be available November, 2019!
In an interview with Book Marks, Donna Seaman, editor of Booklist, says that “The New Order” “so incisively and unnervingly captures the newest forms of tyranny.” You can read the interview here.
I’ll be teaching a one-day class, “Strategies for Starting Your Short Story,” at Catapult NYC June 2, 1-5 pm. You can find out more and enroll here: lhttps://catapult.co/classes/1-day-fiction-master-class-exploring-strategies-for-story-beginnings?tab=about