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New story, “The Extra Child,” in Image Journal

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I’m excited to have a new story, “The Extra Child,” in this issue of Image Journal. You can read the story here.

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Like Normal People included in Los Angeles Times’ list of Books to Find the Real America

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My novel, “Like Normal People,” was included in Susan Straight’s map of 1,001 novels to read to find the real America. You can see the list here. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2023-05-28/american-novels-1001-literary-geography-map-states

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Interview about the role of image in fiction with Pakistan’s The News on Sunday

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I spoke with writer Muhammed Sheeraz Dasti about the role of image in writing fiction for the newspaper The News on Sunday in Pakistan. You can read the interview here

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“The Elevator” appears in new anthology, “Love in the Time of Time’s Up.”

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My story “The Elevator,” which appeared in Guernica and in my collection The New Order, is included in an anthology, “Love in the Time of Time’s Up,” published by Tortoise Books. You can buy the anthology here.

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Word for Word theater in SF performing my story “Eternal Love” Sept. 4

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Word for Word theater, at Z Space in San Francisco, will perform my story “Eternal Love,” on September 4. This will be the first time my story has been performed with neurodiverse actors. The story is part of my novel, … Continue reading

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Visiting Associate Professor for the MFA program at SUNY Stony Brook

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I’m thrilled to be joining the MFA program at SUNY Stony Brook as a Visiting Associate Professor, part-time. You can find out more about the program here. https://www.stonybrook.edu/southampton/mfa/cwl/

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A new story, “Messengers,” appears in The Yale Review.

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The Yale Review published a new story, “Messengers,” in the summer 2022 issue. You can read the story here.

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Bookriot includes “Where to Hide in a Synagogue” in list of Best Short Stories

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Bookriot included my story “Where to Hide in a Synagogue,” in a list of 34 of the “Best Short Stories of All Time.” You can read the list of all the stories here: https://bookriot.com/best-short-stories-of-all-time/.

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Teaching course for SUNY Stony Brook MFA program Spring 2022

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I’m excited to teach a course, “From Realism to Surrealism to Speculative: Developing Strangeness in Your Work” for the MFA program at SUNY Stony Brook this spring. Details here. https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/southampton/mfa/cwl/courses_spring_2022

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“The Shame Exchange” in anthology, “Twenty Twenty: A Stories on Stage Anthology.”

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My short story, “The Shame Exchange,” which first appeared in The Yale Review, will be reprinted in a new anthology, “Twenty Twenty: A Stories on Stage Sacramento Anthology,” including stories inspired by the year 2020. You can buy the anthology … Continue reading

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