They’re here! The advance reader copies of Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down have arrived and they are gorgeous. It’s thrilling to see this novel come into being, and the book officially releases on October 4. Reviewers, please be in touch if you’d like a review copy sent your way!
As my first year at Santa Fe University of Art and Design wraps up, during which I had the honor of serving as faculty advisor to the Creative Writing and Literature Department’s student literary journal, I’m delighted to share the newly minted 2016 issue of Glyph, published by Santa Fe University Press. Released this week with our Glyph Gala on Tuesday night and a contributor reading last night at Collected Works in downtown Santa Fe, the issue is beautifully designed and full of excellent student poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The team of five student editors and graphic designer were a pleasure to work with this year, and I’m very proud of their work and dedication. It’s been a great first year, and happy summer to all!
I’m thrilled to have a new short piece of fiction, “A Personal History of Arson,” in the new Spring 2016 issue of Puerto del Sol. The issue is absolutely gorgeous (look at that cover!) and features work by Brandi Wells, Matthew Salesses, Jac Jemc, Lucas Southworth, Dan Beachy-Quick, and many others. Thank you to editors Savannah Johnson and Evan Lavender-Smith for including my work in such a beautiful issue!
I’m delighted to have a feature review in the newest issue of Pleiades, “From Ruins to Redemption: On Building Back Beyond Disaster,” which compares and contrasts Matt Bell’s Scrapper, Claire Vaye Watkins’ Gold Fame Citrus and Jill Talbot’s The Way We Weren’t. Though the former two are novels and the latter a memoir, all three grapple with the question of how one moves on past catastrophe. It was a pleasure to read and analyze these three excellent books, and I’m grateful to reviews editors B.J. Hollars and Brett Beach for publishing this review! It is a gorgeous issue and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it.
I’m delighted to share the cover of my forthcoming novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, which is now available for pre-order. The official release date is October 4, and I’m so grateful to Margaux Weisman and the entire team at William Morrow for such a beautiful cover design. Very much looking forward to sharing this book with readers in October!
The latest online issue of Barrelhouse is live, an entire issue devoted to the 90s that features a collaboration between me and Joshua Finnell, “Contributors’ Notes to Frosted Tips Review: A Journal of Literature and Art.” This is our third collaborative piece, one we had fun writing together from two laptops in the same room editing the same Google Document. The issue also includes new work by Kevin Maloney, Jennifer Austin, Lucian Mattison and many others. Thanks so much for Barrelhouse and editor Erin Fitzgerald for letting us indulge in our joint love of 90s pop culture!
Michael Czyzniejewski, author of Elephants in Our Bedroom, Chicago Stories and I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life, has created a website called Story366 where he reads one short story each day. I worked with Mike when he was editor of Mid-American Review at Bowling Green State University, and this week his website is featuring short stories by BG writers.
Among posts about short fiction by Anthony Doerr, Monica McFawn and David James Keaton, among others, I’m honored to be included in this write-up of “By Light We Knew Our Names,” the title piece of my short story collection. Thanks, Mike, for including me in this excellent project! And for saying such nice things about the story and my work. I’m very proud to be a BG writer, and excited to be included in this week’s selection of stories by Bowling Green alums.
Ninth Letter’s new Midwestern Writers issue is live this week and includes my short story, “Lullaby for Bullfrog,” a piece broken into classified sections of Missouri’s sixteen frog species. Even though I’m out west now, I’m tremendously proud to be featured in this issue spotlighting Midwestern writers, including work by Katie Jean Shinkle, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Adam Prince, Emily Skaja, and many others. Thank you so much to Matthew Minicucci for including my work!
Bowling Green State University’s MFA program has also put together a stellar short video highlighting everything the program offers, featuring brief interviews with myself, Lawrence Coates and Matt Bell. Thanks to Jenelle Clausen and Erika Schnepp for putting it together!
Happy 2016! My first week of January has been spent editing my debut novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, which will release from William Morrow/HarperCollins this October. Many thanks to fiction editor Brian Trapp at Memorious for including it on his Anticipated Books of 2016 list. I’m so excited that the year is here!
ELKE: A Little Journal, a new online magazine out of Arizona, was kind enough to feature an interview with me in their inaugural issue. Thank you to editor Eli Tubbs for including me in this issue alongside new fiction, poetry and non-fiction from many other wonderful writers.
Lastly, registration is now open for The Southeast Review’s 30-Day Writer’s Regimen, for which I’m joining Sarah Blake, Christian Kiefer and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho in offering craft talks to writers of all genres. Registration is open until February 1 and will provide writers with 30 days of daily emails including prompts, talks, advice and inspiration. The perfect way to start 2016!
The Winter 2016 issue of The Cincinnati Review is out and includes my review of Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, the title of which is taken from a line within the novel. Each CR issue includes one book reviewed multiple times to present a wide variety of commentary, and this issue includes reviews by Rion Amilcar Scott and Tom Williams on Beatty’s book as well. I’m happy to be included in this chorus of voices, and to have the chance to discuss this excellent book. The issue also includes fiction from Michael Byers, Josh Russell, Wendy Rawlings and others, and poetry from Adam Giannelli, Rebecca Hazelton and Okla Elliott.
In other exciting news, Bull City Press will soon be releasing my chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics, originally published with Origami Zoo Press. OZP is unfortunately closing its doors at the end of this year, but editor Rebecca King has joined Bull City as an associate editor, and I couldn’t be more excited to work with her, director Ross White, and the other editors at Bull City.
I also just learned this week that my short story, “The Lost Caves of St. Louis,” originally published in Redivider, was selected by Lee Martin for inclusion in New Stories from the Midwest 2015. Many thanks to series editor Jason Lee Brown for including my work in the anthology!
Lastly, a craft talk of mine will be featured in The Southeast Review’s Writer’s Regimen this spring. SER conducts a 30-day regimen of daily writing prompts, craft talks and inspiration for writers leading up the release of each spring and fall issue, and I’m delighted to be included among this spring’s regimen beginning February 1. Registration opens December 15 and includes craft talks by Sarah Blake, Christian Kiefer, and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho as well.