1. Finally, my roommates’ years-long insistence that I watch Game of Thrones pays off. xoJane runs my version of participating in the cultural conversation: “Ygritte Is the Most Criminaly Underrated Character on Game of Thrones.“ I swear I will convince you.
2. Interview up at the wonderful Writers & Words website, a monthly reading series at Charmingtons. (In the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore. First Tuesdays.) I discuss Chekhov’s gun, among other writer-life things.
3. Three stories!
a) “Marguerite” in The Mississippi Review, about a fictional second uprising in Baltimore, one year after the first. (The real anniversary was about a month ago. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Nonviolence as Compliance” remains my favorite must-read on the subject.)
b) “Osmium Schwartz on Her Back” in The Georgia Review, about a girl with a hundred-pound heart.
c) “Sampson Grows His Hair” in Slice Magazine. Unfortunately no story link, as I gave my only copy to my sister. Pick up a copy if you see one. First lines: “My parents weren’t religious people, merely uncreative. When it came time to name their children, they flipped to a page and pointed.”
4. Look out this October for The Best Small Fictions 2016, an anthology of flash stories that includes my “The Solidarity of Fat Girls,” originally published in American Short Fiction. (Also includes Etgar Keret, for the higher-brow!)
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