Tag Archives: Flash fiction

Game of Thrones, Interview, Stories

Ygritte

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 Reviewabout 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 2016an 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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Mississippi Review contest, Cosmonauts Avenue

My story “Marguerite” will appear this summer as the first-place winner of the Mississippi Review fiction contest.  This one is very dear to my heart; it’s about a fictional second uprising in Baltimore that takes place one year after the first.  (The real-life anniversary will be next month.  Good to note, too, that April of 1968 also saw riots in Baltimore after the MLK assassination.  These cycles are likely to continue as long as systemic inequity continues.)

And currently up at Cosmonauts Avenue is “Courage,” a supershort that begins: “Once I dated a boy named courage. I should have kissed him a hundred thousand more times.”

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Kenyon Review story out now

My story, “Black Harness,” is out in this month’s Kenyon Review and online here.  This one’s about a Jewish girl, a German boy, a concentration camp, and some blood.  Not light reading, per se, but fairly short!

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Updates: Glimmer Train, HuffPo, Kenyon Review

A few updates and new pieces to read — 

1. The spring/summer Glimmer Train has dropped, including my story, “Even Angels Are Astonished.”  I’ve posted a short excerpt here.

2. I’ve got a new essay in this week’s Glimmer Train bulletin, on Narrative Arc in the Novel.

3. The Huffington Post has named “The Solidarity of Fat Girls” one of its 12 super short stories you can read in a flash.

4. The Kenyon Review has announced its short fiction contest winners, chosen (and commented on!) by one of my all-time favorite authors, Ann Patchett.  My story, “Black Harness,” is forthcoming this winter.

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