My back against crinkle on vinyl and feet stirruped and suspended, the doctor inspects my abdomen for hair.
“Sideshow,” clocking in at a whooping 273 words, can be found here.
My short story, “Lake,” is being published in the Winter 2013 issue of Schuylkill Valley Journal. This is the story for which I was nominated for the Pushcart. SVJ is a very high quality print journal that has published some of my favorite writers in the Delaware Valley area.
I’ll be reading from my story at the issue’s launch on December 8, 2013. You can find more information on the Events page, or contact me for details.
I just found out that I’ve been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Several years ago, I read something Jane Smiley had said that really resonated with me. Unfortunately I can’t locate it now, but she said something along the lines of, young people/writers aren’t ambitious enough. Her goal as a younger writer had been to have a long career and write lots of books, and she achieved that goal.
Since then I’ve had kind of an informal mental list of lofty, potentially impossible goals. They included the following:
-write a really great short story
-publish a short story in a large circulation magazine or journal
-write and publish a novel
-have a long career publishing many novels, and…
-somewhere along the way, get nominated for a Pushcart.
Suddenly those other goals don’t seem as impossible as they once did.
Look for my short story, “Lake,” in the Fall 2013 issue of Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts! SVJ is an excellent local literary journal that consistently publishes high quality fiction. “Lake” will be my first published short story, so I’m very excited. There will be a reading to celebrate the publication of the journal in November.
More details to follow, and more information on SVJ here.
On Tuesday, August 6th, I’ll be a featured reader for Palabras on Passyunk, Elizabeth Spencer’s great new reading series in south Philadelphia. We’ll be at Red Hook Coffee and Tea, 765 S. 4th Street.
Why you should come:
-Fiction! Poetry! I’ll be reading with poets Warren Longmire and Clinton Smith will read poetry. So, something for everyone!
-Preview of my story “Lake,” about to be published this winter, and perhaps some other new stories.
-Open mic. If you like to write, bring a short piece to read at the end of the night.
-Yummy food at the Red Hook Coffee and Tea.
-Free wine and beer. Because why not?
More information is available under the Events tab under News. Hope to see you there!