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Make Things Happen: Writing Tips from an Eight-Year-Old

In the latest episode of my podcast, a misunderstanding leads me to interview an award-winning eight-year-old author and her younger sister. Later, their father reveals how his own childhood trauma has informed their creativity. The younger sister then rounds things... Continue Reading →

New Story in Apiary

Regular readers of my blog may recall a recording of a short story of mine titled "Madrid" that I posted back in March after a live reading with my friends Tim Simmons and Dave Calamaro. Today I'm pleased to announce... Continue Reading →

Public Displays of Affectation

In addition to working on my own writing, I've been helping my friend Shaun Haurin with a collection of short stories titled Public Displays of Affectation. It's the last book I'll be working on for PS Books, and I've had... Continue Reading →

A Classroom Visit

Last week, I had the privilege of fielding some questions from the students in a colleague's Women in Literature course. They were reading "My Life as an Abomination," a short story in which a young woman explores her sexual identity.... Continue Reading →

Shot of Fiction with Your Coffee?

I've been a fan of Kristen Solecki's art ever since it started appearing in Philadelphia Stories magazine a few years back. In fact, I'm such a fan that I asked if I could use one of her pieces for the... Continue Reading →

More Than Just a Drinking Game

Let’s get it out in the open: Don DeLillo’s The Angel Esmerelda makes for a great drinking game. If you take a shot every time a character in this collection reaches in vain for a word or ponders its origins,... Continue Reading →

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