Archive for October, 2011

2011 St. Lawrence Book Award Finalist

Posted: October 26, 2011 in News, Stories

My short story collection Walking on the Moon has been chosen as a finalist for the 2011 St. Lawrence Book Award (visit their blog for a list of all finalists) from Black Lawrence Press. Congratulations to all of the other finalists!

NPR’s Three-Minute Fiction

Posted: October 23, 2011 in News, Stories

Listen here to the October 23 broadcast of All Things Considered in which Danielle Evans discusses my “three-minute” story “Ocean Child” as a favorite in the ongoing Three-Minute Fiction contest.

Read the story here.

The Book of Freaks by Jamie Iredell

The Book of Freaks by Jamie Iredell

Excerpted from my review in H.O.W.

Freaks, an encyclopedia of the everyday, does not allow for the standard book review. There is no sequence of events with which to unfold narrative and pull us through a summary review. There is no life to examine, unless we consider all life, for Freaks is that kind of book—a panorama that swings between the lines of American life. There is no obvious theme, unless you go for everything, e.g., “a connected series of conclusions deduced from self-evident or previously discovered principles.” There is no protagonist to root for, no lush setting to calm us. How does one then assess an entry like this sample from the B section, “Big Legs,” which begins: “Breached out the birth canal massive legs first, legs like gas planets, in leg-shape” and follows with metaphors in which her big legs become Studebakers? Is this poetry? Fiction?

We read on out of simple curiosity, like Alice down her rabbit hole.