posted Apr 22, 2015 12:29 pm
Michael Martrich wrote a totally gorgeous and insightful review of Great Divide that make me feel like this book-writing racket isn't so bad. It's really more of an essay about the oceanic nature of the twentieth-first-century end times, if that sweetens the pot for anyone. Read it here!
posted Feb 6, 2015 04:26 pm
ENTER>text is one of the most innovative and exciting reading series in LA or anywhere else, and I am endlessly grateful to the curators (Henry Hoke and Marco DiDomenico) for letting me be part of it. Now, the first three years in the life of the series have been documented in this totally gorgeous book that you can actually own all for yourself.
The book features contributions from Samantha Cohen, Emerson Whitney, Yelena Gluzman & Jen Hofer, Saehee Cho, Janice Lee & Laura Vena, Diana Arterian, Amy Howden-Chapman, Joseph Mosconi, Emily Kiernan, Kenyatta A C Hinkle, UNFO (Amanda AckermanHarold AbramowitzAndrea Quaid), Stacy Elaine, Karen Adelman, Beau Rice, Emma Zakes Green, Claire Cronin & Meriwether Clarke, Stephen van Dyck, Sam Bloch with Mark Gerard & Ilya Mxx, Matias Viegener, Jonathan Ade, Sallie Merkel, Km Bradford, Sarah Petersen and Carol Cheh. Full of entrancing photos by Jason Gutierrez and Mark Bernal.
Each copy also includes limited-edition insertions from two of the contributors. As you can see, this is no excuse not to buy this beauty. Do so here.
posted Jan 30, 2015 10:25 am
I had a great conversation with Diana Arterian about the origin and evolution of Great Divide. She asked great questions that made me think about the book from new angles, and I made some jokes. Read it here!
posted Jan 26, 2015 09:48 am
April 19th, 2015
Submit your work here!
This one if for the witchy, the newbies, the jealous, and the ill (or the merely ill-advised). This is a broad kind of theme, but it is springtime, and that means it is time for fresh adventures--no time to think this through, we want work right off the vine. We are open to poems about dark dirt and new seeds, outrageous love songs, stories of being too young to know how much trouble you’re in.
Bring the monsters winter made in you and see how they take to the sunlight.
posted Jan 11, 2015 11:59 am
Backyard# 2: The Gentleman's Companion
posted Nov 12, 2014 01:51 pm
- Sunday, January 18th
- 4:30 pm
- 917 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710
(Follow signs to back gate. Do not knock on front door.)
- Free, though donations of cash or beer will be accepted.
- Gate opens at 4:30, readings commence at 5:00, conspicuous consumption and rubbing of tweed-clad elbows follow. Ornate foods and surprising cocktails will be served.
- Internet RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1555477884710104/
The first installment of Backyard reading series was a great success. Many spooky stories were shared, a great deal of food and drink was consumed, and one man was covered in mud for the sake of art We are now fully equipped with a Facebook page, complete with pictures. Submissions are open for our January event. See you then!
posted Oct 21, 2014 09:49 am
Hey, let's all get together. Let's hang out in the backyard and have a drink and some food and listen to some music and some words. Sounds nice, right? I thought so, and that is why I am starting The Backyard Reading Series here in Berkeley, CA. We'll have quarterly, themed, submission-based readings that will indulge my desire to cook, bake, and mix drinks extravagantly. The first show is October 26th! Find out more right over here.
posted Sep 23, 2014 09:59 am
This beautiful review of Great Divide appeared in Entropy this morning. Many thanks for the insightful, thoughtful work by reviewer Elizabeth Hall, and to the editors of this always-excellent magazine. Read it!
posted Jul 17, 2014 10:35 am
Recently, I read a beautiful, difficult, and fascinating collection of short stories. Then I wrote about it. Heavy Feather Review has now published the thing I wrote about that collection, and you can read my review as a way to get ready to read the book. Read it here
posted Jul 8, 2014 09:53 am
An excerpt from Great Divide is available in The Fictioneer, alongside a lot of other fantastic writing by beautiful people. Get your copy here:
posted Jun 5, 2014 08:09 am
Last year, I co-edited an issue of Birkensnake (Thing Theory). Today, I found out that one of the stories I selected has been selected for the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2014 list. Congratulations to Rhoads Stevens for his story "With Ash In His Teeth, Cutting Teeth Into Keys." I'm proud to have had a hand in bringing the story into the world. Take a look at the rest of the list!
posted May 27, 2014 12:24 pm
Beloved Angelenos, I'll be doing two readings in your backyard this weekend, and it just won't be the same without you there. Come say hi!
Friday, May 30th
Human Resources Gallery
410 Cottage Home Street,
Los Angeles, California 90012
I'll be performing as a part of the many-splendored thing that is ENTER>text. I will be making new work for (and at) the event rather than reading from the novel, but I am never without a stack of them, so grab me if you want a copy.
Sunday, June 1st
5002 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90042
The first Sumarr Reading Series event of the summer! I'll be reading from the novel, and proudly sharing the stage with a bunch of exciting and talented writers.
posted Apr 11, 2014 10:16 am
Today is publication day! Great Divide has now officially been released into the world by Unsolicited Press. It is available for purchase here.
If you like the novel, please consider writing a quick Amazon review. It makes a big difference.
Tour dates below the fold!
posted Mar 29, 2014 07:41 am
It's begun! Great Divide is now available for pre-order from Unsolicited Press. Please order one (or one hundred). You can be in on the ground floor. You can make me so happy.
posted Mar 6, 2014 02:25 pm
My story "Palinopsia," winner of the Unstuck Flash Fiction Prize, is now available to the world in Unstuck #3. Judge Amelia Gray says some wonderfully kind things about the piece in her introduction, and has a fantastic piece of her own in the issue. This is a huge, beautiful magazine with an astounding lineup of writers who I am frankly feeling a little flushed to be sharing the space with. My piece is right after Etgar Keret's. Golly. Buy it here!
posted Feb 19, 2014 10:27 am
I am excited, overwhelmed, and grateful to announce that, my novel, Great Divide, will be published by Unsolicited Press in April, 2014. This book has been a central piece of my life and writing trajectory for many years now, and I am so glad to be presenting it to the world in its final form. I owe more thank yous than I could possibly give to the readers, classmates, teachers, and friends who helped usher this book into being. Please check back regularly for ordering info, author appearances, and other updates. You can also like Great Divide on Facebook, or follow me on just about any form of social media, were I will be talking about this for the foreseeable future, likely without breaks for food or sleep.
posted Jan 15, 2014 11:04 am
Read the news here and keep your eyes peeled for Issue 3, coming out next month. This is a real honor for me--Unstuck is one of my favorite journals, and Amelia Gray, who judged the contest, is one of my favorite writers. And congratulations as well to my fellow awardee, Dennis James Sweeny for his great story "When He Comes Home From The War."
posted Nov 20, 2013 08:40 am
My newest, dearest editorial experiment got some press today at HTMLGiant. Dan Hoffman asked some great questions, and Joe Trinkle and I answered them with our usual devil-may-care charm. Read the interview here, then go submit!
posted Nov 1, 2013 04:30 pm
Seven smoosh-faced, red-cheeked, screaming little Birkensnake 6s were released on the world today, and I am thrilled to have been a part of this hopeful, ambitious, wild editorial project. I edited the Thing Theory issue with Carol Samson, and I couldn't be prouder of the work we put together. Read it here.
Also take a look at what Birkensnake issue 1-5 (and, presumably 7-the singularity) editor Brian Conn has to say about the project, then peruse the other six editions here.
posted Aug 22, 2013 08:59 pm
My dear friend, Joe Trinkle and I are starting the revolution. By which I mean, we are starting a magazine, except it is more that that. It is a magazine that is also a novel, that is also a new way of making communal stories. We are open for submissions, so head this way to learn more about the Synchronia Project.
posted Aug 17, 2013 12:43 pm
My story, The Grand Tour, is up at the White Whale Review today. This is a really lovely journal which I've been reading for a long time, and getting a piece here has been almost like a goal that has kind of pushed me forward, or something that I've thought about and hoped for but never been able to achieve...and you know, I'm just having a hard time thinking of a metaphor here.
posted Jun 1, 2013 07:16 pm
I will be floating like the specter of a forgotten home through LA's best reading series, ENTER>text. Come try to find me. X marks the spot.
posted May 5, 2013 10:59 pm
I'm honored to have my story "A Fable" on the longlist for Wigleaf Mag's Top 50 (very) Short Fictions of 2013, especially among so many authors I respect and admire. You can read the story here and the list here.
posted Mar 31, 2013 08:44 am
JMWW was a pretty fantastic magazine before they featured my story, Craig On Tinian Island, 1945, but now they have broken the sound barrier of excellence. Look into the new reality here.
posted Jan 16, 2013 07:14 pm
I am honored to have a story in the very excellent Redivider. It's a great magazine, and they do this fascinating thing where they make trees into literature. Science, people! Get a copy here
posted Dec 30, 2012 03:56 pm
The Seven-Issue-Issue-Six of Birkensnake, which I am proudly co-editing, was deemed one of the year's coolest innovations by Flavorwire. Submissions are still open, guys and gals.
posted Aug 30, 2012 12:15 pm
I am thrilled to announce that I have a story in the exceptional magazine Dark Sky. I am also really sad to announce that this is the last issue of Dark Sky that will ever grace our lonely and depleted age. I am, however, once more thrilled to announce that the final issue is being hosted by the also-exceptional magazine Barrelhouse. It is a roller coaster of love, but a fantastic issue, so please read it.
Recently, the very cool Birkensnake announced that their sixth issue would be created via a unique editorial experiment. Twelve strangers would be selected to work in six pairs to create six separate magazines, all bearing the assignation of Birkensnake Six. I think after that there will be a gladiator-style fight for supremacy and the One True Issue will be initiated in fire and blood, but those details are hazy. I am pleased to announce that I, along with my excellent co-editor Carol Samson, will be at the helm of our very own little Birkensnake, which goes by the nickname of Thing Theory. Our issue will focus on the life of objects, and the objectness of words. Read more about us and, most importantly, submit your work, here.
posted Jun 25, 2012 09:52 am
Red Sky, a journal founded by friend and poet Zoe Etkin, has been so kind as to feature my story "Morning Dove" in their current issue. You can read it here, and word is that print copies will be popping up at the best Angeleno bookstores any day now.
posted Jun 15, 2012 01:46 pm
Once again I'll be taking part in the wonderful Sumarr reading series for all you LA folks. Also reading will be Saba Razvi (launching her chapbook "Of The Divining And The Dead"), James Meetze, and Zoë Etkin, with music from Miniature Soap and DJ C.Hem. It is going to be a great night, so please come out!
Sunday, June 17
Temple Ad Hoc Gallery
1218 1/2 Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
More information here for the facebookers
posted Jun 6, 2012 10:35 pm
Further mining the vein of stories about The Bomb, I'm pleased to announce that I have a piece in the June issue of decomP. You can even hear my melodious voice read the story to you, if you're so inclined. Give it a look or listen!
Please take a look at my story, "If Not Love, Then the Bomb" over at the ever-lovely fwriction: review! This piece is close to my heart, and I hope you will all enjoy it too.
posted May 26, 2012 06:42 pm
An excerpt from my novel, Vanishing Act, is up at The Good Men Project. This fantastic magazine was recently the recipient of the Million Writer's Award Best New Online Magazine prize, which makes me even more thrilled to have my work there than I was before (and I was already pretty thrilled). Please check it out!
posted Apr 27, 2012 09:58 am
Please take a minute to check out my review of Alex Forman's Tall, Slim, and Erect: Portraits of the Presidents. This brilliant little book from Les Figues Press is the kind of rare bird that appeals to poets, historians, Americana buffs, and gossip-magazine readers all at once, perhaps especially when they are all the same person. The review can be found at HTMLGIANT.
posted Apr 25, 2012 09:31 am
Read my friend Seann's story "Numbers Racket" in Martian Lit. It's a weird literature-that-knows-about-genre-but-isn't-genre kind of story that I love to read and never even try to write. Read it and be happy.
posted Apr 24, 2012 12:04 pm
My short story "A Fable" is up at Monkeybicycle this week. It has madness and car crashes, so check it out!
posted Apr 24, 2012 11:44 am
My old buddy Joseph Trinkle has a story in issue five of The Subtopian. You can read it online here, and I have it on good authority that a print version will be hitting the pavement soon.
posted Apr 22, 2012 10:00 pm
...is the Bootleg Theater, where the winners of the Rattling Wall poetry contest, including the inimitable Henry Hoke, will be reading their work. Consider this a public service announcement from the Department of All the Cool Kids. Check out the details.
posted Apr 20, 2012 10:32 pm
My friend Diana has some wonderful poems from her chapbook Death Centos up at Corium. The full chapbook will be available from Ugly Duckling Press in 2013, so get to these before the crowds.
posted Apr 11, 2012 10:51 pm
Check out this fantastic article on Concord (home of ENTER>text) in the LA Weekly! Congratulations, Concordians, and please let me ride your coattails to success.
posted Mar 27, 2012 10:43 pm
May I direct you to the best poems you will read today? No need to thank me.
posted Mar 18, 2012 10:59 pm
On March 23rd, the wonderful Concord is once again allowing us weirdo writers to flood its space with our literary circus. Last time there was twitter healing, poetic strip-tease, Disney Land characters, and more beautiful and inventive language than you could shake a stick at, so I'm certain this edition will not disappoint. The necessary facts can be found here
If you would like for you thoughts in these final days of 2011 to be all abuzz with my opinions (and that is what you want, I assume), then you are in luck! The ever-lovely Writing Disorder is now featuring me in their interview section, and if I do say so myself, we had a nice little chat about my time at CalArts, writing, and the world beyond the MFA. Take a look here!
posted Dec 14, 2011 10:13 pm
My friend and former CalArts classmate Tracy has a great multi-media piece up The Collagist. You'd be doing yourself a favor if you let it at your various sense.
posted Nov 14, 2011 10:16 pm
I lovelovelove this story, but it does not return the favor.
posted Nov 13, 2011 10:21 pm
What happens when you let a bunch of writers loose in an art gallery/living space/magical dream factory and tell them they can do whatever they want with (or to) words? We don't know either, but we can all find out together. This Friday. November 18th. 8pm. At Concord.
posted Sep 14, 2011 01:50 pm
My interactive, online novel, Great Divide is currently being featured at the excellent Atticus Review. I could not be more thrilled to be putting this work out into the world and showing you all what I've been doing these last few years. Special thanks to Ryan Wolf who made the site (and this site) a possibility, and to my brother Kevin for creating a beautiful musical score. Please give it a look here.
posted Sep 14, 2011 10:27 am
Saehee selects perfect, beautiful words. You can read a well-curated collection of them here
posted Sep 10, 2011 09:25 pm
My short story "Tabula Rasa" is now online at the Cobalt Review. If you like memory loss and promiscuity, this one's for you!
posted Jul 26, 2011 11:23 am
This Sunday, July 31st, I will be reading in Atwater Village, with the wonderful Sumarr Reading Series. Also on the bill are Marco Di Domenico, Christine Kanownik, Diana Arterian, and Elizabeth Hall, then drinking and dancing into the night. It promises to be a great time, and it is also my father's birthday (though he won't be there), so come on out!
posted May 18, 2011 10:39 pm
If you're in LA, you will obviously be at the Silver Lake Jubilee this weekend. Make sure to drop by the Pen USA Stage around noon on Saturday; I'll be reading there with along a bunch of other great writers from Amor Fati.
posted May 15, 2011 10:41 am
After two years of hard labor in the art mines, my MFA cohorts and I are finally ready to show off our work. We'll be reading from our theses on Thursday, May 19th at 7pm. It will be great, and you should be there.
posted May 10, 2011 10:59 am
This Friday night I'll be reading at Skylight Books as part of CalArts Next Words series. Also in the ludicrously talented lineup are Diana Arterian, Amanda Montei, Henry Hoke, and Marco Di Domenico. The magic starts at 7:30.
posted May 10, 2011 10:46 am
I'm going to be reading at LACMA this Saturday with Amor Fati Magazine as part of the Muse Artwalk. There will be a ton of exciting activities, free food, and all the usual LACMA goodness, plus your only opportunity to do a side by side comparison of my work and a Mondrian chair. So come out!
posted Apr 10, 2011 11:07 am
If you happen to walk past the Butler Building at Calarts around 7pm on April 14th, do not be alarmed if you hear sounds of jubilation, mourning, drunkeness, teeth-gnashing, ecstatic dancing, prayer, and/or clapping. That will just be the audience cycling through the potential transcendence and pain of human existence as Marco Di Domenico, Claudia Slanar, and I read from our theses.
posted Jan 31, 2011 10:15 am
I could not be more thrilled to have my short story, "Last Dance In Poplar Ridge" featured in the beautiful and brilliant PANK 5. It is a gorgeous magazine filled with great words, and you should go buy a copy right this moment.