I am very grateful to have a new story coming out in the upcoming Five Points issue, in early 2018!
Very grateful to learn that The Museum of Americana: A Literary Review has nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize the two short pieces I published with them last year.
Lindsey Griffin of The Museum of Americana was kind enough to put this discussion about Scandamerican Domestic together with me last month. Lindsay is great — you should listen to her, not me…
Two really exceptional reviews of Scandamerican Domestic came out in the past few months: one by writer Amy Day Wilkinson for the Missouri Review and another by writer Brigit Kelly Young for Great Lakes Review. A particularly lovely note from Amy Day Wilkinson’s review: “What’s interesting is that the initial impulses in Merkner stories are often familiar parent impulses—flirt […]
I am so thrilled to be teaching for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO again this fall. I have a few seats left in my workshop that starts August 24th. Tuition help is available, and the Lighthouse Community is rich, deep, engaging, wonderful. Take a look: https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/detail/id/1246
I am so thrilled to have just joined the faculty at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO, where I will periodically teach workshops in craft and form, short story and longer forms of fiction writing. Some of these workshops are online, and some of them are in Denver. I hope you will check the Lighthouse […]
I had an absolutely wonderful time reading for New South and Georgia State University’s Creative Writing program last week in Atlanta, Georgia. The graduate students treated me to some nice beers at The Porter before the reading, and […]
I’m so thrilled to be teaching a phenomenal short story workshop for WCU again this summer! I have ten really awesome students in the class, and they are bright, engaging, diverse, funny and driven. Together, we’ll be working with five collections of excellent contemporary short stories: Peter Grandbois’ Domestic Disturbances, […]
Two nice reviews popped up recently for SCANDAMERICAN DOMESTIC, one on Goodreads that was particularly awesome and one from the inaugural issue of Cooper Street Journal, a sweet online journal hosted by the Rutgers University Camden’s MFA program. The Goodreads review came from editor and flash-fiction author Tara Masih, and the Cooper Street review […]
Chuck Sambuchino at Writer’s Digest posted a short note of mine that identifies “three good things about disturbing fiction.” It probably marks my first nonfiction writing about fiction writing, and it could use some editing, it turns out! […]