The 2015 O.Henry Prize Stories anthology came out today, and it’s truly a humbling event. “Cabins,” originally published in Subtropics, is in there, alongside some of the greatest writers I’ve read. Laura Furman wrote this exceptional introduction to this edition, and one of the three jurors, Michael Parker, selected “Cabins” as his favorite in the collection — […]
I am so grateful and pleased to be teaching again for the amazing community at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado this fall. I am currently LOVING my students in my Writing the Short Story workshop, and I am very much looking forward to teaching two more classes before the new year is upon […]
The PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) ran a nice faculty profile on the West Chester University Creative Writing program, me, and the O.Henry Award Prize Story anthology coming out this coming Fall 2015. Though I appear gray, wizened, and generally uncomfortable in the profile picture, I am in fact very grateful for the […]
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
Denver: I am reading again in your hallowed halls — this time at the Mercury Cafe, at the special invitation of the F Bomb Flash Fiction Reading Series! Tuesday, April 12, 2015 | Time will be released soon.
I am thrilled to be reading beside Wendy J Fox and Lucinda Stein at the Bookbar on May 9, 2015 in celebration of having Scandamerican Domestic named a Colorado Book Award Finalist.
Come join me and the English Department at the La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA for a cool Fiction Reading on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 5:00PM! Details to follow.
Small Press, Not Small Reach: Marketing Your Small Press Fictions. (Joshua Isard, Courtney Mauk, Nina McConigley, Christopher Merkner)
An awesome small press has reached out to you and said, Yes, let us make this fiction of yours into a book together, and you couldn’t be more thrilled—and more uncertain. You know you won’t have a tour on their dime, there are no dimes, but what will be your role in marketing your small press work of fiction? This panel addresses the use of social media, guerrilla campaigns, independent bookstores, interpersonal connections, and library systems in marketing and sharing your small press fiction.
I will be sharing some laughs and insights on a panel at AWP on Saturday, April 11th with three lovely writers — Courtney Mauk, Joshua Isard, & Nina McConigley. We named the panel “Small Press, Not Small Reach: Marketing Your Small Press Fictions,” and I cannot think of a less qualified person than myself for this panel. […]
I am very happy to share news that “Cabins,” which originally came out at Subtropics, and then helped edify Scandamerican Domestic, will now be repurposed in the 2015 O’Henry Prize Stories anthology. This story will sit beside stories from some of the most important authors in my writing life, including Lydia Davis, Russell Banks & Percival Everett. I am […]