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“Ray’s Juice” Accepted by Foundling Review

Huzza hip-hip hurray! My short story, “Ray’s Juice,” has just been accepted by Foundling Review, “where simple pleasures are corralled into folds of finely finessed sentences.” If that ain’t a delectable concoction, something along the lines of egg whites and chocolate, or farm fresh eggs, bacon and cheese, then I don’t know what all.

Check back in December, when the new issue of Foundling Review will be up and online, to find out what’s so special about Ray’s Juice anyway;-)?

“Ordinary” (audio recording)

"It was April, the callery pear trees lofting soft and white, and I spotted her from down the block, a seam running up the back of her pink tights to where it trailed beneath the hem of her denim skirt..."

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“Ordinary” Read by Tania Moore and Brian Barrett, with Original Music by Nathan Corder

My short story, “Ordinary,” read by Brian Barrett and yours truly, accompanied by Nathan Corder’s original musical score, “Fabric,” is live and online at The Flexible Persona!

The Flexible Persona is the small press equivalent to the local farmer’s market, where every visit is an adventure, and you get to meet the people who grow the pumpkins or harvest the pears. The magazine features authors reading their stories aloud, and the personal timbre of each voice lends a vulnerability that becomes part of the tale being told, a perfect accompaniment to the original musical compositions that have been chosen for each piece. A special shout-out to Nathan Corder, whose composition, “Fabric,”—a high, reverberating wire pulled tight against the resonant keening of a trombone, a whale song, a hawk, stretched across the sky—accompanies “Ordinary.”

So grab your laptop, head out to a hammock strung between the trees, and click here to take a listen.

“The Corner of Nutley Ave” Now Live and Online at Cleaver Magazine. Thwack!

I’m psyched that my short story, “The Corner of Nutley Ave,” is live and online at Cleaver Magazine. Chop chop! Issue number ten sports an exquisitely tentacled, cleaver-wielding octopus on the cover, with visual narrative, art, short stories, poetry, flash and creative nonfiction inside, as well as extras such as spot-on craft essays.

Think of Cleaver as a picnic basket filled with delicious treats to read on a blanket on the lawn or lounging in a deck chair under the sky. Slice ‘n dice, friends!

To read “The Corner of Nutley Ave,” click here.

“Match” Now Available in The Madison Review Spring 2015 Issue

It has arrived! The Spring 2015 issue of The Madison Review is fresh off the press, and with it, my short story, “Match.” Check out the jazzy cover art by Deth P. Sun, and order your copy to read with a cool sip of summer here. Cheers!

“Perfect” Selected as Semi-Finalist for the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

I’m honored that my short story, “Perfect,” first published in the spring 2015 issue of the St. Sebastian Review, has been selected as a semi-finalist for Ruminate Magazine‘s VanderMey Nonfiction Prize. Deep gratitude to Ruminate and the St. Sebastian Review!

“Ordinary” Accepted by The Flexible Persona

I’m over the moon that my short story, “Ordinary,” has just been accepted by The Flexible Persona, coming out soon! The Flexible Persona pairs literary works with accomplished composers from around the world, and I can’t wait to hear what music the editors choose for “Ordinary.”

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“Perfect” Now Live and Online at the St. Sebastian Review

My short story, “Perfect,” has just come out live and online at the St. Sebastian Review. Every story acceptance is thrilling, but none more so than this one.

The St. Sebastian Review, an LGBTQ Christian literary magazine, brings together two communities that don’t often sit easily with one another, so this compelling and beautifully designed publication provides a vital gathering place where creative expression and healing can occur.

In the words of Carolyn Gibney, the St. Sebastian Review was “founded to give voice to a community often disenfranchised and unheard. We exist as a forum within and from which LGBTQ Christians of any denomination can engage both critically and compassionately the culture in which they find themselves. We are purveyors of fine poetry, fiction, nonfiction essays, and visual art from among the LGBTQ Christian community and its allies.”

I am honored to have my work represented among such an awesome gathering of thinkers, artists and creators! To read “Perfect,” download the current issue of the St. Sebastian Review, Vol. 5, Iss. 1, here.

“Match” Accepted by The Madison Review

I am thrilled that my short story, “Match,” has been accepted by The Madison Review, coming out in the spring!

This was a rather mysterious acceptance. For one thing, the invitation came through my Yahoo email, which I only use for online shopping and generally spammy purposes, never for personal use, and for sure not for my literary correspondence. My first thought was, malicious spybot malware invader?

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LILA by Marilynne Robinson

Lila is the third in Marilynne Robinson’s trilogy of novels that takes place in the small Midwestern town of Gilead, and both Gilead (2004) and Home (2008) explore the lives and friendship of two Iowa preachers. In this latest novel, Lila, the wife of the preacher, John Ames, tells her own story, earning an unqualified spot on my Books I Love bookshelf.

Lila’s life in Gilead begins when she enters the town church to shelter from the rain and first sets eyes upon her future husband, John Ames. Flashbacks to Lila’s past weave throughout the narrative, and as she struggles with loneliness, belonging, and faith, Lila’s past remains potent and alive, sometimes more so than her present.

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