Sunday, February 1, 2015

Thanks to The Masters Review!

Along with books written by Karen Russell, Richard Matheson, Shirley Jackson, Jeff Vandermeer, Ben Lerner, Panio Gianopoulos, and a few others, The Masters Review has included my chapbook Families Among Us on this list of Nine Books You Can Read In The Time It Takes To Watch The Super Bowl, saying:
Small and special, the characters in these six stories sprout wings and slither. They grow snouts, claws, and fur. Kimzey’s stories have been called, “beautifully written universes” and they are exactly that. 
You can check out the whole list here. And if you'd like to order Families Among Us, you can do so here. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Author Interview with Lit Central O.C.

I was in the same workshop as Cynthia Romanowski at Squaw Valley. She wrote a story that had Steve Almond's jaw on the ground along with the rest of the table. Cynthia was kind enough to interview me for Lit Central O.C. when my chapbook Families Among Us came out. We talked for an hour and a half via Skype about a lot of things, including grad school, writing bad fiction, asking for blurbs, being okay with uncertainty, and the literary wilderness. You can read the whole interview here. Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Families Among Us: Great Review from the Colorado Review/Center for Literary Publishing

I'm honored to see this wonderfully in-depth and generous review of my chapbook Families Among Us from the Colorado Review and the Center for Literary Publishing. A short snippet:
Following the likes of Orson Welles and his radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds, Rod Serling and the television series The Twilight Zone, and John Carpenter and his film The Thing, Blake Kimzey and his chapbook collection of short stories Families Among Us delve deep into different, yet equally mysterious phenomena. Kimzey’s collection proposes that we need look no further than our own homes and communities for the source of the curious and the bizarre, and it is through these otherworldly, yet earthly, creations that we discover that which binds us all.
You can read the whole review here. And if you'd still like to purchase a copy of Families Among Us, you can do so here. Thanks for reading! 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

New Fiction in Day One

My story "Reunion Briefing" was published by Day One today along with a poem from Kyla Marshell and original cover art by Maryanna Hoggatt. You can purchase the issue here.

"Reunion Briefing" is another short story in a series I'm writing that is dedicated to my best friend, Army 2nd Lieutenant Peter H. Burks, who was killed by an IED just outside the Green Zone in Baghdad on November 14th, 2007. 

Day One, featured on the Ploughshares blog yesterday as a literary journal to watch, showcases one writer and poet each week, with issues delivered directly to Kindles or Kindle reading apps. I hope you'll give it a look.

Thank you to Day One editor Carmen Johnson for publishing this story. She had a real heart for this piece of writing and I can't thank her enough for seeing it to publication.

Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Short Piece in McSweeney's

On this Christmas Eve, McSweeney's published my short humor piece "Your Great Aunt Is Not Making Another Green Bean Casserole for Christmas." I'm thrilled to have a piece on their site. Big thanks to Tendency Editor Christopher Monks for publishing my work! You can read it here.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Families Among Us made Necessary Fiction's Year-End Recommended Reading List

Families Among Us made Necessary Fiction's year-end recommended reading list, along with great books from Chang-Rae Lee, Jenny Offill, Julia Elliott, Dorthe Nors, Christy Crutchfield, Aaron Burch, and Mike Meginnis. Big thanks to Steve Himmer and Brian Seemann for including me!

I'm humbled to be the only chapbook on this year-end list, surrounded by books published by Riverhead, Vintage, Graywolf, Tin House, Melville House, Coffe House Press, and Two Dollar Radio. Big thanks to Black Lawrence Press for publishing my chapbook, which has been released to more sales and praise than I thought imaginable. So thank you to everyone who has bought a copy, the little chapbook that could.

And if you'd still like to buy a copy of Families Among Us, you can do so here. Thanks! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Families Among Us: Great Review at Small Press Book Review

Thank you to Mel Bosworth and The Small Press Book Review for this great review of my chapbook, Families Among Us. Here is a short excerpt:
Lovely and Majestic...Using fantastical elements that push effortlessly through the narratives, Kimzey has fashioned six allegories about the inevitability of change, people trying to love what is different from themselves, and the hardship and heartbreak that comes with being part of a family.
You can read the rest of the review here. And if you'd like to buy a copy of Families Among Us, you can do so here.