Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Fiction in Hobart

I'm thrilled that Hobart published my short story "4th of July: You're Not Gonna Take my Other Thumb" today in honor of Independence Day! This is a story about a guy with nine fingers that comes back for more on July 4th. I love Hobart and I'm so honored they published this story on my favorite holiday. Big thanks to founding editor and fellow writer Aaron Burch for publishing this story. You can read it here. As always, thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Fiction in Flaunt

I'm excited that my short story "The Zipline" has been published in the yearly summer fiction issue of Flaunt, a fashion and culture magazine distributed in over 32 countries. The theme of this issue is "Summer Camp" and features profiles of Elizabeth Banks, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicholas Hoult, Hank Azaria, and more. My story is about a couple of counselors who go naked zip lining and hijinks ensue. Thanks so much to editors Amy Slocum and Ryan Ellis for publishing my fiction! You can pick up a copy of the magazine at bookstores and news stands across the country. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Writing Out of the Wilderness - Speaking to the Writers' Guild of Texas

I was invited to speak to the Writers' Guild of Texas at the Richardson Public Library next Monday night (5/18) at 7:00pm. My talk is titled Writing out of the Wilderness: How to Survive Rejection and Forge a Path to Publication. My talk should last about an hour and is free and open to the public. In a John Steinbeck letter from 1953, republished in The New York Times, he wrote:
The process of acceptance-rejection is not unlike the lone dance of the fiddler crab. A man writes a book - why? Because he wants to...Now the purpose of a book I suppose is to amuse, interest, instruct but its warmer purpose is just to associate with the reader. You use symbols he can understand so that the two of you can be together. The circle is not closed until the trinity is present - the writer, the book, and the reader.
I'll be talking about how we as writers can close that circle: you, your book, and your reader. And you can find more information about my talk at local NPR-Affiliate KERA's Art&Seek Website, which I'm thrilled is promoting the event. So if you’re in the Dallas area next Monday night and hankering for a talk about writing, I’d love to see you!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Families Among Us: Great Review at PANK

Thank you to Thomas Michael Duncan and PANK for this great review of my chapbook, Families Among Us. Here is a short excerpt:
When a writer tells vibrant stories that bleed into the margins, and when a sharp design meets fitting, fascinating artwork, the result is too great to ignore. In other words, the result is Families Among Us. An entire universe lives within these forty pages, spun into existence with the sincere cadence of an ancient origin story. For readers, this chapbook is a welcome pause from realism, a chance to give in to and live briefly in the fantastical.
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. Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Guest on The Weekly Reader on Minnesota Public Radio

Last week I was a guest on The KMSU Weekly Reader, an author interview radio show that airs weekly on Minnesota Public Radio. Thanks so much to host Teagan Knoblich for having me on. We talked about my chapbook of short tales, Families Among Us, the writing process, what I'm working on now, and even how having kids has had a wonderful affect on my writing. It was a lot of fun, and I also read from a couple stories. You can check out the show archives for great interviews with Steve Almond, Kyle Minor, Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket, Frank Bill, D.A Powell, Robert Boswell, and Kate Bernheimer, among others. And you can listen to the episode I'm on right here. Thanks for listening and for reading!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Anthologized in The Best Small Fictions 2015

I’m honored that Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler has selected my story “The Boy and the Bear” for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015, an anthology that includes stories from Ron Carlson, Diane Williams, Stuart Dybek, Bobbie Ann Mason, Michael Martone, and many other amazing writers. The anthology will hit bookstores this October. I am beyond thrilled at this news!

By way of recognition, "The Boy and the Bear" first appeared in The Masters Review, and I can't thank Kim Winternheimer enough for originally publishing this story. I also want to thank Black Lawrence Press Executive Editor Diane Goettel and Chapbook Editor Kit Frick because "The Boy and the Bear" is collected in my chapbook Families Among Us, winner of the 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition and published by BLP in September 2014. Thank you all! More news to come!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Reading at AWP '15

I'll be a featured reader at the Black Lawrence Press AWP Offsite reading in Minneapolis on 4/9/15. It promises to be a great night at Kieran's Irish Pub. I'm happy to be part of the Black Lawrence family and read in support of my chapbook, Families Among Us. I hope you'll join me for what I think will be a very fun evening. I've read in Vermont, New York City, Iowa City, Los Angeles, Dallas, and this will be my first reading at AWP. I hope to see y'all there! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Author Interview in Structo (England)

My short story ‘The Skylight’ first appeared in issue nine of the beautifully produced British journal Structo. Today, Structo founding editor Euan Monaghan posted an interview in which we talk about my chapbook of short tales, Families Among Us, and also about living and writing in Paris, finding inspiration in place, putting a short collection together, and what I'm working on now. You can read the whole interview here. Thanks so much to Structo and to Euan for publishing my work and championing my chapbook! And if you'd still like to order a copy of my chapbook, you can do so here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Fiction in Green Mountains Review

I'm honored that Green Mountains Review published my story "The Loft" today, which you can read here. I've long admired Green Mountains Review and I can't thank writer and editor Jensen Beach enough for believing in my story enough to publish it. Thank you, Jesnen! And thank you for reading!

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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Two Author Interviews

Thank you to Kim Winternheimer, fellow fiction writer and founding editor of The Masters Review, for interviewing me about my chapbook Families Among Us (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). Kim asked me some really thoughtful questions that I had a lot of fun thinking about and answering. Topics include putting a chapbook-length collection together, naming characters, transformation, and writing fully into setting. You can read it all here.

Jack Hill also interviewed me for American Microreviews & Interviews. Jack asked a lot of wonderful questions. We talk about forgotten weirdness, layered fiction, Barthelme, radio adaptation, loss and the Iraq War, and what's up next for me. You can read it all here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Families Among Us: Great Review in Fiction Southeast

I'm thrilled to share this great review of Families Among Us, published in Fiction Southeast today. Here is a short snippet:
Families Among Us is a daring book. It’s not just that Kimzey writes about kids (and adults) turning into animals or magical creatures, taking off their clothes and scurrying or flying into the wild. No, it's that each of these disquieting stories force the reader to experience familiar emotional realities with the wonder and surprise of a child. Kimzey's world is new and dangerous, even sobering, precisely because its strangeness drives us into the heart of the familiar, into childhood's loneliness and consuming anxiety.
This, I suspect, is just what Kimzey wants. Each story, even those told from the perspective of adults, affects a dream-like quality, though not necessarily one of nightmare. This mood is achieved though natural, unobtrusive, even quietly beautiful prose. The understated prose allows us to engage the fantastic without distraction.  And it’s these surprises themselves which meet us again and again in Families Among Us and become the collection’s most immediate source of delight.
As with Kafka’s work, after living in these stories for a couple days, they get even stranger, and new layers emerge.
You can read the rest of the review here. I can't thank Fiction Southeast or reviewer Joel Looper enough for these kind words!

And if you'd like to purchase the book, you can do so here. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pushcart Prize Nomination!

I'm honored Black Lawrence Press nominated my story "A Family Among Us" for a Pushcart Prize! The story appears in my chapbook Families Among Us, winner of the 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition and published by Black Lawrence Press in September 2014.

"A Family Among Us" was also adapted for radio broadcast on NPR-affiliated stations across the country, which you can listen to here.

I can't thank Black Lawrence Press enough for their ongoing support of my writing. This is my third Pushcart nomination and I'm hopeful this is the year I make it into the anthology!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Story in Fiction Southeast

My story "Helicopter Wounds" was published by Fiction Southeast today. This story 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.

I'm so grateful to founding editor Chris Tusa for believing in my work enough to publish it next to short fiction by Ron Carlson, Brad Watson, Aimee Bender, Donald Ray Pollock, Kevin Wilson, and Joyce Carol Oates, among many others. You can read "Helicopter Wounds" here. Thank you so much for reading! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Pegasus Reading Series - 11/20 @ 7PM

I'll be a featured reader in support of Families Among Us at The Pegasus Reading Series on Thursday, November 20th at 7pm. I hope you can make it! The evening is sponsored by WordSpace Dallas and will take place in Lower Greenville at Two Bronze Doors, which was recently named 2014's Best DIY Venue by The Dallas Observer and also featured on NPR.

I'm very happy to be part of this great monthly forum for DFW-area poets and writers. And I'm thrilled to be reading with Jenna Hockema. If you can make it, please RSVP here. And thank you so much to Sebastian Paramo & Robert Torres for hosting the evening and inviting me to read! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Families Among Us - Small Press Bestseller!

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of Families Among Us thus far, making my chapbook a Small Press Bestseller for the months of September and October. I'm very honored to be on this list, and I can't thank y'all enough for supporting this book and my writing over the years!

I'm currently finishing my first novel and polishing my first full-length story collection. Hopefully I'll have more for y'all soon! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Launch & Reading 10/29 @ The Wild Detectives

The Wild Detectives. Read. Drink. Laugh. Buy a book(s).
I'll be celebrating the release of my book of short tales (Families Among Us) with a book launch and reading at The Wild Detectives bookstore, located in the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff on Wednesday, October 29th at 7pm.

I hope you'll join me for what I think will be a very fun evening. I've read in Vermont, New York City, Iowa City, and Los Angeles, and this will be my first reading in Texas, and I'd love for you all to be there for this special evening.

If you haven't yet read about The Wild Detectives, as featured in the New York Times, it is a beautiful new independent bookstore that is part coffee shop, part bar, and 100% awesome. It is a wonderful place to launch a book, and I'm lucky to have such wonderful hosts. KERA, the local NPR affiliate in Dallas, has thrown their Art & Seek support behind the evening as well.

Please let me know if you think you can make it. The Wild Detectives would appreciate an estimated head count.

For directions and more information, you can find The Wild Detectives on Yelp. I can't wait to talk with you and share a drink on October 29th! Thank you so much for all of your love and support.

Photo from the evening:

Thank you to everyone who came out!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fiction in The Lifted Brow

My story "Breeders" was published by the Australian literary beast known as The Lifted Brow today.

This story, a Brow favorite, originally appeared in print in The Lifted Brow #7 back in 2010 and I'm so happy they wanted to re-publish it four years later.

Big thanks to editors Sam Cooney and Simon Collinson for featuring my work at one of my favorite literary magazines on the planet, now a partner with McSweeney's Publishing.

You can read "Breeders" here, and I hope you will!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Families Among Us - Available to Order

Black Lawrence Press is publishing my chapbook of six short tales, Families Among Us, in mid-September. Winner of the 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition, it is now available to order for the low-low price of $8.95.

I hope you'll give this little collection a look and get a copy for yourself and/or as a gift for the person in your life who loves to read. You can order the book here, which will be giving future you a gift when it arrives via post later this month.

And here are some awfully kinds words about the book:

These stories are like tiny portholes into worlds teeming with rich, surprising life. Blake Kimzey is a master miniaturist. —Ramona Ausubel, author of No One is Here Except All of Us and A Guide to Being Born

Each of the stories in Blake Kimzey’s astonishing chapbook Families Among Us are intricate, beautifully written universes unto themselves. These stories blur the lines between what is real and what is possible yet they are also intimate and familiar because they are stories about people and connection and the very human desire to be a part of something greater than ourselves. —Roxane Gay, Author of An Untamed State and Bad Feminist

Blake Kimzey has given us all the pleasures our imagination can bear, six stories to savor slowly, to break our hearts and then mend them. I wanted more of these good things. —Kyle Minor, author of Praying Drunk and In the Devil's Territory

In Families Among Us, Blake Kimzey’s inventive prose summons six weird worlds of the imagination—but more than anything else, these imagined worlds conjure not some other space but the forgotten weirdness of the world we know, revealed here in all its wondrous everyday magic. —Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods

Thank you for supporting my writing!