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!

Monday, June 2, 2014

My Literary Mother: Michelle Latiolais

I wrote a short essay about Michelle Latiolais for a new project on female literary influence called Literary Mothers. I loved writing about Michelle, her work, her mentorship, and her great influence on my writing. Michelle is much more than a mentor, and I can't thank her enough for everything she has done for me. You can read my essay here.

Literary Mothers is an amazing project with other short essays by Matt Bell on Christine Schutt, Ashley Farmer on Joan Didion, Lincoln Michel on Flannery O’Connor, Deb Olin Unferth on Gertrude Stein, Alissa Nutting on Lynda Barry, and so many more.

I'd especially like to thank series editor Nadxi Nieto for including me in this very important project!