Saturday, August 31, 2013

Forthcoming Book Reviews

I'm excited to be a staff writer for The Washington Independent Review of Books. I recently read Hanya Yanagihara’s debut novel, The People in the Trees, and wrote about it here.

I'm currently reading Daniel Alarcon's forthcoming novel, At Night We Walk in Circles (set for publication October 31st), and will have a piece in The Washington Independent Review of Books in late October.

And I'll have a review of Tomorrowland, a new story collection from Joseph Bates, printed in the next issue of Mid-American Review (34.1), also set for publication later this fall.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Families Among Us - Black Lawrence Press - 2014

My chapbook of short tales, Families Among Us, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in September 2014. I couldn't be more excited about this. Out of close to 500 entries, Families Among Us was named winner of the spring 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition.

Here is what Kit Frick, the Black Lawrence chapbook editor, had to say about my collection:

"Surreal, beautiful, unnerving, and all-round awesome. The sentence-level cadence you set in the title story really reeled me in and builds so beautifully toward the conclusion, and the mix of strangeness and emotional rawness present in the families throughout the stories is so right on." 

I'm so happy to be part of the Black Lawrence family now, and to work with their editors and book designers. Black Lawrence Press, an imprint of Dzanc Books, is a beautiful New York-based house publishing some of the finest contemporary American and European poetry and fiction.

I can't wait to share this short book with y'all a year from now. Families Among Us will be a handsomely designed, perfect-bound book, distributed through Consortium, a national distributor, as well as on Amazon and the Black Lawrence Press website. I'll have more information to share soon. As always, thanks for reading!