My short story “The Way You Hold Your Knife,” originally published in Ecotone and a Distinguished Story in The Best American Short Stories 2012, is included in the new anthology Astoria to Zion: 26 Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade. Featuring an introduction from Ben Fountain and stories by Kevin Brockmeier, Steve Almond, Benjamin Percy, Edith Pearlman, Marisa Silver and others, the collection highlights stories about place. (Inexplicably, my story seems to be the only one about bog mummies.)
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I have a new story, “Dead Turtle,” in the summer issue (just out now in November) of Michigan Quarterly Review. Yes, it is about a dead turtle. This is a print journal — order it (it’s amazing!) or seek it out in the periodicals room of the savviest college libraries.
I have a new story (a memoir/short story hybrid) called “Other Types of Poison” in the July issue of Harper’s Magazine. (Part is available online, though most is behind a pay wall.) The story is complicated — not just in the telling, but in the creation as well — and I break some of it down, nervously, on The Nervous Breakdown in an interview with Davis Schneiderman. The interview includes more historical detail about my grandparents (the subjects of the story), as well as photographs of both of them, and of me as a chubby baby and scrawny kid.
Despite never having set foot in Oklahoma in my life, I gladly wrote a short piece for This Land Press’s collection Imaginary Oklahoma, billed as “46 of today’s most important and influential writers combine with artists to provide a fictional take on the 46th state.” Many thanks to the Paris Review for the shout-out on my story, “Rich Rice from Tulsa.” Watch the Vimeo trailer for the anthology here!
I’m pleased to announce (tardily) that my story “Cross” has won Michigan Quarterly Review‘s Lawrence Foundation Prize, awarded by their editorial board to one story appearing in MQR each year. “Cross” appeared in their summer, 2012 issue.
Isaiah Sheffer interviewed me over three years ago for the radio broadcast of my story “The Briefcase” on Selected Shorts. It was my first real interview as a writer, and I don’t think I fully understood at the time how lucky I was to be on the receiving end of questions that were so deeply insightful and patient. When he passed away in November, I realized I’d never linked to this here. The broadcast of the story itself, being read at Symphony Space by the amazing Victor Garber, is available as an MP3 download here.