Yesterday I returned from a long and hot, but also wonderful week in Gambier, Ohio at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. I wrote about my experience in my recent Tiny Letter (subscribe to check it out).
Pictured: On the left is Angie Cruz in the lower left hand corner, snapping this photo of our fiction cohort. I have made some friends for life. Click to see a photo of my reading at Kenyon.
Thank you to Maudlin House for publishing a weird little stream of consciousness flash fiction piece of mine. It is about women in male dominated political spheres as well as addiction and mental health issues.
Today I learned that "The Favorite" was nominated for Best Small Fictions by cahoodaloodaling. This piece was originally picked up by Word Riot and appeared in the very last issue before their hiatus, which was a tremendous honor. It then was re-published in cahoodaloodaling's "Of Distance and Discord" Winter 2017 issue. Big thanks to both publications for giving it a home and an extra special thank you to cahoodaloodaling for the nomination. You can read the piece here.
I'm pumped to see that Hanif is returning to Butler for a poetry reading. I saw him this summer at Butler at the Divedapper Poetry Carnival. He is an insanely talented poet and his energy is infectious. Details about the event are provided below. It is free and open to the public. If you are interested in more information about Hanif, check out his website.
Friday, November 10th at 6:30 pm.
Butler University's Efroymson Center for Creative Writing
In July I started working with Split Lip Magazine as the Editorial Assistant. Joining the Split Lip FAM has been as amazing as I would have hoped. The editorial team is passionate about creating a family atmosphere with the publication. The excitement that the editorial team, the readers and contributors feel for the magazine is palatable and infectious.
While you're there, check out BOOTH X. Our tenth anniversary issue is a 460-page, hardback behemoth, a compilation of astonishing works from our past and present. This special edition includes fiction from Matt Bell, Roxane Gay, Kirsty Logan, and Brad Watson; poetry by Paula Brancato, John Gallaher, Derrick Harriell, Amorak Huey, Marty McConnell, Matthew Minicucci, Charlotte Pence, and Aubrey Ryan; nonfiction from Kim Addonizio, Jonathan Lethem, John McNally, and Chris Offutt; interviews with Jonathan Franzen, Chuck Klosterman, George Saunders, and Cheryl Strayed; and so much more.
The second annual Divedapper Poetry Carnival was held in Indianapolis at Butler University's Efroymson Center for Creative Writing on Saturday, August 12th. The carnival is the brainchild of Butler MFA alum Kaveh Akbar and named after Kaveh's popular poetry blog that features interviews with contemporary poets. I helped oversee the blackout poetry table, which was arguably the easiest job. Along with Kaveh, Dan Barden and John Eckerd did the bulk of the planning and work to make this even happen and deserve a lot of praise.