The Jersey Devil ate all the Halloween candy and is ready for Thanksgiving now

Gang, the November issue of Jersey Devil Press is out, and it’s a beauty. Are you into creation mythology built on severed fingers? Have a taste for bodily invasive noodles? Feel like more heartbreaking love stories ought to involve geophagia? Harvest many organs? Like to hail Satan? Yeah, we got all that. Plus the fun sugar-skulled bulldog artContinue reading “The Jersey Devil ate all the Halloween candy and is ready for Thanksgiving now”

Book porn, autumn 2015

I don’t think I’ve posted any book porn since I brought back my tremendous stack of books from Sewanee more than two months ago. And yeah, I’ve barely made a dent in that stack but in the meantime, I have indeed still been collecting more books. The backlog, it is impressive. Anyway, here are some of theContinue reading “Book porn, autumn 2015”

More on the poet who should never have been named

Yesterday, I posted about the Best American Poetry 2015 controversy, and in the comments, writer N. E. White (also a pseudonym, but one legitimately used) asked a smart question: When I submit my work anywhere [under a pseudonym], I include my real name on the submission. I thought that was pretty standard practice. Is thatContinue reading “More on the poet who should never have been named”

A suggestion for Sherman Alexie and the Best American series (and publishers in general)

For those unfamiliar with the controversy, here is a short recap, as I understand it: In the 2015 edition of the Best American Poetry anthology, this year’s editor, Sherman Alexie, unwittingly included a poem by “Yi-Fen Chou,” a person whose name I put in quotes because he doesn’t exist — “Yi-Fen Chou” is, in fact, a penContinue reading “A suggestion for Sherman Alexie and the Best American series (and publishers in general)”

It’s a surreal September for the Jersey Devil

The heat must have gotten to us. Because as Jersey Devil Press leaves summer behind and ushers in fall, we’ve started getting a little . . . weird. And this is Jersey Devil Press, so that’s saying something! But it’s a wistful, surreal kind of weird, with monster bees that seem perfectly peaceful, a woman aloneContinue reading “It’s a surreal September for the Jersey Devil”

The “rules” of reading: Neil Gaiman, Hagridden, and age appropriateness

Yesterday, on my Facebook page, I revealed that my eight-year-old niece had taken my books to school because her class is discussing what and why authors write. She thought it would be cool to share with her classmates that her uncle is a published author, even though, as my sister put it, my fiction isContinue reading “The “rules” of reading: Neil Gaiman, Hagridden, and age appropriateness”

Ellen Urbani celebrates Landfall at Powell’s, and a bunch of Portland writers hug each other

Last night, I attended the Portland celebration of Ellen Urbani‘s new novel, Landfall, at the Powell’s downtown. Ellen has been getting a lot of much-deserved positive attention for this beautiful, important novel (full disclosure: I blurbed it, but only because I loved it so much), so I knew the turnout would be big, and whenContinue reading “Ellen Urbani celebrates Landfall at Powell’s, and a bunch of Portland writers hug each other”

Hagridden at one year: the reading copy

While I was preparing to read from Hagridden on the novel’s first birthday this past August 19, my wife was thinking about my reading copy of Hagridden, worn and fringed with multicolored note tabs, and she suggested I share that copy of the novel with you. Which I thought was a wonderful idea! So here is myContinue reading “Hagridden at one year: the reading copy”

Hagridden’s birthday and the Burning River West Coast Tour

A few days ago, Hagridden turned 1 year old. It’s walking around and eating solid food and everything. (More tomorrow on Hagridden at one year old!) To celebrate, I took the novel on the road, joining Hagridden‘s older, smaller half-sibling, Box Cutters, and my sunnyoutside pressmate Christopher Bowen on his Burning River Prose and PoetryContinue reading “Hagridden’s birthday and the Burning River West Coast Tour”

Sewanee books!

Today, my book haul from Sewanee Writers’ Conference arrived by mail, and I immediately stacked them for a photo so I could share with y’all the fantastic books I’m looking forward to reading the remainder of this year. I’ve listed them below in the order they’re in on the stack, with asterisks next to members ofContinue reading “Sewanee books!”