Last year, I had the honor of judging the fiction section of the Indiana University Southeast Writing Contest. It was a wonderful experience reading such talented writers, and I was doubly honored this year when those students invited me to campus to read from Hagridden and give a talk on fiction writing. But then the … More IU Southeast Writing Contest Winners, 2014
I’ve been looking over 2013 and thinking about my writing work, and folks, this has been one hell of a year. It started in the very first weeks of January, when I received — almost back-to-back — an offer from sunnyoutside press to publish my first book, Box Cutters, and an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Both … More 2013: the year of all the awesome I could ever want
I’m very proud to have judged the fiction section of the Indiana University Southeast Writing Contest this year. My friend Steve Bowman, who teaches there, recommended me as one of the contest judges, and I had a great time reading the submissions. My congratulations to all the young writers who sent in such good short … More IU Southeast Writing Contest Winners, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen! Have I got news for you! My story, “Lightning My Pilot,” is currently a finalist for the storySouth Million Writers Award! And YOU get to vote on the winner! This is huge news, gang, and I am absolutely THRILLED by it! If you haven’t read the story yet (or just want to … More Finalist in the storySouth Million Writers Award
What a week in literature! This past Tuesday, my wife and I went to see Salman Rushdie speak as the inaugural writer in this year’s Portland Arts & Lectures series. I’ve heard him on the radio several times and I’ve enjoyed his appearances on The Daily Show, so I knew the guy was not only … More Words everywhere
Several weeks ago, I announced here on the blog that Nathaniel Tower and the other excellent folks at Bartleby Snopes had nominated my story, “Lightning My Pilot,” for the storySouth Million Writers Award. (Actually, the story got nominated twice — my wife got there first, with a reader nomination.) Today I got an email from the … More I’m notable!