Today at Read Her Like an Open Book, I discuss the imperatives of Literary Citizenship

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I’m most grateful to Bill Wolfe, curator of the Read Her Like an Open Book blog, for featuring this essay of mine today — one that’s been long in the works both in incubation and synthesis. Sometimes the simplest subjects are most resistant to jotting down, for I began this piece in good faith last year. In a stellar illumination of the very precepts discussed, it took Bill’s reaching out to me last week to invite (i.e. “prod”) me to put the finishing touches on the draft and give it a home. Pay no attention to my penchant for distraction, however, in no way a reflection of my attitude toward the topic; I’ve only become more steadfast and motivated to up my “citizenship” since I first began collecting my thoughts, and especially since diving back into the discussion.

Bill’s work at Read Her Like an Open Book is itself a shining example of how to give back. I encourage readers to spend some time there.


Catch Me If You Can: April 8th-11th, 2015 AWP Conference & Bookfair, Minneapolis, MN

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​April 8th-11th, 2015 AWP Conference & Bookfair, Minneapolis, MN, see below:
Thursday, April 9th, 10:30-noon, book signing at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing table (plus I will be hanging around until 2pm, available to talk about VCFA’s graduate programs);
2-3pm book signing at Harpur Palate
Friday, April 10th, 1:30-2:30pm, book signing at Green Mountains Review;
3-4:15pm panel “The Long and the Short of It: Five Debut Authors Divulge How They Got Their Short Fiction Collections Published, Buzzed, Reviewed, and Read”
Saturday, April 11th, noon-1:15pm panel reading,
“America by Train: Riding and Writing the Rails”
​followed by book signing at Curbside Splendor
You can also catch me from time to time at the Burrow Press table, where you can purchase Train Shots for the special conference deal of $10. I haven’t attended AWP since 2009, and so many dear friends are going. I can hardly wait!  

Roundtable Discussion of MFA vs. NYC with John King, Vanessa Blakeslee, Boris Fishman, and David James Poissant

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AWP 2015 Minneapolis is just a few days away, and appropriately enough, the latest episode of The Drunken Odyssey podcast follows suit, with a lively, at times heated, Roundtable Discussion of the much-buzzed essay collection MFA vs. NYC. My partner-in-crime a.k.a. host John King and I are joined by Boris Fishman, author of the fine novel, A Replacement Life, and David James Poissant, author of the delightful debut story collection, The Heaven of Animals, both of which debuted in 2014.

You can listen to the episode here: