New Story: "Losing Light" at The Cabinet of Heed

"Losing Light" is a story about a boy named Gresh who eats fireflies. No one can understand why, but his unnamed brother, who serves as the story's narrator, has an especially difficult time understanding why Gresh wants to eat these creatures. Gresh obviously hungers for them, but the brother hungers for understanding and, later, for redemption as he struggles in understanding the harsh realities of his world. This is a strange little story, but I'm super proud of it. 

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My May Reading Journal

May was BUSY, so my notes are short. Still, though, I was able to experience some really good literature. Undoubtedly, J. Ryan Stradal’s latest was the best book I read in May. Here’s my recap in reading of the month that was:

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I'm Profiled at Lit Hub Today

When I found out the folks at Lit Hub were wanting to profile me for their “Secrets of the Book Critic” series, I couldn’t believe it. I eagerly agreed, and set out to answer some questions about book world.

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My April Reading Journal

April is usually the busiest and most stressful month of the year for me. 2019 was NOT an exception. Still, I managed to read 7 books, which isn’t too bad. In West Mills is the winner of my month—and maybe of my year. It’s spectacularly good. Here’s a recap of my reading from the month that was:

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Review: Molly Dektar's The Ash Family

Molly Dektar’s The Ash Family is one of my favorite debuts of the year. It’s about cult living, family, freedom, and understanding self. It’s unsettling, but it’s also inspiring in ways. It was my pleasure to be able to review it for the Chicago Review of Books.

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The Pulitzer Prize is Coming...

The Pulitzer Prize is a celebration of the year that was’ “best” literature. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to write about the Prize for Electric Literature. Like I did a couple of years ago, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 most-likely contenders for the Pulitzer.

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New Story Alert: "Those Fantastic Lives" at Syntax & Salt

If writers can pick favorite stories of their own catalog, I’m claiming “Those Fantastic Lives” as mine. I worked on it for such a long time to get it just how I wanted it, and I’m so proud of it. It’s about a young boy and his psychic grandmother. This story looks at issues of legacy and belonging. It’s sad like most of my stories, but it’s also hopeful.

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Sending My Debut Short Story Collection Into the World

The editors at BULL, Syntax & Salt, Rose Red Review, Signal Mountain Review, formercactus, Literary Orphans, Ghost Parachute, The Wild Hunt, The Airgonaut, Five:2:One, Vending Machine Press, Occulum, and Drunk Monkeys have already believed in me, so I’ll believe in myself as this journey continues.

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My January Reading Journal

2019 is here. Of course, a new year brings new books. I have lots of galleys to get to that are about to break my shelf, so I talk about several upcoming releases below. But I also go back in time for some classics. Here are some thoughts about my reading from the first month of 2019.

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NBCC Leonard Award Judging

For the past few years, I’ve been a member of the National Book Critics Circle. There are many great perks with membership. But one of my very favorite things about my involvement with this group is that I get to serve on a smaller committee that determines the Leonard Award. The John Leonard Prize recognizes the best debut of the year.

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Interview with Chigozie Obioma at The Millions

Several weeks back, I had the privilege of being able to interview Chigozie Obioma for The Millions. I loved Chigozie’s first novel, The Fishermen, so I was stoked when I found out he had a new book on the way. And An Orchestra of Minorities, his sophomore release, does not disappoint. It’s such a rich study on character, myth, and fate. It’s a masterclass in fiction.

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My December Reading Journal

The end of 2018 has arrived, and I’m celebrating by getting as many books in as I can. With a few extra days off work, I can sit back and get lost in the words. Here’s my short recap of the books I read in December:

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Read "Revival Forest" at The Wild Hunt

New story alert. My latest one, “Revival Forest” is up at The Wild Hunt. I’m so glad this story found the perfect home. The issue “Revival Forest” is in is the first themed issued for this journal. Each of the stories explore what is inside the woods.

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My November Reading Diary

November was my slowest reading month of the year. End-of-semester stress peaked. Diminishing sunlight left me feeling blue. Holidays returned. Sigh. While the month wasn’t great on most fronts, I did get some reading done. Here’s a short recap of the books I encountered:

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