Thursday, October 29, 2009


Among the stuff coming up this season @ Wigleaf: work by Jim Heynen. Linking here to Matt Briggs' excellent post about JH in his Rediscovered Reading column @ Fictionaut. Heynen is one of my first favorite writers of vsf, so--very excited about this.

And while I'm on the subject: story and p-card from Elizabeth Ellen up today. Probably goes w/out saying, but her stuff is don't-miss. EE pushes things further.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


"SEED will be a historical first: a short-story collection that you can also stick up your vagina or rectum." --Miracle Jones

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"About Me and My Cousin" @ matchbook

I kind of feel like I hadn't even read this one until I read it there.

Yes, I wrote it. But take a look. You'll see why.

Brian Mihok and Edward Mullany do matchbook--and kudos to them: it's a great new mag. Super happy to have something there (and to have stuff forthcoming at The Collagist, which is the other of my favorite new mags).

Friday, October 9, 2009

Ultra Micro @ Nanoism

I have an untitled piece at Nanoism, Ben White's webmag, which, if you haven't checked it out, is a really nice venue. They've run lots of good stuff lately, including work by Peter Schwartz and Mercedes Yardley.

They're on Twitter, too, and are oriented towards that format: texts of < 140 chars w/ no titles.

I'll confess: I wrote this short on Twitter, wondering if there'd be some kind of magical zap if i got it down to 140 chars exactly (which i did!).

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Do I Really Care?

...that TriQuarterly is dead? People are falling all over themselves to decry the move to "open source." I don't think they even know what that means. Here's what it means: the admin. at Northwestern has regarded TriQ more or less as an organ of scholarship, a 'review' in the sense of peer review. Within the peer-review culture, the easier the pub is to acquire, the less stature it has. For example, I'll bet lots of money that TriQ wasn't free to students of Northwestern, even though their money funded it. Because if it had been free--even to students--it would have had less stature. It seems people are rushing to embrace the idea of stature itself. Something closed off. Distant and admirable. Fuck stature. I won't miss TriQ. I think there's a very good chance that, with the online ("open source") version of TriQ, the CW people at Northwestern will produce something a lot more compelling.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pre-orderable: Sojourn #22

I haven't seen a TOC yet, but I sure do like the cover!

My cont. to this one is a set of 5 Gymnos, including the "Sandusky Gymnopedie," which was written to this song (U. Tupelo fans will have already guessed which one).

Sunday, October 4, 2009

rrreeedit: Ravi Mangla's "Gratitude"


What's Your Point?

These are real publications:

Tweet the Meat
Zombie Feary Tales
Untied Shoelaces of the Mind
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
wtf pwm
Dark and Dreary Magazine.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Here's Something to Check Out

Have you seen Laura Ellen Scott's VIP/VSF blog? Some real goodness up today--bunch of collaborative micros, by Joseph Young and Kathy Fish. In their intro, they talk about the process, which involved each handing over five partials, to be completed by the other, as 'hybrids.'

J. Young: "What a great thing not only to take someone else’s words and work with them and care for them as if they were your own, but also to give over care of your own words, words so meticulously chosen and labored over, and entrust them to someone else."

Just recently I did something similar w/ Lily Hoang for her 'Unfinished Story' collection. In her recent conversation with Molly Gaudry, Lily says how the thing kind of started as a question: "How many people abandon perfectly good projects?" She says how she asked writers "to send me their trash, their discarded & unwanted, and I would promise to love them."

I'll wait to describe the particulars later, but, as J. Young says, it was an awesome experience/experiment. And the collaboration yielded a much more kick-ass story than I ever would have got by pushing on thru......