Events in 2015
06.13-20.15: Instructor at Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Gambier, OH.
06.02.15: Brews + Prose, Cleveland, OH. Reading with Eleanor Henderson
04.08-12.15: AWP Conference, Minneapolis, MN—Two Panels
The Art of the Encounter—Structuring Short Fiction with Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Rebecca Makkai, Chinelo Okparanta and Molly Antopol
Three New Voices at The Kenyon Review with Jamaal May, Melinda Moustakis and David Lynn
03.24.15: Dixie Forum Series, Dixie State University, St. George, UT. With W. Todd Kaneko
3.20-21.15: Voices of the Middle West Literary Festival, Ann Arbor MI
Kickoff reading with festival authors, Literati Bookstore 6-8pm, 3/20
Panel discussion, “The Midwest as Place” with C.J. Hribal, Melba Boyd, Marcus Wicker and Aaron Burch. 11:15-12:15am, 3/21
03.01-19.15: Artist Residency at Can Serrat, Centro de Actividades Artisticas, El Bruc, Spain
Events in 2014
05.15-06.12.14: Artist Residency, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough NH.
11.12.14: It Lives! Revision workshop at Kent District Library-East Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, MI. 6-8pm
11.7.14: Gulf Coast Reading Series, Houston TX. 7pm
11.4-6.14: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR.
10.21.14: Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA. 7pm reading with Paula Bohnice
10.1-4.14: Weber State University, Ogden UT. Multiple events.
09.27.14: It Lives! Revision workshop at Kent District Library-Plainfield, Grand Rapids, MI. 1-3:30pm
06.14-21.14: Teaching at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops, Gambier OH.
04.12.14: How To Write Like I Do workshop at 826Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, 1-3:30pm.
02.26-3.1.14: AWP Conference, Seattle WA (multiple events).
02.17.14: University of Notre Dame.
02.13.14: Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Craft Talk at 10am, Reading at 2:15pm, Texas Township Campus, Student Commons Theater.
01.28.14: Grand Valley Writers Series, Grand Valley State University, 7pm Cook-DeWitt.
Events in 2013
11.07.13: Mary Louise White Visiting Writer Series, SUNY-Fredonia, NY.
10.28.13: Norwich University Writers Series, Northfield, VT. Reading with W. Todd Kaneko.
10.17.13: Smith Visiting Writer, Penn State Erie-The Behrend College, PA.
10.03.13: Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Inaugural Fiction Contest Celebration: Joe Stacksteder reads his winning story, and Passages North editor Jennifer Howard and I talk about judging and the editorial process. 7:30, 758 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids MI.
09.12-15.13: Autumn Heat Writer’s Retreat, Higgins Lake, MI, with poet Gerry LaFemina
08.03-13.13: The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, summer residency. Teaching, reading and lecture.
04.21.13: Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD. Reading with Nicole Idar. 2pm
04.17-19.13: Emerging Writer Festival, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.
04.13.13: Rally of Writers, Conference Center, West Campus of Lansing Community College, Delta Township, MI. Lansing, MI.
03.31.13-04.03.13: Celebration of the Literary Arts, Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, IA.
03.27.13: Wednesday Night Sessions, Mentobe Café, 33336 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI. Reading with W. Todd Kaneko and Robert James Russell. 7pm.
AWP Conference at Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA:
03.07.13: ASU alumni reading at Brookline Booksmith, 7pm
03.07.13 Panel discussion: Beyond Ekphrasis: The Pedagogy and Practice of Other Art Forms in the Creative Writing Classroom. Rm 204, 4:30-5:45pm
03.09.13 Panel discussion: Troubling Ideas: The Renewal of Argumentative Fiction. Room 107, Plaza Level, 3-4:15pm.
02.21.13: University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN.
Four Short Story Writers of the Apocalypse, Writer’s Garrett, Dallas TX:
01.25.13: 5:30 reading with Robin Hemley, Michael Martone, and Owen Egerton
01.26.13: 10-12:30pm, Writing in 4D workshop.
Winter 2015: Most of these no longer qualify as news, but please see my “Prose” page for new fiction and nonfiction publications from the last year
January 2014: My essay "The Glory of the Bad Idea" is up at The Kenyon Review as part of the 75th Anniversary Credo series. Other new essays have appeared over the past few months in Memorious, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and The Southern Review.
October 2013: My short story "The Lion of Gripsholm Castle" gets a special mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses 2014... as nonfiction. Genre blurring in action!
Winter 2013: I’m grateful to PANK and Five Chapters for their Pushcart Prize nominations, and to the editors of Hayden’s Ferry Review, Unstuck, Crazyhorse, Post Road and Sonora Review for featuring my new fiction and nonfiction in their pages.
Fall 2013: So pleased to see two of my older stories featured in two beautiful new anthologies: A Café Irreal Anthology, out from Guide Dog Books, and Road to Nowhere: New Stories from the Southwest, from University of New Mexico Press.
09.15.12: Submissions open at The Kenyon Review, where I’m very excited to begin reading as the new fiction editor.
08.01.12: This Is Not Your City named runner-up for the Paula Anderson Book Award from Word Riot Press.
05.15.12: This Is Not Your City is named to the short list for the William Saroyan Prize for International Writing.
05.02.12: Two writers I love recommend my stories. I didn't pay them or anything.
04.11.12: Head to the App Store to read my work on your iPad, or squint and read it on your phone! My stories were recently featured on Storyville, and the new Bookslinger app from Consortium.
03.27.12: This Is Not Your City is one of "12 Great Small Press Books Recommended by Literary Insiders"!
03.01.12: Fledging publisher The Lit Pub has made a gorgeous chapbook of my story "23 Months"!
02.08.12: The Story Prize names This Is Not Your City as one of seven outstanding story collections of 2011.
12.31.11: PUBSLUSH and Mostly Midwest both list This Is Not Your City as a favorite book of 2011.
12.25.2011: San Francisco Chronicle names This Is Not Your City one of the best 100 books of 2011.
12.20.2011: This Is Not your City is one of the "Ten Favorites of 2011" over at the B3nson blog.
12.18.2011: Jeff Martin says the nicest things possible about This Is Not Your City for the Millions' Year in Reading.
11.15.2011: Thanks to Brevity for the Pushcart nomination for "A Fiction Writer Takes Off Her Shoes."
10.24.2011: I have a story in The New Yorker. I'm still speechless.
10.17.2011: I'm interviewed as the Monday Michigander here.
09.23.2011: I get to brag about someone else for a change: a guest blog post about Kelcey Parker's story collection For Sale By Owner.
08.28.2011: The Boston Globe reviews This Is Not Your City, and lists it as a "New & Recommended Book."
08.22.2011: An interview with Kate Petersen, over at The Rumpus. I mention "vampire ice cream."
08.18.2011: A new interview with Roxane Gay, at HTMLGIANT.
07.31.2011 The San Francisco Chronicle lists This Is Not Your City as a Recommended Book.
08.01.2011: This Is Not Your City is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for Fall 2011.
07.31.2011: This Is Not Your City is a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.
07.31.2011: I talk about literary influences in the Louisville Courier-Journal.
07.25.2011: I'm featured on fiction writer Kelcey Parker's blog series, "How to Become a Writer."
07.12.2011: This Is Not Your City is a "New & Notable" selection at Belletrista.
07.05.2011: I'm the July Selection over at Andrew's Book Club.
06.27.2011: A guest post about This Is Not Your City for The Story Prize blog.
06.23.2011: An article in Revue, "Short Fiction That's Not Short on Skill."
06.23.2011: A thank you to Roxane Gay, of PANK magazine, for nominating This Is Not Your City as a best book by an author on the U.P. Book Tour.
05.11.2011: An interview with Bark, the Willow Springs blog.
04.06.2011: An interview with Hot Metal Bridge.
Winter 2010: I’m pleased to begin work as a new fiction associate editor for West Branch literary journal
Fall 2010: I’m the judge for Phoebe’s 2010 Winter Fiction Contest. Check out contest guidelines here.
10.05.10: Best American Short Stories 2010 has named “At the Zoo” a distinguished story of 2009.
09.30.10: My story, “Where the Air Blows Through” is up on the Huffington Post as part of 7 Days 7 Artists 7 Rings, “a living, responsive work of art created by Rebecca Campbell and Nicole Walker.” Thank you to them, and to the participating artists and writers.
08.18.2010: I got a mention at Venus Zine as a "Writer on the Rise."
07.01.2010: My story “The Sleep” is an Atlantic Fiction for Kindle download now available on Amazon.
04.13.2010: I'm thrilled and honored to be the winner of the 2010 Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review. Read the story, or just see the egg.
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