Submission to NPR’s Three Minute Fiction: Oxford Blue In Green

Jerry, buddy, the sun’s just come up.  It’s six in the morning here, so it’s midnight in New England.  I’m glad I didn’t wake you, but I did hope to talk.  I haven’t been to bed yet, buddy.  It’s brilliant here.  That’s what they say about everything—brilliant. It’s come to me though.  All of it. … Continue reading Submission to NPR’s Three Minute Fiction: Oxford Blue In Green

Submission to NPR’s Three Minute Fiction: Sad Eyes Hazel

Cassie, I’m sorry for filling your voicemail, but I keep getting cut off.  I just can’t believe about Daniel.  Why is he doing this?  Doesn’t he remember about Sunday school?  Your husband was the teacher, for God’s sake!  But I’m sure you’ve been over this in your head and in your conversations with your new … Continue reading Submission to NPR’s Three Minute Fiction: Sad Eyes Hazel

Word Portland: Come for a Pint, Stay for the Words

Literary readings can be sad affairs.  At their worst, they're either quiet and bleached, the audience members every so often making an "Mmmm" sound at appropriate times when an image or phrase brings a slight tremor to their soul.  Or, they too often exist at the other end of the literary reading spectrum where audience … Continue reading Word Portland: Come for a Pint, Stay for the Words

Steve Almond and the Art of Reading Literary Smut in Public

Here's how you get away with reading sex scenes in public: make the experience really human.  That's what I learned from attending Steve Almond's reading at Space Gallery in Portland last Saturday (1.26.13).  Being raised in the Catholic tradition, where sex is often had but seldom talked about, I still squirm when hearing someone openly … Continue reading Steve Almond and the Art of Reading Literary Smut in Public

What the Concept Album Can Teach Short Story Writers

In the summer of 2007 on a campus in the Bread Loaf Wilderness in Ripton, Vermont, I inadvertently incited an argument between two writers. While discussing Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker in a fiction writing workshop run by the patient and at times clairvoyant Patricia Powell she noted that Danticat’s book was a novel that … Continue reading What the Concept Album Can Teach Short Story Writers