Each spring, a cohort of creative writing students at Maryville University, St. Louis work to assemble the latest issue of Magnolia, a student-runmagazine featuring the artwork and writing ofMaryville students, faculty, and alumni. The magazine’s 2023 issue, its nineteenth, comes out next week!
To celebrate, Magnolia‘s talented student editors are hosting a launch party for contributors to read accepted work. Most of the fiction included came out of my Writing Fiction class this semester, which has been one of those rare, magical workshops that basically runs itself, featuring inspiring guest appearances by Luke Rolfes, Niki Herd, and Bess Winter.
Although I didn’t submit anything to the magazine this year, I’m tickled pink that my students invited me to join in and read something from my forthcoming collection, Horse Show.
The launch party is free and open to the public, so come get your new copy of Magnolia and congratulate our student writers and editors!
I am thrilled to announce that Horse Show, my debut fiction collection, is now under contract at Santa Fe Writers Project!
From the press’s website: “SFWP is an independent press founded in 1998 by Andrew Gifford. We publish exciting fiction and creative nonfiction of every genre, maintain an online literary journal, and run an annual internationally-recognized Awards Program. All of our titles are distributed globally by the Independent Publishers Group. We aggressively pursue sub-rights, working closely with the Susan Schulman Literary Agency, and have sold audio, translation, and film/TV/streaming rights. Our books are available worldwide, in every format, everywhere books are sold.”
More Horse Show news to share very soon! Watch this space…!
“One Trick Pony,” my short story about the horrific making of the movie Jesse James (1939), has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Ashland Creek Press, which anthologized the story in Among Animals 3.
In it, you’ll find “One Trick Pony,” my short story about a 1930s stunt horse’s ill-fated run-in with the Lake of the Ozarks. This story was originally published in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, where it was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
This is the second Among Animals anthology that features my fiction–you can find “Shooting A Mule” in Among Animals 2.
“Two On A Horse,” my short story about the long-defunct Coney Island Steeplechase amusement park ride, has just been republished online by the mighty Guesthouse as part of their blog series Relish: An Internet Archive.
“The Lost Hoof of Fire Horse #12,” my short story surmising the provenance of a very particular gutta-percha dipped paperweight, will be published in the fourth edition of Footnote: A Literary Journal of History on 7/14/20.
“The fourth issue of our annual literary publication contains 48 works of poetry, photographs, fiction, essays, articles, and nonfiction by 33 authors about various historical topics. Within these pages, you will find contemporary outlooks on history right alongside little-known public domain works that feel as fresh and as vibrant (and as scary) as if they were written today. Here, the old meets the new, and you’ll discover fascinating history from a personal, accessible, non-scholarly literary approach.”
“Trigger Warnings: slavery, racism, gun violence, animal amputation, death in childbirth, bullfighting, suicide, Native American massacres and betrayal by whites, climate trauma, light sexual content of transgender transitioning, light nudity in 16th-c. paintings, animal cruelty, child death (mild horror).”
There hasn’t been much news to post here since I’ve spent the past year working on a novel instead of short stories, which are easier to publish and read aloud at bookstores.
What you should picture in this space instead is a scene akin to the fourth season of The Real World: London (!) when the MTV casting execs thought, “you know what would be a hip addition to this aspirational Notting Hill loft? A real live WRITER!”
Remember how that writer, who was also named J(ay), spent the whole season scrunching his face up at Microsoft Works on his giant boxy 1990s computer monitor?
From the publisher’s website: “Maps Are Lines We Draw explores the culture and natural beauty of the island as well as its discomfiting realities: the threat well-intentioned aid organizations can present to the local economy; the privilege that determines who gets to travel between a “here” and a distant “there” which is foreign and other; and the challenge of doing short-term good without creating long-lasting harm.”