Reading at Left Bank Books With Allison Coffelt, 5/31


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Allison Coffelt, out of doors.

I’ll be reading at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 5/31 at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, as the opening act for the amazing Allison Coffelt! The event is free and open to the public.

Allison is promoting her debut essay collection, Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip Through Haiti, out now from Lanternfish Press.

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.”


Me, indoors.

As for me, I’m still repping Ashland Creek Press’s Among Animals 2: The Lives of Humans and Animals in Contemporary Short Fiction, though I’ll probably read something newer.

Hope to see you at Left Bank, St. Louis!






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Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal Out Now

Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal, has been published!

Put together by some of the fine folks who bring you The Laurel Review, this new journal features 178 pages of work that “provides a window into the Y generation’s creative psyche, with poems, prose, and visual art from around the world.”


The inaugural issue includes “War Story,” my short story about American protestation that doesn’t have any horses in it, not even metaphorically, or at all.

You can buy the issue here, or check out the journal’s website, which features a rotating selection of works from the print journal. I’ll share a link to “War Story” if/when it appears.



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“War Story” Accepted by Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal

“War Story,” an existential crisis story I wrote a long while ago, after learning that the United States was at war with Iraq (again), has found a home in the inaugural issue of Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal, which will be published by Green Tower Press in April-May 2018.


Since I was born in 1980, I consider myself part of the micro-generation clumsily known as “The Oregon Trail Generation,” “Xennials,” or “Generation Catalano,” but the grand sweep of history (and this magazine) defines we “cuspers” as the very oldest possible millennials, so here I am!

I’m looking forward to the launch of this exciting new journal, and am pleased to be included.

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“The Happy Family” in Sundress Publications’ Curious Specimens Anthology

My little Barnum Museum short-short “Case No. 37: The Happy Family” has been included in Curious Specimens, a Sundress Publications anthology of the odd, uncanny, and macabre, curated by the marvelous Wren Hanks and Beth Couture.

You can read the whole book for free here! “The Happy Family” lives on page 67.


A 501(c)3 non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000, Sundress Publications publishes chapbooks and full-length works in both print and digital formats, and hosts a variety of online journals.

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“One Trick Pony” is a Pushcart Prize Nominee

“One Trick Pony,” my story about the traumatic filming of Jesse James (1939), has been selected by Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, as one of the journal’s Pushcart Prize nominees for 2017.


Essentially, this means the editors of Big Muddy have chosen “One Trick Pony” as one of the six best pieces published in the journal this year, and are making it eligible to be considered for the annual Pushcart Prize anthology.

The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is one of the most honored literary projects in America, collecting the finest work from small literary magazines across the nation.

“One Trick Pony” is forthcoming in issue 17.2 of Big Muddy. This is my third Pushcart nomination.

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“The Lost Hoof of Fire Horse #12” Accepted by Footnote: A Literary Journal of History

“The Lost Hoof of Fire Horse #12,” my short story about an unexpected equine amputation in our nation’s flammable capital, has been accepted by Footnote: A Literary Journal of History for publication in the spring/summer 2018 issue. The story is also a semifinalist for the Charter Oak Award for Best Historical, which is awarded annually by the magazine.


Published by Alternating Current Press, Footnote is “an annual literary publication dedicated to historical and contemporary views on history. It contains poetry, maps and historical photographs, fiction, essays, articles, and nonfiction by various authors, both contemporary and historical, about any topic of history.”

In the meantime, you can read the inspiration for this story at the National Museum of American History’s blog at the Smithsonian Institution:


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Reading at 33 Wine Shop and Bar, St. Louis, 5/24/17

The fine people behind the publication of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, have invited me to join them for a reading this Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at 33 Wine Shop and Bar here in St. Louis. The event is free and open to the public.


Also on the evening’s roster:

Ron Austin
Born and raised in St. Louis, Ron A. Austin has received a 2016 RAC fellowship and published short stories in Ninth Letter, Story Quarterly, and Black Warrior Review.

James Brubaker
Author of Liner Notes and Pilot Season, with stories in Zoetrope: All Story, Hobart, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among other venues; he is an Assistant Professor at Southeast Missouri State where he also directs the University Press.

Charlotte Covey
Charlotte is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Missouri – St Louis, and she has work published or forthcoming in journals such as Salamander Review, The Normal School, and CALYX Journal.

Daniel Crocker
Teaches at Southeast Missouri State University. His upcoming book is called “Shit House Rat.”

Marisol Ramirez
Marisol Ramirez earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and was UMSL’s 2014 poet laureate.

Victoria Walls
A Nashville TN native with an MFA from UMSL, Victoria Walls teaches at SLU and UMSL, and serves as an assistant editor at WomenArts Quarterly. Her poetry appears in two issues of Slippery Elm Literary Journal.

It should be an eclectic and fun night of poetry and prose (and wine).

Hope to see you there!

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Interview at Cartridge Lit

I recently had a conversation about video games, animals, and video game animals with A.A. Balaskovits, fellow woman-who-games, fellow Cartridge Lit editor, and singular author of the recently published (and luminous!) short fiction collection Magic for Unlucky Girls.


This happened because last October, Cartridge Lit was kind enough to publish “A Horse Draws Near!” my lyric essay about the many horses who have appeared in video games over the years.

Click here to read the interview!

Click here to read “A Horse Draws Near!”

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“One Trick Pony” Accepted By Big Muddy

“One Trick Pony,” my story about the mounted cliff jump stunt in Jesse James (1939) that led to the American Humane Association’s supervision of animal action in movies will appear in a future issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.


Part of Southeast Missouri State University Press, Big Muddy publishes general submissions, as well as “work and topics dealing with the 10-state area that borders the Mississippi River, from the United States/Canadian border to Louisiana’s Gulf Coast.”

Watch this space for a release date.

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Reading At Maryville University, 4/27/17

I’ll be giving a home-team reading at Maryville University’s Morton J. May Foundation Gallery at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 to celebrate the release of Ashland Creek Press’s Among Animals 2, which features my short story “Shooting A Mule.”


Billy, alas, will not be attending.

This reading is part of Writes of Spring, Maryville’s annual showcase of emerging and established writers, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided, and copies of Among Animals 2 will be available for sale and signing after the reading.

Previous Writes of Spring guests have included Luke Rolfes, Monica Hand, DuEwa Frazier, and Dana Levin.


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