Dec. 16, 2011: The past few weeks have really seen the ol’ literary ball rolling… I’ve had two more short stories accepted for publication, both by Fjords Review for their upcoming Spring 2012 issue: “Znamenskaya Russkaya Pravoslavnaya Tserkov (The Holy Sign Russian Orthodox Church)” and “The Cat People.” You can learn more about Fjords here; it’s an impressive journal, and I’m pleased my stories have found a good home there.
[Later note: “The Cat People” was nominated by Fjords Review for a Pushcart Prize!]
Dec. 7, 2011: I’m very pleased to report that my creative nonfiction essay “Ships in the Desert,” which appeared in New Madrid earlier this year, has been nominated by that journal for a Pushcart Prize, a prestigious distinction. This from their website: “The Pushcart Prize - Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America.” This is my second Pushcart nomination. I thank the entire staff of New Madrid, who were a pleasure to work with and produced an outstanding issue; I hope I’m selected for inclusion in the Pushcart anthology not only for myself but to recognize their excellent work as well.
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Nov. 22, 2011: I learned today that my short story “Ball and Chain” has been accepted by Little Patuxent Review for their Winter 2012 Social Justice issue!
Also, now that the contracts have been signed, I can report that my essay “Itam,” which was named Honorable Mention in the 2009 Tara L. Masih Intercultural Essay Prize contest, will be reprinted in a new anthology, The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays, to be published by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. in 2012. Tara Masih is editor of this project. You may visit her website here.
Sept. 28, 2011: I recently learned that my essay “Place as Self” has been accepted for publication by ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. This attractive peer-reviewed journal, part of the Oxford Journals group, is the official journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. It seeks to explore the relation between human beings and the natural world, an area of great interest to me.
Also recently, “The Right Road,” an excerpt from my novel-in-progress, won 2nd Place in the 2010 Long Story Contest, International (judged by Allison Alsup). Run by White Eagle Coffee Store Press and now in its 18th year, this contest is widely considered the premier competition for long stories (8,000–14,000 words).
July 18, 2011: We’re live! I’ve entirely revamped my website. Many thanks to LaDonna Eastman for her work on this. I hope you will find it more attractive and easier to navigate than before.
Jan. 24, 2011: Presentation of “Travel Writing: Taking the High Road, the Low Road, a Busy Urban Street, or a Trackless Desert Trace and Finding Our Way Back Home” to the Professional Writers of Prescott on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Founders Suite of the Prescott Public Library.