I haven’t posted any updates here in a while. Thankfully, much has been happening!
The latest issue of Valparaiso Fiction Review is hot off the presses, and it includes my short story “Ghosts of Men Alive” along with stories by Peter Obourn, Dyanne Stempel, Carolyn Oliver, Louise Marburg, John Danahy, and Sian M. Jones!
My poem “The Greatest Generation” has been accepted for the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of Naugatuck River Review. The issue should be out by the end of August. It will appear online with a print issue also available to order.
The April 19 reading at Milepost 5 in Portland went splendidly! I really enjoyed meeting my co-readers Jamie Duclos-Yourdon and Margaret Malone, who proved to be both talented and personable. Special thanks to Elohi Gadugi Journal and Duane Poncy, for sponsoring and hosting this long-running and well-organized reading series.
I was one of the featured guests in a special National Peace Corps Week edition of the Get Off My Lawn podcast, hosted by Kevin Marousek. Also interviewed were Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, fellow RPCV from Kazakhstan and Jesuit-in-training Tony Lusvardi, and cellist Ivan Trevino of the group Break of Reality, who collaborated with Kazakhstani singer Galymzhan Moldanazar. (I come in at around 24:30.)
Forest Under Story: A Decade of Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest has been released—what a beautifully produced book! So many outstanding writers have work in this anthology, including Scott Russell Sanders, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Andrew C. Gottlieb, Jane Hirshfield, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Robert Michael Pyle. My own modest contribution is on pp. 123–124 (my poem “New Channel”).
The Winter 2015 issue of Kudzu House Quarterly is up! Among the other fine creative works you’ll find in it (I hope you’ll check out the whole issue) is my poem “Late Winter, Lookout Creek”.
I’ve received some questions about how to pre-order my forthcoming short-story collection, Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air, which is now on track to be released in June. There are two ways to do so. My distributor is the Texas A&M University Press and Texas Book Consortium. You may call their orders department at 1-800-826-8911 and provide your credit card information over the phone. (The ISBN # is 978-1-62288-103-1.) Or you may pre-order from Amazon at this link. The lovely cover art isn’t posted there yet, but it should be soon!