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2 Weeks to Go and a New class Offered !

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated here. The uncertainty of the world, and taking my university teaching online took over all my brain space.

But now it’s TWO WEEKS to go until the release of my book, Collective Gravities, from amazing Word West!

It’s mentioned by Publisher’s Weekly as one of fifteen Indie gems

It’s had some early reviews:

In Trampset

Amanda McLeod Writes

Bending Genres

 

AND in other news, I’m super excited to be offering a new upcoming class! It is open to anyone interested in writing fiction, poetry, or non-fiction!

ESCAPE VELOCITY

On May 30th, SpaceX made history by becoming the first private entity to ferry two astronauts to the International Space Station. Still, this is just one step in the second space race going on right now. Today, you can’t find a department store without a rack filled with NASA shirts, and it’s for good reason: space is here to stay.
Space exploration, now more than ever, reaches well beyond the sciences. In the global space market, there is room for a multitude of topics and professions. From ‘Space Force’ and ‘Ad Astra’, the writings of Becky Chambers and the Expanse series, and video games such as Outer Worlds, space is infiltrating every corner of our culture.
Because of this, we’ve designed a month-long class and writing workshop on the future of space, through a wide-ranging lens including cultural, technological, societal ideas, and research.
This class is designed to be completely online and friendly to all schedules. It will include several “class periods” a week. These include readings, lectures, writing prompts, and more. We’ll also be implementing your feedback and having additional sessions for peer interaction, and virtual class meet-ups.
The ultimate goal of this class is to come away with a completed piece with an imagined future of space that can be used as a standalone, or to set up a new world for a larger project.

There’s two tiers to this class. You can sign up for class materials at $150, or class materials plus instructor critique on up to 35 pages of writing for $250.

Dates: August 1st-31st

Instructor Bios
Brian Ramos
Brian is a NASA instructor who teaches flight controllers and crew at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He has a Masters in International Space Studies from the International Space University where he studied multidisciplinary and multicultural aspects of space. In 2017, he spent 8 months in a HI-SEAS Mars isolation mission on the largest active volcano in the world. Luckily, he did not go insane, and is happy to be here and bring his expertise to co-teach a writing workshop on space.
Chloe N. Clark
Chloe is the author of Collective Gravities, Your Strange Fortune, The Science of Unvanishing Objects, Under My Tongue, and the forthcoming Escaping the Body. She teaches composition, rhetoric, communication, and creative writing at Iowa State University and is a founding co-editor-in-chief of Cotton Xenomorph. She’s tweeted a lot of astronaut puns, but also has other knowledge.

 

Sign Up Here: https://forms.gle/jQg1gGxLqCT3Bfcj7

 

 

 

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Award Eligibility Post 2019

I’m looking back at the things I published in 2019 and looking forward to 2020.

Full Length:

Your Strange Fortune: Poems, Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. Speculative poetry.

Fiction:

“Bounce Pass”  Bull: Men’s Fiction (Basketball!)

“Between the Axis and the Stars”  Little Fiction (Astronauts!)

“They are Coming for You, So You Better Run, You Better Run, So You Can Hide” Jellyfish Review  (ZOMBIES!)

“Other Skins” Milk Candy Review (the body)

“Jumpers” Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (space plants!)

“The Ocean is Not Empty” Modern Language Studies (SUBMARINES AND SPACESHIPS)

“Bound” ANMLY (ALGAE AND ITS NOT VERY NICE, OR IT IS NICE TO ITSELF, READ THAT AS YOU WILL)

“A Path of Needles” The Wild Hunt (LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD BUT SHES A MAGICAL DETECTIVE)

“This Skin You Call Your Own” Boneyard: X-Ray Magazine (Witches 😉 )

Poetry

“Litany” Last Exit“Litany” Last Exit“Litany” Last Exit“Litany” Last Exit

“Ode to my Inbox” Maudlin House

“This Will Be Your Fortune Long After I Can Tell You” SWIMM

“Fortnite 1” Alegrarse

“A Consolation of Stars” Kissing Dynamite

“The Time I Saw the Earth from NASA Mission Control” The Shore

“We imagined their fossils to be thunderbolts” Bridge eight

“The Superhero’s Girlfriend” Dirty Paws

“Other Forms of Conjuring the Moon” Uncanny

“Aphelion” Glass Poetry”

“At the Chapel in DFW Airport” Vagabond City Lit

“Things People Have Written in Letters to Ghosts” Okay Donkey

“Ars Technoetica” “This is a Map that Can’t be Read” “Midwestern Nice” “A Poem in Which God is Both a Metaphor and Not” The Temz Review

“A Neural Network Names Me and Everyone I Know” Kanstellation

And next year I have not one but TWO books coming out! My debut collection of short stories, Collective Gravities, will be out from Word West and my chapbook, Under My Tongue, will be out from Louisiana Literature.

 

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BIG NEWS *heart eyes emoji*

My short story collection, Collective Gravities, is due out from the lovely Word West in July 2020.The cover is now up (and I am so lucky with how lovely it is!) and pre-orders have begun (link is here).If you are interested in getting the book, please do consider pre-ordering as they are one of the most helpful ways to support authors and presses! If you pre-order, let me know through my contact form or on Twitter, as I’d love to send you a thank you card!

I will be planning a book tour for next year, so if your city or favorite bookstore is looking for a reader, let me know!

I am also excited to be offering an online class that I’m very excited about. I will be offering it in both February and June, and sign-up for both dates has begun. I have been teaching a university class on Monster Theory and Othering for the past 6 years, as a way of teaching students about rhetoric and communication in today’s world. This class looks at how societies have always used the specter of the other as a monster to keep people in check and afraid. We also examine ways in which horror has both embraced and attempted to combat this. Over the past few months, I have been working on re-designing this course to incorporate creative writing and creation of new monsters–ways to combat/confront othering and systemic violences (a recent example of this done in film would be something like Get Out).  This course will be a month long class/workshop featuring 2-3 classes a week. Each class will feature a written and/or audio recorded lecture, readings, questions to consider for discussion, and writing prompts. The goal by the end of class is to have tools to create your own monster (in some narrative form–though as a fan of multimodal composition, we’ll discuss broad interpretations of narrative as well).  The class will feature two cost options. For 100, you will have access to all course materials and prompts. For 200, I will also do in-depth feedback critiques on the narratives your produce in the class (up to 35 pages of writing or tbd length for other narrative forms). If you’re interested, sign-up is here: https://forms.gle/ETviZPryeyX8QwiS8

In other news, I will also be opening my editing services back up. If you have a book length project (poetry chap, sequences, or full length OR fiction short story collections, novels, or flash chapbook), I offer reasonable prices and ten years of editing experience. Please use the contact form on this website if you are interested!

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Your Strange Book Release

Hi all,

This week, I’m excited to finally have my official book release for my collection (out from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press). If you happen to be in Ames, Iowa, stop in to Design on Main on October 11th (7:00-8:30 PM) for readings, cupcakes, a book signing, and surprises. In addition to me reading some poems, there will be fabulous readings by amazing writer friends: Crystal Stone, Erin Schmiel, and Claire Kruesel.

 

The FB event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/489312354979353/

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Current Things (July 29th, 2019)

Well July has been an exciting month! My debut full length poetry collection, Your Strange Fortune, was released from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press! It is available for order from the press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite independent bookstore. A lovely review of the book was out at Cleaver magazine written by the amazing KC Mead-Brewer! Another lovely review was at the awesome Juliette Sebock’s book blog!

Little Fiction allowed me to write a playlist in celebration of my book

and EcoTheo allowed me to write a short essay on the creation of the book

And I was also fortunate to have a new poem out at a fabulous place:

Litany in Last Exit

Upcoming things include a story (and a podcast interview) out soon with Modern Language Studies and if you’re interested in taking an online workshop for me—stay tuned to the workshops page and my Twitter, as I will be putting up details on my next fiction one at the end of this week!

 

 

 

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Current Things (June 20th, 2019)

I’ve had some pieces that mean a lot to me published, since my last update of current things. AND my book is coming out now in less than a month! You can still pre-order it here: http://www.vegetarianalcoholicpress.com/titles/chloe-n-clark-your-strange-fortune

I had a poem with Kissing Dynamite (with Mars!)

Another poem with The Shore (with NASA!)

A short story with Little Fiction (with space!)

One with Bull (with basketball!)

One with Jellyfish Review (with zombies!)

Another in the print issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (with space again!)

And my book was reviewed in After the Pause

Upcoming things include a microessay in EcoTheo, a short story (and an interview on their podcast!) with Modern Language Studies, and more!

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Current Things (April 26th, 2019)

My first full length book, Your Strange Fortune, is due out in July–but you can pre-order it at a great discount(31% off for April) (and with free shipping through the end of May) through the end of April at Vegetarian Alcoholic’s website! http://www.vegetarianalcoholicpress.com/titles/chloe-n-clark-your-strange-fortune

I am also delighted to announce that I will be presenting at WriteFest in Houston at the end of May! This is a great event and if you’re in the area, you should check it out!

You can read my poem at Uncanny Magazine here  and my poem at Maudlin House here!

Coming up soon, I also have a reading with 3 other wonderful poets in St. Paul, so if you’re in the area please stop by! https://www.facebook.com/events/370891713518694/

 

Finally, I have pieces forthcoming in Little Fiction, Soft Cartel, Kissing Dynamite, Jellyfish Review, and more. You can watch the trailer for my story at Little Fiction here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm9XUA0Z8WI&feature=youtu.be

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Current Things (March 9th, 2019)

I’ve had some pieces I’m very proud of up at some different lovely places:

This poem, about the videogame Fortnite, was published in the first issue of the amazing new journal Alegrarse.

This poem is over at my beloved Glass Poetry.

I have a flash fiction piece at awesome new journal Milk Candy Review (edited by the beyond fabulous Cathy Ulrich).

I wrote about my writing desk over at Split Lip Magazine.

I have a new poem in the latest issue of the wonderful Uncanny Magazine.

You can hear me read a poem from my forthcoming full length collection here and you can pre-order the book here!

I will also be involved in two readings at AWP!  I will be reading Friday with Menacing Hedge and on Saturday with Vegetarian Alcoholic Press!

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Your Strange Fortune: Pre-Orders Now Available

I’m so excited to announce that my full length collection, Your Strange Fortune, is now available from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press (coming out in July). If you pre-order before May 31st, you receive free shipping and my heartfelt thank you. Pre-orders are an extremely important aspect of publishing and one of the most helpful things you can do for an author.

You can pre-order (or find out more about the book) here: http://www.vegetarianalcoholicpress.com/titles/chloe-n-clark-your-strange-fortune

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Current Things (January 16th, 2019)

The new year is off to a lovely start! First off, the most exciting news: my debut full length collection of poetry, Your Strange Fortune, which is filled with little hopeful apocalypses will be published by Vegetarian Alcoholic Press this summer! Stay tuned for more info and book trailers (because I can’t help myself).

I also had some lovely publications that I’m quite proud of:

I also had this poem at the wonderful SWWIM.

 

My first ever flash fiction workshop, Strange Quickness, begins soon! If it goes well, I’ll be offering more in the future.

And I have some upcoming pieces in Milk Candy Review, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Uncanny, Glass, Modern Language Studies, and Alegrarse!

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Awards Eligibility Post

I published some things this year that are Awards Eligible. Links are up for the ones published online!

Waves Like Constellations (Longleaf Review)     

–Lakes, memories, creepy stuff

Leopard Seals (Supernatural Tales)

–apartments, contractual law, a monster, loving descriptions of pie

Like the Absence (Supernatural Tales)

–time travel, ghosts, childhood friendships

Balancing Beams (Little Fiction)

–SPACE, FRIENDSHIP, CREEPY STUFF, EVERYTHING I LOVE

Out in the Night, I Found Myself Falling (Third Point Press)

–See above description

These Arms of Yours (Lost Balloon)

–Trees, creepy houses, mannequins

Spoken Like Tongues (Moon Park Review)

–tongues, language, sadness  (the Chloe N Clark special)

The Intimacy of Objects (Jellyfish Review)

–astronauts, SEX! :O, sadness

The Width of Your Body Apart (Noble/Gas Quarterly)

–Yoga (but not rage yoga), strangeness under the skin

This is the Color of Your Eyes in the Dark (Noble/Gas Quarterly)

–forests, friendship, near misses

Someone Else’s Sleeper (Drunken Monkeys)

–dreams and those who eat them

Over and Somewhere (Pithead Chapel)

–pie! Mystery! LOVE!

Where God Suddenly (Bird’s Thumb)

–angels, cranberry juice, more sadness

 

And here are some that are non-speculative

Dropping Dimes (Bull)

–basketball, road trips, siblings, a Sheed reference

Just Scent Itself (JMWW)

–gel pens, relationships, that feeling you get from running too fast when youre nervous

On the Point Between You and Infinity (Okay Donkey)

–lakes, dancing, comfort

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Current Things (November 17th, 2018)

So what’s been happening in the world of my writing?

I’ve had pieces recently in the following awesome places:

2 poems over at New Southern Fugitives, 1 in Likely Red, and 1 in Bone & Ink Press.  Banshee Lit is also putting some pieces, that were previously only in print, up on their website and you can read one of mine here.

I had a flash fiction piece in Pithead Chapel and a new short story in the print edition of Supernatural Tales!

My flash fiction piece, The Intimacy of Objects, was nominated by Jellyfish Review for Best Small Fictions!

I also found out my poetry manuscript was a semi-finalist in UW Press’ Brittingham/Pollak Award Contest!

And I also have an interview with the lovely Nadia at her site.

And you can be on the lookout, if you so desire, for forthcoming pieces in Bridge Eight, Modern Language Studies, Anomaly, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, The Wild Hunt, Dirty Paws Poetry, Uncanny, and Glass!

Also in the next week or so, I’ll be doing a round-up of my awards eligible stories!

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Current Things (September 19th, 2018)

Some new things of EXCITEMENT

Today, I was delighted to have this piece (from my novel-in-stories) published over at the amazing Jellyfish Review.

My story “Where God Suddenly” was the second place winner in Bird Thumb’s Summer Fiction Contest.

I also had two flash pieces published in Okay Donkey and JMWW!

Finally, my story published last year in Gamut was listed as an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Horror (edited by Ellen Datlow. YES ELLEN DATLOW).

And I have pieces forthcoming from Modern Language Studies, Anomaly, Bridge Eight, Bone/Ink, and more.

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Current Things (Summer 2018)

Over the summer, I had some pieces published with lovely places. Here is a round-up:

I have three pieces of flash out and about:

The Width of Your Body Apart (Noble/Gas Quarterly)
This is the Color of Your Eyes in the Dark (Noble/Gas Quarterly)
These Arms of Yours (Lost Balloon)
I did an interview about my book with the lovely Naya Clark for Split Lip Magazine!

I have a poem in this awesome poetry anthology out from Apex Press. It’s called “Z is for—“ and is about zombies (sort of).

I did an interview with the awesome people at former cactus

I have a short story in Drunk Monkeys: Someone Else’s Sleeper (Drunk Monkeys)

And finally some poems in various places:
Cooking with Turmeric (Boston Accent)

Two poems in Moonchild:
Apocalypse Scenario #1 (Moonchild)
Pod Person Time (Moonchild)

But Also this is Why the Robots Always Turn on Us (Glass Poetry)

Three poems in Graviton

Finally, a poem called Lichenometry (The Coil)

 

And I have pieces forthcoming from: Jellyfish Review, The Coil, Bird’s Thumb, Okay Donkey, Pithead Chapel,Drunken Boat, and Modern Language Studies.

And finally, I have decided to remain open for editing/critiquing work even during the school year!

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Current Things (May 03rd, 2018)

Well April was a busy month, as the end of the semester always is. But I did have some new pieces up around in some amazing journals.

I have a story in the spring issue of Supernatural Tales—its titled after my greatest fear. I have a story about basketball over at Bull: Men’s Fiction (this piece was also chosen as one of Longform’s stories of the week).

I had poems in Eye to the TelescopeTerse, and Cease, Cows. 

The Game of Nerds has a kind review of my book here!

Additionally, I’m delighted that I’ll be on two panels at WisCon this month: one on interactive storytelling and one on creating diverse spaces in writing, editing, publishing, and teaching.

Finally, I have pieces forthcoming from: Moonchild, Drunken Boat, The Coil, Juxtaprose, Lost Balloon, Graviton, and Jellyfish Review.

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Current Things (April 04, 2018)

Hello, mes chers, this past month has seen me doing some exciting things.

These included a lot of interviews and reflective posts, so get ready because it’s Chloe O’ Clock (Chlock? No? Too much?).

I did an interview with James Figy for Fear No Lit’s Fail Better series, which you can read here! I also did an interview with Ben Niespodziany at Neon Pajamas! And I also did an interview with Rob Mclennan, which can be found here! Finally I also did a guest post with Nadia Gerassimenko talking about the themes of my book!

Other cool things, you ask? Well, I have a new flash fiction piece over at the wonderful MoonPark Review! And a post in Horror 101 on Enclosed Vs. Exposed horror at Nerds of a Feather!

Plus, I had the delight of reading for DMACC’s Literary Arts Festival with the lovely Claire Kruesel. Which was a highlight of my month.

Stay tuned for more updates as I have pieces coming out in Bull: Men’s Fiction, JuxtaProse, Lost Balloon, Moonchild, Supernatural Tales, Cease Cows, and Eye to the Telescope.

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Current Things (March 3rd, 2018)

Over the past month, some exciting things have happened. Including that my BOOK CAME OUT. I had a release party in Iowa and it went very well. If you pre-ordered, your copy should be getting to you soon! If you’d still like to get a copy, it’s available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through the publisher.

 

In February, I published a few pieces. I have been following the amazing Little Fiction for years and I was so delighted that they published my piece Balancing Beams. Over at the lovely Third Point Press, I have another space story up—Out in the Night, I Found Myself Falling.

 

Additionally, I had a piece of fiction over at wonderful Former Cactus, Everyone’s at Our Place, Even Though We’re Gone and a poem in the awesome Hypertrophic Press called It’s the Horror of My Friends That We Say Mean Things About Blondes.

 

On the topic of space, over at Nerds of a Feather I did an interview with the amazing Brian Ramos about space and its representation in sci-fi media and pop culture.  He’s a great interviewee with interesting thoughts and I hope you check it out! I also reviewed The Ritual at NOAF.

 

Charity Month at Cotton Xenomorph went so well, thanks to the wonderful writing community, and we raised almost $350 for various organizations and causes!

 

Finally, I have some pieces coming out in the upcoming months in: Cease Cows, Moonchild, MoonPark, Lost Balloon, Midnight Oil, Glass, Supernatural Tales, and more.

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Current Things (February 2nd, 2018)

So I’ve published a few things over the past month, have some exciting things coming out soon, and also am starting to get reviews of my book!

First off, though, February is charity month at Cotton Xenomorph, so I’ll tell you all about that here. For the entire month, if you donate ten dollars or more to the charity of your choice (and e-mail us a receipt) we’ll be offering editorial critiques. Hannah, Teo, and I all take editing very seriously and we’ll take care of your work! Please read more about it here!

I had two poems over at Rabid Oak, which you can read here! I also have a flash fiction story at Third Point Press which can be found here!

I have pieces coming out soon from Little Fiction, Hypertrophic Press, Former Cactus, and more.

In non-fiction-y news, I had two new Horror 101 posts at Nerds of a Feather. They can be found here and here!

I also was so delighted and honored to read this review of my book, by Yael van der Wouden at The Wilds!

 

 

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Current Things (January 5th, 2018)

Due to holidays and course planning, my Current List is coming out a few days later than the past few months. I have failed my site.

But anyway, here are some cool things I had happen over the past month.

The wonderful Brandon Stanwyck reviewed my book for Cleaver Magazine (did this review get me teary eyed? I’ll never tell!). You can read the review here!

My story, “Like the Desert Dark,” which was published by Gamut Magazine was nominated by them for a Pushcart.

The journal I started with my loves Hannah Cohen and Teo Mungaray was interviewed by Luna Luna Magazine (and we’re open to submissions, by the by). You can read the interview here!

My poem “In Gratitude” is in the latest issue of Half Mystic Press, which can be purchased here!

My short story, “Waves Like Constellations,” is over in the debut issue of awesome new journal Longleaf Review. Read it here!

I have a poem, “There is No Matter in It,” in the amazing Oxidant|Engine. Read it here!

And another poem, “That Makes Sense and is the Best Way to Observe the Virtues of His Image,” in Calamus. It can be read here!

The amazing Yes Poetry put together a free chapbook of all their poets of the month from 2017. I have a piece in it (and who doesn’t love free chapbooks??). Check it out here!

And, finally, I was so delighted over summer to work on this collaborative piece with Livien Yin for 7X7. You can find it here!

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Current Things (December 1st, 2017)

Here is a round up of things that went on during the past few weeks. There is also only a week left to pre-order my book! You can find it here!

I did a guest blog about the book for the wonderful Catherine Lundoff, which you can read here.

I’m December Poet of the Month at Yes, Poetry and it’s such an unbelievable honor! You can read my piece here.

I had a poem over at (b)OINKZINE.

I have a short story at Ellipsis Zine, titled “Everyone’s at Our Place, Even Though We’re Gone” which was a favorite title of mine.

I have a piece that has a golem in it, over at Bad Pony Magazine.

I also have a piece at Wyvern Lit, which was the winner of their Flash Fiction Contest(!).

My story from last month, “Other Names,” was a Longform Fiction Pick, is on the Nebula Reading List for 2017, and was reviewed by the amazing AC Wise here.

AND, I am so delighted to announce that I have started a literary journal with two amazing writers, Teo Mungaray and Hannah Cohen. Our little baby Cotton Xenomorph is now open for submissions!  

Find Cotton Xenomorph on Twitter and Instagram (@cottonxenomorph), plus on Facebook!

 

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Current Things (November 1st, 2017)

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Over the past couple of months, a lot has been going on. I released the book trailer for my upcoming chapbook! As a teacher of multimodal composition and communication, I thought it only fair if I did a trailer for the book. I also just love trailers so much (me: the person who watches movies for the trailers).

My chapbook is also now available for pre-order! The poems in it are all centered around themes of loss, violence and women’s bodies, and how we cope with loss.

I also started a new series over at my beloved Nerds of a Feather! It will be an ongoing examination of the horror genre, titled Horror 101.

At Ploughshares, I wrote about writing horror effectively, a short story by favorite writer Percival Everett, and about using tropes in fiction.

I just had one of my favorite short stories I’ve written published in the lovely Cosmonauts Avenue. The story, titled “Other Names,” was originally written as part of an abandoned novel and reformed into a story. These are characters I love (it’s also one of my few stories that I have “dream-cast” in my head). It also deals with a health issue I know first hand.

There were also some other publications: a story I originally published at Flash Fiction Online is now available as an Audible podcast! Plus I had poems at Boston Accent Lit and at Occulum!

Stay tuned for some upcoming pieces at Ellipsis Zine, Public Pool Poetry, (b)oinkzine, Third Point Press, Half Mystic Press, and Bad Pony Magazine!