Publication Alert: Photo Essay in McSweeney’s Issue #51!

Well, here’s some good news: I have a full-tilt photo narrative/text-image essay in McSweeney‘s quarterly (Issue #51)—and McSweeney’s did such a nice job printing it on black background on heavy gloss stock that even the dog can quickly open the volume to precisely the right page  and delight in his own image captured in what he […]

Todos Santos Writers’ Workshop: Registration Has Begun!

I’ll be teaching at the amazing Todos Santos Writers’ Workshop—and it’s not too late to sign up! Workshops in fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Jan. 27–Feb. 4, 2018. Inspiring, invigorating, and—dare I say it?—magical, this has got to be the best spot on earth for a great week of writing. And it’s the only […]

Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes

Iowa Short Fiction Award Winner Amazon • Barnes & Noble • University of Iowa Press “Rueful, bittersweet, funny, written with tenderness and bite, Merrill Feitell’s stories, like so many classic short stories, are made from the plain and painful stuff of this world, and haunted by the possibility, and the impossibility, of a better one.”— Michael […]

Featured Story at American Short Fiction

My story “The Cupcake Factory” is December’s featured story American Short Fiction. You can check out the story in print and audio—and read an accompanying author interview conducted by ASF’s Erin McReynolds. The Cupcake Factory  

Map Inset: Kansas • A Video Essay

The first of my video essays just went up at along with an essay on craft and process, explaining how the project evolved into this form. Both the video and the essay can be found here: Map Inset: Kansas — A Video Essay about a woman, a dog, the open road, and the things we carry to […]

Song of the Week at Coldfront Magazine

The crew of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety got invited to hijack the Song-of-the-Week at Coldfront Magazine. (Being invited might take the hijinks out of the hijack, but still—so exciting!) As F’lift Fiction Editor, I got the chance to play DJ for a week during this tail-end of 2015—so I wrote about Woody Guthrie and song of 1945. […]

Because You Asked…

I’m super proud to be part of this awesome new book of essays! An astounding roster of writers offers killer insights and resonant anecdotes on the writing process and life. Thank you, Katrina Roberts, for including me! Amazon Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art and Craft of the Writing Life , Edited by […]

Interdisciplinary arts extravaganza

Come celebrate the opening of 347 S. Clarence this weekend, November 6, 7 & 8. The space blows my mind; the art takes my breath away; and Saturday night’s readers are so astonishing and innovative, they’re sharing the bill with bands. (And did I mention they’re actually letting me hang art on the walls?) Readings […]

The Next Big Thing

Last week my friend Matt Hart tagged me for the Next Big Thing self-interview series, in which writers answer the same nine questions about their forthcoming books or works-in-progress. It’s great to have this chance to talk about my work-in-progress and to get to peek into the brains and pending projects of so many great […]

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