Publications Archive

“The Cupcake Factory” was the featured story for the month of December 2016 at American Short Fiction. You can check out the story in print or audio—and read an accompanying author interview conducted by ASF’s Erin McReynolds!


This Land Is Our Land: On Woody Guthrie & Travels With Mom,” Coldfront Magazine, December 2015.

“On Writing to Music” & “Train of Thought: Coney Island Bound” in Because You Asked: An Anthology of Writers on Writing, Katrina Roberts, ed., Lost Horse Press, September 2015.

bc14    “The Quiet Contest,” Black Clock, Issue 14, Summer 2011.

920x920“Lust” in Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex, Ellen Sussman, ed., Bloomsbury, 2008.

namingtheworld“Shopping for Conflict” in Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer, Bret Anthony Johnston, ed., Random House, 2008.

“This Writer’s Life” in Marginalia: Magazine of Piper Center for Creative Writing, Fall 2007.

“On Revision” in Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction, vol. 2: Inspiration and Discipline,
Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda B. Swanson-Davies, eds., Writer’s Digest Books, 2007.

“In the Field: Writing Lessons at 826NYC,” Poets & Writers Magazine, March/April 2006.

“Various capsule reviews,”, 2006-2007.

“About Antonya Nelson: A Profile” Ploughshares, Fall 2005.

“‘Sonny’s Blues’ by James Baldwin,” Post Road, Issue #1, 2005.

“Dim Sum Day,” The New York Sun Magazine, December 2004.

“Walking Tour: Austin,” The New York Sun, 2003.

“I Dream of Jeans,” The New York Sun, 2002.

“My Brother’s Keeper: The Stories of George Saunders,” Texas Observer; Dec. 22, 2000.

Short Fiction in Anthologies and Periodicals

“The Winchester,” Copper Nickel, January 2011.

“The Cupcake Factory: Flight Test,” Sakura Review, Winter 2011.

“It Couldn’t Be More Beautiful,” Virginia Quarterly Review: Fiction’s New Luminaries Issue, Summer, 2004.

“The Marrying Kind,” Book Magazine, September/October, 2003.

Reprinted in Don’t Abuse the Muse: An Anthology to Benefit Parkinson’s Disease, Middle Finger Press, 2004.

“And Then You Stand Up,”, Fall, 2004.

“The Dead Cat,” Book Magazine, January/February, 2003.

“Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes,” Book Magazine, November/December, 2001.

Distinguished Story Mention, Best American Short Stories 2002

“Our Little Lone Star,” Glimmer Train Stories, Fall, 2001.

Short-List, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, 2002.

“Such a Big Mr. England” Hampton Shorts, Summer, 2001.

“Bike New York!” Best New American Voices 2000, Harcourt, 2000.

“And J Is For Jane,” River City, 1999.

“What’s Not in a Name” The Sonora Review, Fall/Winter 1997.



NEWS & EVENTSApril 11, 2007

Juniper Fesitval • I’ll be reading at the 7th Annual Juniper Fesitval at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Friday, April 27, 7:30pm, at Memorial Hall, with Timothy Donnelly, Paul Fattaruso, Elizabeth Hughey, Ander Monson, Anna Moschovakis, Rachel Sherman, and Tony Tost.

New England Young Writers’ Conference • I’ll be teaching at the New England Young Writers’ Conference held May 17-20 at the Bread Loaf campus in Vermont.

University of Maryland • Guess who’ll be joining the faculty at University of Maryland this fall. Me!

Poets & Writers • Find a March/April back issue of Poets & Writers and you can delight in tales of teaching at the excellent 826NYC.

Ploughshares • I got to profile Antonya Nelson for the Fall issue of Ploughshares. She edited a great issue and you’d be a kook not to check out her new book Some Fun.

Post Road • Now I don’t have to bend your ear in a bar to tell you how much I like James Baldwin’s story “Sonny’s Blues” because you can read about it right here!

Past Readings and Events 2006 Colorado Springs, COThursday, July 6Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts Gaylord Hall7:30 pmNew York , NY Wednesday, April 22Happy Ending Reading SeriesWith Doug Trevor, Nelly Riefler, and music from Rachel Loshak302 Broome Street8:00 pmAustin, TXThursday, March 9AWP Conference PanelFirst: Three Debut Authors on Partnering with Their PublishersWith G.C. Waldrep and Hannah Tinti, moderated by Mary GannonAustin Hilton10:00 amPast Readings and Events 2005New York City, NYSunday, January 23KGB BarWith John Reed85 East 4th Street7 pmSanta Cruz, CATuesday, February 1UCSC, Kresge 3266 pmSanta Cruz, CAWednesday, February 2UCSC, Kresge Provost’s House5 pmMenlo Park , CAThursday, February 3Menlo School Auditorium2 pmSleepy Hollow , NYSunday, March 13Hudson Valley Writers CenterWith Christine Schutt4:30 pmVancouver, BC — That’s Canada! Thursday, March 31Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conferece 2005With Janet Desaulniers12 pmFarmington, ME Thursday, April 28University of Maine/Farmington7:30 pmBrooklyn, NYThursday, May 12Pete’s Candy StoreWith Darcey Steinke709 Lorimer, Williamsburg7:30 pmRipton, VT Tuesday, August 23Bread Loaf Writers Conference With Thomas MallonLittle Theater4:15 pmColorado Springs , CO Thursday, September 22Colorado CollegeMcHugh Commons7:00 pmPast Readings and Events 2004New York City, NYSunday, September 19Soundz Lounge – Sunday SalonWith Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Brenda Lin, and Kristan Ryan3155 Broadway7 pmBrooklyn, NYThursday, October 7Barnes & Noble106 Court Street7 pmLockhart, TXSaturday, October 16Texas Book Festival – On The Road625 W. San Antonio6 pmAustin, TXMonday, October 18Book People603 N. Lamar7 pmBrookline, MAThursday, October 28Brookline Booksmith279 Harvard St.With David Means and Barbara Sutton7 pmLos Angeles, CAMonday, November 1Dutton’s Brentwood Books11975 San Vincente Blvd.7 pmCapitola, CAWednesday, November 3Capitola Book Café1475 41st Ave.7:30 pmWoodland, CASunday, November 7The Next Chapter Bookstore622 Main St.2 pmSanta Cruz, CAMonday, November 8UCSC, Kresge 32111 amSan Francisco, CATuesday, November 9Modern Times Bookstore888 Valencia St.With Marilyn Abildskovtime TBAWalla Walla, WAThursday, November 11TBAIowa City, IAMonday, November 15Prairie Lights 15 S Dubuque St.With Janet Desaulniers8 pmNew York, NYFriday, November 19Small Spiral Notebook BenefitVernacular Press560 Broadway (at Prince), Suite 509With Rachel Sherman, Cris Beam, Nic Kelman, and Lisa Dierbeck7 pmNewton, MATuesday, November 23,Newtonville Books & The Lizard’s Tale296 Walnut St.7:30 pmNew York, NYWednesday, December 1Barnes & Noble4 Astor PlaceWith Janet Desaulniers7 pmNew York, NYThursday, December 9Labyrinth Books536 W. 112th St.With Brenda Shaughnessy7 pmAlong with listings for other literary events and readings, this information can also be found at:


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