Well, I'm now the co-host to a podcast. It's called Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction.
Each episode, Kurt and I discuss, analyze, and review works of crime fiction.
We focus on the hardboiled, noir, and detective fiction sub-genres and feature a classic or lesser-known novel each episode.
Join us as we stroll down the dark, rain soaked alleys and into the dangerous corners of literature.
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In an unexpected confluence, I recently received copies in the mail from
Meridian: The Semiannual from the University of Virginia literary magazine out of UVa - Charlottesville. The issue in which I'm included is dedicated to the idea of "No Borders," and my story explores the racist vigilante fringe of southern Arizona. Copies are available for purchase at readmeridian.org and the stories can be read online there, too.
I am the founder and co-editor of Manzano Mountain Review (MMR). We seek submissions for our first issue from all writers.
We accept flash fiction, poetry, short stories and literary nonfiction.
For poetry: Submit up to 3 pieces at a time, but no more than 10 pages.
For flash fiction: Submit up to 3 pieces at a time (totaling no more than 1,000 words)
For longer prose: 3,000 words is our max.
For Visual art/photography: Submit work in jpg form (no more than one sub every three months).
All work must be unpublished.
Tell your friends! Tell your enemies!
I'm pleased to announce that Meridian will be publishing my short story, "See of Tiny Leaves" in their "Borders" themed Issue 39. This story is a heavily reworked version of a story that appeared in my MFA thesis. Very excited about this.
I have rekindled an old blog -- "Mountain Standard" -- over at blogspot.
It is an "Albuquerque Word Repository (Feat. Still Life, Bird-Life, Death, Dog-Bears, Voices, Landforms, Wolves, Mirages, Winds That May Exist, Winds That Don't Exist, Red Spires, Yellow Dirt, Black Flags, Truck Stops, Tacos, Dust)".
I plan to upload writing excerpts and musings on a semi-regular basis. It is a dusty plan with obscure motive, which is more than could be said of my other blog attempts.
The site can be found here: CCCCCLLLIIIIICCCCKKKK
My goal was to publish a book or to become an assistant professor of English by the time I was 40. The former is a work in progress. As for the latter, I've just been offered a position at UNM-Valencia as assistant professor of English. After a couple decades of slogging through universities and low-paying odd jobs, this is an incredible relief.
This year has been crazy. Like busy. Teaching three classes at UNM-Valencia, eating quinoa, bribing roadrunners, enduring 75 degree winter weather.
If you are interested in loud scary music with desert ambiance, then check this out. Goes well with Halloween.
This week, I was pleased to learn that I won the 2015 Fiction Prize sponsored by Washington Square Review, a fine journal based in NYU's graduate creative writing program. Thanks to WSR! Also: thanks to Jacinda Townsend, author of Saint Monkey, for selecting my story out of a pool of five finalists. I am relieved, a bit confused, and very excited to have won a thing.
Do I post blog entries? Rarely. But I'll try to put something up every once in a while. My true blog can be found at Mountain Standard.