The Sarahs

The Sarahs: The Sarah Lawrence International Audio Fiction Award.

Along with Daniel Alarcón, Malin Axelsson, Ellen Horne, Rikke Houd, Al Letson, and Tony Phillips, I’ll be judging the Sarahs this year. The prizes celebrate the best in international audio fiction. Rules and instructions for entering are here. 

Ann Heppermann is founder of the awards; Martin Johnson is co-founder.

Endings that Hover

I’ve found myself talking about endings with my students these past few weeks. Here’s something I wrote about endings in fiction.


The exquisite journal No Tokens now has an online version. Here’s a story I wrote with Shelly Oria that was published by No Tokens last spring.



Volume Reading Series: Sean H. Doyle, Nick Flynn, me

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I’ll be reading with these splendid gentlemen at the Spotty Dog in Hudson on Saturday, July 9th. 7:00 PM. And Susie DeFord will be DJing.

Hosted by Dani Grammerstorf French and Hallie Goodman.


Silent Beaches, Untold Stories ~ September, 2016

This is a book I’m incredibly excited about: conceived of and edited by one of my favorite artists and people, Elizabeth Albert, with literary input from the great Underwater New York. I’m so fortunate to have my story “Posthumous Letter from Conrad Poppenhusen to William Steinway”  included in it, along with art and writing by people like Joel Meyerowitz, Mary Mattingly, Carrie Mae Weems, Spencer Finch, Susan Choi, Ravi Howard, and Antoine Wilson.



Selected Shorts Podcast: Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach

This episode of Selected Shorts, Out of the Kitchen With Lucky Peach, features work from that splendid food magazine. Marc Maron, Peter Meehan, and Rosie Schaap are some of the writers with whom I’m honored to be included here. Stories are read by the likes of David Cross, Gaby Hoffman, and–for my piece, Supreme Cloud Ear–the incredible Sarah Steele.



McSweeney’s and Audible a la carte edition of History Lesson

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Get the audiobook of my story here. Read by Joel Richards.

The Accidental Reading Series

I live in Saugerties and have a preschool child. So I often miss my friends’ book launch celebrations and readings in NYC (and elsewhere). I decided to invite them upstate to read at my favorite local bookstore, The Golden Notebook in Woodstock. The proprietors, Jacqueline Kellachan and James Conrad, have been wonderfully welcoming and flexible as I somewhat whimsically schedule these weekend afternoon events.

The series kicked off on Sunday, March 6 with Ryan Britt and Joe Garden.

Here are the upcoming readings that I’m hosting:

Saturday, 4/23: Stephen O’Connor and Helen Benedict
Saturday, 4/30: Samuel Ligon, Robert Lopez, and Maddy Owen-Dunow
Sunday, 5/22: Elizabeth Crane
Saturday, 6/4 Natalie Eilbert and Dolan Morgan


Nina Shengold’s Word Café archive

This is Nina Shengold’s archive of the season’s past events. The topic of my Word Café evening was Points of View. Here we are, having a lot of fun. You too can go to Word Café  and have a lot of fun. (Photo: Jana Martin)nelly-reifler-nina-shengold

Rebecca Wolff + Popahna Brandes + me – 9/20 – Brooklyn

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