I’ll be taking part in University of Cincinnati’s Emerging Fiction Writers Festival, along with Ed Park, Alissa Nutting, and Dean Bakopoulos. March 11-13.


Details HERE

Moby-Dick Marathon

November 14-16 in NYC. I’ll be reading, along with a bunch of incredible people–like Leslie Jamison, Dolan Morgan, Shelly Oria, Elissa Schappell, Lynne Tillman, Emily Gould, Justin Taylor, Joshua Ferris, Melissa Febos, Elif Batuman…. the list goes on and on. I’m on Sunday afternoon. Complete schedule and more information is HERE.


Interview with Dolan Morgan

I interviewed Dolan Morgan for The Believer’s Go Forth section.

His book, That’s When the Knives Come Down, is a wondrous thing.


Thank you, Dr. Matthew Finch.

Finch talks about the way we categorize literature, Mavis Gallant, Tom Scioli’s art, and Elect H. Mouse State Judge HERE.

Inspired by That’s When the Knives Come Down

Both T Kira Madden and I have work responding to the final story in Dolan Morgan’s collection–just out from Aforementioned Productions–up at Sundog Lit.

Here is one of her haunting images:

And here is my piece, The Sister.

All the work commissioned by Sundog for Dolan’s book can be seen HERE

Writer, with Kids at Cari Luna’s blog

Cari regularly has guest writers who are parents answer a few questions or contribute an essay to her blog. My post is HERE–and in the far-right column there are links to many others from great writers like Peter Rock, Susan Choi and Jane Smiley…

Mr. Joshua Ferris: thank you.

Ferris writes about Elect H. Mouse State Judge for his Guest Books post at the Barnes and Noble Review.

All of Ferris’ own writing takes my breath away. Have you read the first perfect story of the Twenty-First Century? It’s “The Dinner Party.” Here it is. Read or reread it immediately.

Supreme Cloud Ear

Out of the Kitchen–Selected Shorts’ Lucky Peach event–can now be heard on WNYC’s website.

My story, “Supreme Cloud Ear,” is HERE, read by the charming Sarah Steele.

The whole program, including writing by Rosie Schaap and Peter Meehan, is HERE.


The Weeklings’ Editors Pick their Favorite Essays

Sean Beaudoin–who always writes with muscle, teeth, and wit–included the Blue Spark essays in his list.
You can read all of the editors’ picks HERE.



It’s my favorite new bar–one of the many things I’m going to miss dearly when I head back east from Kalamazoo.

I’ll be reading there Thursday, April 10, 7:00
With T Kira Madden and others
Hosted by Bridget G Dooley

440 East North Street