Monday, February 29, 2016

A man ate a rabbit

"Wild Rabbit" by William Andrus, used under CC license
My feature over at Awst Press continues through this week. Today's story is "The Rabbit," which was originally published in one of my very favorite magazines, Big Pulp.

Other stories of mine on Big Pulp:

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Out there's a porchlight where no house should be

My feature with Awst Press culminates with the print release of my newest chapbook, The Wandering House. The story revolves around a boy who may or may not be missing, a girl burned badly, and a family left in the confusion of grief after an encounter with The Wandering House.

Please continue to tune into the Awst Feature through next Friday, 3/4/16. More of my work will be on display, as will some words from my mouth about my stories, and The Wandering House, in particular.
Artwork by Christa Blackwood; cover design by LK James for Awst

Awst Press is an independent publisher located in Austin, TX.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

There are landmines in the backyard

"Harvested Cornfield' by Kelly Sikkema,
used under CC license
We're at the end of the first week of Awst Press featuring my writing.  Today's feature is one of my favorite stories, "This Bomb My Heart."

"This Bomb My Heart," originally appeared in War, Literature and the Artsand is the story of a girl whose brother comes home after multiple tours of war and begins planting landmines in the field behind the house. Please enjoy the story by following this link to Awst.

Awst is an independent press located in Austin, Texas. 

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Couple Jumped Out of an Airplane

"Opposed" by Ben Seidelman,
used under CC license.
Awst Press has gathered a number of my stories and will, for the next several weeks, be displaying them on their website for all to enjoy. The feature also includes an upcoming interview and the release of my newest story, "The Wandering House."

Today, Awst is featuring my story "The Skydivers," which originally appeared in Emrys Journal.

Please stroll over to Awst to learn more about the wonderful work they're doing in Austin, TX, and to enjoy writing by a range of voices.

Add them to your Facebook page to receive updates in your feed there, as well as Twitter.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What do you bury in holes so deep?

"Mist" by Marilyn Peddle, used under CC license
You can now read "Digging," the first story of the Awst Press feature. "Digging" is the story of a brother and sister who discover their family buried in the forest. "Digging" was originally published in Lake Effect, and is in my story collection, The Floating Order.

Awst will be featuring my work for the next several weeks. Please check back in for new work as the days unwind. Feature page here.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

To Be Curated, Inside a Project with Awst Press

Awst Press
So, it's official, I have been curated.  And I couldn't be happier, really.  What does that mean?  I'm part of an innovative project run by Awst Press, an Austin-based small press, that specializes in new writers and writing.

The project: Awst chooses a guest curator who selects a handful of writers whose lives and work will be featured with Awst over the course of a few months; the project culminates in a chapbook of new work by those writers.

My curator is writer, filmmaker, teacher, and performer Owen Egerton. For the next two weeks, Awst Press will, from behind the glass of your computer screen, display my stories, words, answers to questions; my new story, "The Wandering House," will be available as a printed chapbook for purchase.

And so it has begun. Come with me to Awst Press:

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

That Day in Southword Journal

"That Day," one of the pieces from my childhood memoir, The Girl's Made of Bone, is now available to read in the new issue of Southword Journal.  It comes from a cycle of memories from early childhood.

To read other pieces from The Girl's Made of Bone, see the following:

Saturday, January 30, 2016

"I will be an arts president." ~ Senator Bernie Sanders

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Literary Valentine's Day in Spokane, 2/14/16

There's nothing better to do on Valentine's Day than to read strange, dark fairy tales . . . except to hear new fairy tales performed by the writers themselves. I'll be one of several poets and fiction writers telling stories at The Bing Crosby Theater. So, join us.

All you need to bring is your heart in a box, or a ticket.

When? 7 PM
Tickets: $17

It is a red poster with different shaped eyeballs on it with red pupils. The text reads Lilac City Fairy Tales: Marry a Monster. An evening of poetry, prose, and music.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Chapbook: The Unique Stocking Stuffer for Readers

Dimensions of this Chapbook: 4" x 6"
Typical dimensions of a stocking: More than 4" x 6"


Picture of the chapbook against a typewriter headpiece and against gray and white fabric
"How The Sun Burns Among Hills of Rock and Pebble"
by Erin Pringle-Toungate

What's the Chapbook? "How The Sun Burns Among Hills of Rock and Pebble" is a longer story that revolves around the disappearance and death of a sister, an agricultural fair in the rural Midwest, and a man who has been shot.
Beginning Excerpt:
                But aside from the black crepe ribbons that flap on the white poles of the fair entrance archway, anyone who didn't live in the town last summer or close enough to hear the nightly news or who didn't ask about the luminaries lining the dirt avenue that ran along the fair's midway last night, wouldn't know that a young woman named Helen Greene disappeared from last summer's Agricultural Fair.
                Under the fair entrance archway linger the men who served pancakes at the church last month and sell fabric poppies at the one lighted intersection on Memorial Day weekend. They wear neon yellow vests over their T-shirts and bellies. Just before dark, the traffic into the fairgrounds will become steady, and when dark falls, they'll swing their flashlights and raise their hands in greeting to the people they recognize, and they recognize most everyone.
                Tonight, the carnies will speak in tongues and the town will drop screams from the rides, buy tickets, carry whorls of cotton candy back to their trailers and leaning homes--until somewhere in the middle night, the sound of the fair will become one constant chord, like the interstate in the distance or the light rushing through glass bulbs.

Publisher: The Head and The Hand Press, Philadelphia 2015
Original Publisher: The Minnesota Review
Awards: Finalist in The Kore Fiction Contest, nominated for Pushcart Prize
Length: 43 pages
Price (including shipping): $6.25

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