They Could Live With Themselves, my linked short story collection set in the fictional town of Stark Run, Vermont is a runner up for the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and will be published by Press 53, in March 2016 less than six months from now. A heartfelt thanks goes out to editor and publisher, Kevin Morgan Watson, as well as, all of the editors who encouraged my work to date. Hope to see all at the AWP Conference in LA in late March at the launch party followed by a spring into summer book tour in a hometown near you.
Last month, I attended the Short Story America conference in Beaufort, South Carolina and taught a workshop called: “Beyond Setting the Scene, The Role of Place in the Short Story.” Relying on some of the classic greats, Hemingway, Welty, McCullers, Carver, as well as, contemporary writers, Pinckney Benedict, Alistair MacLeod, Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Strout, Monica Wood, and Anthony Doerr, I used sample work to point out how place can establish tone, serve as character, and become crucial to the success of a story that might otherwise fail. There was a good turn-out and excellent engagement and I was reminded how much I love to talk and teach about writing. I also served on a panel and gave a late night reading of my story “Deep End” to a weary group of generous listeners.
Short Story American Volume IV Anthology is now available for purchase at Short Story America and features “Deep End” as the opening piece. “Deep End” won the Short Story American Prize for Short Fiction in 2013 and is the second story in my forthcoming collection.