Dos Madres Press has published a collection of art and writing to celebrate the mystery, beauty, and power of the Ohio River. I am pleased to say my short story "Cloud, Fire, Flood" made it into the mix. "Cloud" explores the transience of life and memory through Helen, an elderly woman struggling with the recent losses of her husband and best friend. In the story it soon becomes clear that only the river behind her home remains unchanged, because it is always changing.
I hope you will consider enjoying the anthology and the many talented perspectives who contributed to it. You can pick up a copy in the Dos Madres Press shop by clicking here.
My story "Rivertown" has been chosen by Appalachian author Michael Croley as the winner of the 2019 Still: The Journal fiction contest.
"Rivertown" draws from a place close to my heart, following a truck driver who becomes president of his Teamsters local during a strike. Hardworking but barely literate, the driver turns to his teenage son for help with the treacherous dealings ahead. "Rivertown" can be read easily in a sitting, and I hope you will enjoy it. You can click here to find the story.
And many thanks to everyone who has written with humbling words about it. Enjoy the beauty of fall and find something good to read!
I'm pleased to say that my story "The Vigil" has won the 2018 Write Prize for Fiction from the literary journal Able Muse and will appear in their Winter 2018 edition. The contest was judged by New York Times-bestselling author Bret Lott. It is terrifically encouraging to have a story recognized in this way, especially after seeing it not find a place in a few other publications. Editors, readers, and judges all have divergent preferences, and sometimes the difference between a story's acceptance or failure is only your willingness to keep submitting it.
"The Vigil" is just under 1,000 words, a work of flash fiction, and concerns a woman who hears a dark confession from a dying man in a hospice care facility. You can read the judge's comments and/or subscribe to the journal here.
Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the journal of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative, has reprinted my story "The Bloodhound," which is about a chaplain at a college in the mountains trying to fend off, and then find, a surly beggar he inherited from his predecessor. "The Bloodhound" appeared first in Jabberwock Review, where it was a finalist for the Hargrove Editors' Prize in Fiction. A short excerpt is in the photo at left.
This year's theme was "Appalachia Acting Up" - stories of rebellion, resistance, and plain fed-up-edness among which "Bloodhound" is fortunate to have found a second home.
To order an edition of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, you can click here. #21 is filled with authors I admire deeply, and I'm honored to have my work sharing the pages with them. I hope you will get a chance to enjoy their writing as much as I have.