“Few of the stories one has it in oneself to speak get spoken, because the heart rarely confesses to intelligence its deeper needs; and few of the stories one has at the top of one’s head to tell get told, because the mind does not always possess the voice for them. Even when the voice is there, and the tongue is limber as with liquor or with love, where is that sensitive, admiring, other pair of ears?”

—William H. Gass


• March 6: My flash fiction chapbook, In the Debris Field, has made the longlist of the Bath (England) Flash Fiction Award International Novella in Flash Award.

• February 17: I taught a fiction writing session for the Veteran's Writers Workshop at ECU.

• February 13: JMWW Journal published my flash story "Sandwich"; click on the title to read.

• Also on February 13: The fine folks at Hobart published a quirky story of mine, "Alptraum," for their quirky journal; you can read it here. Hobart is always on the list of top ten American venues for flash fiction, so I'm tickled that they took this piece.

• February 3rd: I joined poets John Hoppenthaler and Phillip Shabazz to judge the "Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate" award—a public competition between the three finalists in Washington, NC.

• December: My personal remembrance of the late William H. Gass, who was one of my teachers and served on my MFA thesis committee, has been included on Stephen Schenkenberg's excellent website "Reading William Gass" ( You can read it here.

• December: Ad Hoc Press' collection of new flash, Flash Fiction Festival One, includes my story "Plastic." The anthology celebrates this year's Flash Festival in Bath, England.

• Oct 28-29, South Carolina Writers Association "Big Dream" conference at Pawley's Island: I taught two sessions: "Flash 101: Misconceptions, History, Strategies, and Prompts," and "Finding Your Lyric Voice."

• June 24th: To celebrate the U.K.'s National Flash Fiction Day, the online journal Flash Flood published one flash story every ten minutes. My lyric flash "Get On Over Here" went live at 1:20 AM GMT.

• My essay about editing Tar River Poetry, published in fall of 2016 by Shining Rock Poetry Anthology, continues to amuse at least some readers with its faux-naive conflation of poetry and pornography. You can read it here: Perusing The Inbox.

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