Well, 2016 was a pretty crummy year, overall, but I did write a bunch of stuff that people were kind enough to publish, so I am grateful.
Here’s a quick rundown of the past year.
Stories: 4 stories were published this year, all in bucket list journals. I had a piece in Storychord, Corium, and two in Hobart.
Book Reviews: Lots and lots of anonymous reviews once again at Publishers Weekly (I’ll never tell!), as well as stuff in The Georgia Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Kenyon Review, Cleaver Magazine, The Northwest Review of Books, Electric Literature, and, of course, Numéro Cinq.
Essays: Two essays this year: one at 5×5 and the other, a more academic piece on Paul Auster, walls, and Donald Trump, at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
Already have one story lined up for 2017 publication, so hopefully that sets the pace for a more productive year.
My second story to appear at Hobart, “Did You Hear That?,” is now up and available to read. It’s a rather humorous tale of the murderer hiding in your basement. Kinda. You’ll have to read it to see what I mean.
I have a couple of new book reviews out in the world. For Cleaver, I wrote about Donald Quist’s essay collection, Harbors, and at Electric Literature, I have a piece on Melanie Finn’s new novel, The Gloaming.
Here’s what we’re reading this semester. A bunch of new titles because, frankly, I was getting bored:
- Joyce Carol Oates, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
- Matthew Dickman, “Slow Dance”
- Ernest Hemingway, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
- Mahtem Shiferraw, “The Monster”
- Emily Dickinson, “Because I could not stop for death”
- William Blake, “The Sick Rose”
- ZZ Packer, “Brownies”
- Anton Chekhov, “Oysters”
- Wordsworth, “My Heart Leaps Up”
- Edward P. Jones, “The Night Rhonda Ferguson Was Killed”
- Elizabeth Alexander, “Tina Green”
- Mary Ruefle, “The Hand”
- Katherine Anne Porter, “Theft”
- William Faulkner, “That Evening Sun Go Down”
- Dorothy Parker, “A Certain Lady”
- Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart”
- Lydia Davis, “For Sixty Cents”
- Franz Kafka, “A Hunger Artist”
- Flannery O’Connor, “Greenleaf”
- Haruki Murakami, “The Second Bakery Attack”
- Aimee Bender, “The Rememberer”
- Alice Munro, “Meneseteung”
- Carlos Fuentes, “Chac-Mool”
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”
- Marie Howe, “What the Living Do”
- Lacy M. Johnson, “White Trash Primer”
- Alexander Chee, “Girl”
- David Foster Wallace, “A Ticket to the Fair”
- Herman Melville, “Bartleby”
- James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues”
- Barbara Ras, “You Can’t Have It All”
- Julio Cortázar, “Continuity of Parks”
- Grace Paley, “A Conversation with My Father”
- Jorge Luis Borges, “Borges & I”
- Annie Proulx, “The Half-Skinned Steer”
- Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, “The Fortune-Teller”
- Maggie Smith, “Good Bones”
- Donald Hall, “White Apples”
- William Carlos Williams, “The Red Wheelbarrow”
- Jamaal May, “The Gun Joke”
- Cynthia Ozick, “A Drugstore in Winter”
- Shakespeare, “Macbeth”
- Zadie Smith, “Joy”
- Tomas Q. Morín, “Love Train”
- Michael Oppenheimer, “The Pairing Knife”
- John Cheever, “The Country Husband”
- James Joyce, “Araby”
- Yazmina Reza, “God of Carnage”
- Lorrie Moore, “You’re Ugly, Too”
- Ron Carlson, “Bigfoot Stole My Wife”
- George Saunders, “My Flamboyant Grandson”
- Wallace Stevens, “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”
- Amber Sparks, “13 Ways of Destroying a Painting”
- Kij Johnson, “26 Monkeys, also the abyss”
- Joy Castro, “Grip”
- Anton Chekhov, “Lady with the Dog”
Plus mystery stories for midterm and final.