2016 Roundup


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 StorychordCoriumand 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.

Until then…

The ever-evolving Intro to Lit reading list


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.