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When it was clear that we didn’t want five-point essays, the students instantly composed poems about female genital mutilation, politics, love, and—over and over again—the importance of education.
You Must Be This Tall to Ride is a new anthology of coming-of-age stories edited by B. J. Hollars with twenty stories by Antonya Nelson, Chad Simpson, Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Stuart Dybek, Michael Martone, and others. Each writer also contributed an essay and a writing exercise. The book’s website doubles as magazine that will continue to publish new stories every few weeks, beginning with Matt Bell‘s “A Certain Number of Bedrooms, A Certain Number of Baths.”
On August 15, Dzanc Books is launching a new online journal called The Collagist. The magazine will be edited by Matt Bell and Matthew Olzmann and is reading submissions now. American Short Fiction interviewed Dzanc executive director Dan Wickett about it.
J.A. Tyler‘s Mudluscious Press is giving away free copies of Charles Lennox‘s “fantastically explosive text” A Field of Colors for the month of June. Mud Luscious also has Molly Gaudry‘s first novella We Take Me Apart available for preorder.
“Since How the Broken Lead the Blind is sold out and won’t be reprinted, I’ve now posted the entire book online so that anyone who couldn’t get a copy can still read it exactly as it was in print.” You can download Matt Bell‘s How the Broken Lead the Blind as pdf file or read it online at issuu. The title story is on Fictionaut.
Calls for submissions: new journal Kill Author and Epiphany are both inviting you to submit. Epiphany is also looking for an assistant fiction editor. Rusty Barnes’ Fried Chicken and Coffee offers a helpful list of writers he admires.
What Would Keith Richards Do? by Jessica West is released this week, featuring “daily affirmations from a Rock and Roll Survivor.”
Ben Greenman‘s Please Step Back, the story of a funk-rock star in the sixties and seventies, comes out next week. Adrienne Day profiles Ben for Time Out New York, and Largehearted Boy presents an original Swamp Dogg song inspired by the book. Ben will be reading at Book Soup in Los Angeles on April 29.
Frigg‘s microfiction issue is packed with Fictionauts, with work by Randall Brown, Kim Chinquee, Lydia Copeland, Kathy Fish, Scott Garson, Barry Graham, Tiff Holland, Mary Miller, Jennifer Pieroni, Meg Pokrass, and Joseph Young.
The Collectors, the new chapbook by Matt Bell, is now available for preorder from Caketrain. Deb Olin Unferth says: “Matt Bell’s lifesick pair, Langley and Homer, shell-shocked under a pile of newspapers, are disquieting, hilarious, and—in that strange way that makes Beckett’s and Kafka’s characters so urgent—entirely recognizable. Bell has written a beauty.” An excerpt called “How They Were Found and Who They Were That Found Them” is up on Fictionaut.
Novellas! At John Madera‘s blog, scores of writers list their favorites, including Nick Antosca, Ken Baumann, Blake Butler, Brandon Scott Gorrell, Jim Hanas, Shane Jones, Sean Lovelace, Josh Maday, Cooper Renner, Matthew Simmons, Matt Bell, Timothy Gager, Molly Gaudry, Michael Kimball, Michael Martone, and David Shields.
Victoria Lancelotta‘s story “The Anniversary Trip,” which originally appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of the Gettysburg Review, will be included in Best American Short Stories 2009, edited by Alice Sebold.
Steve Silberman in the Shambhala Sun: “Keith and I weren’t planning on starting a gay marriage revolution, outraging the religious right, or even committing a noble act of civil disobedience. We just loved each other a lot.”
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