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Walter Biggins
Works at University of Georgia Press
Attended Millsaps College
Lives in Athens, GA
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Commonplace (once again, Wendell Berry):

“Only the present good is good. It is the presence of good—good work, good thoughts, good acts, good places—by which we know that the present does not have to be a nightmare of the future. ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’ because, if not at hand, it is…
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"Soccer Moms," a story from long ago, that's attached to strong memories:

Author’s note: This is the oldest story I’m showcasing here, originally dating from a college workshop taught by Ellen Douglas in Spring 1999. I always associate it with her, and it always makes me a little tearful to revisit it—as I’ve done many times…
Author’s note: This is the oldest story I’m showcasing here, originally dating from a college workshop taught by Ellen Douglas in Spring 1999. I always associate it with her, and it always makes me...
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"Big Black Bear," another failed short story but at least it's a dreamy one:

Author’s note: In early 2012, reeling from three D’s (divorce, depression, and debt), I tried to jumpstart my fiction by committing myself to writing three short pieces a week. It could be haiku or flash fiction or prose poem, but I had to start & finish…
Author’s note: In early 2012, reeling from three D’s (divorce, depression, and debt), I tried to jumpstart my fiction by committing myself to writing three short pieces a week. It could be haiku or...
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Digging for Yukon Gold: Celebrating 10 years of my blog:

I’m no good with anniversaries. I forget the birthdays of my friends, parents, siblings, relatives, acquaintances. I semi-dread my own. The first anniversary of my marriage went OK; the second anniversary was just after we had filed for divorce, and that…
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"First, because you don’t know anything..."

“I may be wrong about this, but it seems as though so much fiction, particularly that by younger people, is very much about themselves. Love and death and stuff, but my love, my death, my this, my that. Everybody else is a light character in that play.…
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A little review of Jenny Offill's much praised 2nd novel:

**NOTE: Once again, a post-dated Lenten special.** Liquor from two weeks ago: The Rub, made at Cochon (New Orleans, LA) Leaves from two weeks ago: Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation I enjoyed Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation a lot, at times. It’s…
***NOTE: Once again, a post-dated Lenten special.*** Liquor from two weeks ago: The Rub, made at Cochon (New Orleans, LA) Leaves from two weeks ago: Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation I enjoyed Je...
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"Gaytonia"--okay, a story I'm actually sorta proud of:

Author’s note: In August 2012, I went to Long Beach, CA, to attend the memorial service of an old friend. Ted F. was the father of a boy who, at one time, was my best friend. My friendship with the father outlived the one with his son. I admired him…
Author’s note: In August 2012, I went to Long Beach, CA, to attend the memorial service of an old friend. Ted F. was the father of a boy who, at one time, was my best friend. My friendship with the...
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"Tollywander," a close-to-successful short story by yours truly:

Author’s note: I discovered Stephen Dixon in 2002, and he’s become one of my favorite writers. For a while, I was deep in the grip of his prose style. This story is Exhibit A: Long paragraphs, domestic drama, staccato dialogue, characters and actions…
Author’s note: I discovered Stephen Dixon in 2002, and he’s become one of my favorite writers. For a while, I was deep in the grip of his prose style. This story is Exhibit A: Long paragraphs, dome...
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"Margarita Salt"--an abandoned short story by yours truly:

Author’s note: I wrote the first draft of this sometime in Spring 2002, predating the blog by three years. I shopped it around to seven or eight journals, and got encouraging feedback—declines, but still…—from two editors. I sat on it until 2005, while…
Author’s note: I wrote the first draft of this sometime in Spring 2002, predating the blog by three years. I shopped it around to seven or eight journals, and got encouraging feedback—declines, but...
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Beer & Book #16 (and a preview, I guess):

Today’s beer: Lagunitas Imperial Stout Today’s book: Whitney Balliett’s Collected Works: A Journal of Jazz, 1954-2001 I’m preparing a milestone Sunday post by looking to the Master, and drinking a dark Oregon brew in his honor. Been thinking about my…
Today’s beer: Lagunitas Imperial Stout Today’s book: Whitney Balliett’s Collected Works: A Journal of Jazz, 1954-2001 I’m preparing a milestone Sunday post by looking to the Master, and drinking a ...
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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are…
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A wee squib on a César Aira novella:

**NOTE: For Lent, I gave up the internet  beyond email and work-related research but I’ll periodically log on to post things, mostly items written prior to Ash Wednesday and post-dated. Don’t expect much from me till April.** Last week’s potable: Coffee…
***NOTE: For Lent, I gave up the internet  beyond email and work-related research but I'll periodically log on to post things, mostly items written prior to Ash Wednesday and post-dated. Don't expe...
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Occupation
book editor, writer, walker, workshops, zine-making
Skills
writing, editing, slow reading, good conversation, cooking, mixing drinks with less than 3 ingredients, loving cats
Employment
  • University of Georgia Press
    Senior acquisitions editor, 2013 - present
  • University Press of Mississippi
    Acquisitions editor, 1999 - 2013
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Currently
Athens, GA
Previously
Jackson, MS - Dallas
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My blog: http://quietbubble.wordpress.com
Education
  • Millsaps College
    English, 1995 - 1999
  • TAG Magnet High School
    1991 - 1995
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Male
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