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I can't eat bread anymore, but it didn't stop me from going to the opening reception for Bread Furst the other night-- the new venture by DC bread maven Mark Furstenberg. It's a beautiful space, and a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Check it out.
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"When his girlfriend rang the doorbell, he told me to hide in the bathroom." My short story "Dubrovnik 1989" is up at Five Chapters. This story is part of a novel-in-stories.
By Paula Whyman. When his girlfriend rang the doorbell, he told me to hide in the bathroom. Mildew on the cinderblock walls; wet towel on the floor; beard stubble, like metal shavings, in the sink. He wore a goatee. I thought it was funny that he went to the trouble to maintain a goatee but ...
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My short story, The Rose Garden, gets a second life at Redux Literary Journal.

Sample: "At fifteen years, he gave her the pavé bracelet; at eighteen, the trip to Lake Como; and at twenty, the divorce. At first, there was only the single long, fine auburn hair wrapped, knotted really, around the button of one of his white shirts, the bottom button, the spare one that’s hidden underneath the front flap..."
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I'll be teaching this new occasional series of classes on that classic genre, the literature of the suburbs, at Politics & Prose Bookstore in DC this winter. Check it out!

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"My new boss, Chick, was a morbidly obese manic off his meds who hailed from a tiny town I’d never heard of—​Wassily, Louisiana—​a town so small, Chick claimed, the shotgun shacks only had space for pistols."
 You can read my short story "Transfigured Night" from the Winter 2014 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review online (unless you've exceeded the limit that activates their paywall). This story is part of my novel-in-stories. 
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The true tale of my humiliation on the New York shuttle. Originally posted on novelist +Susan Coll's blog, now on my own blog, where it will haunt me forever.
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I'm a writer living in the Washington, DC, area. My stories are forthcoming in Ploughshares and McSweeney's Quarterly, and have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Hudson Review, Gettysburg Review, Gargoyle, Southampton Review, and the anthologies Writes of Passage: Coming-of-Age Stories and Memoirs From The Hudson Review and Virgin Fiction.  I've taught as a visiting writer with the Pen/Faulkner Foundation Writers in Schools program in DC, and The Hudson Review's similar program in NY. My work has been supported by fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, The Studios of Key West, and the VCCA.  My humor and commentary have appeared in the Washington Post, on NPR, and in The Rumpus. I'm working on a novel.
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