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A music playlist to go with my story collection includes Chopin and Social Distortion...
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So my story collection, YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER, is coming out in May (!!), and there are a bunch of cool events in the works. I want to keep you informed without annoying you! To that end, I now have a nifty button on the contact page of my website where you can subscribe to my mailing list--which I will use SPARINGLY, to let you know about events and book giveaways. I will not sell my list to third parties or even fourth or fifth or sixth parties, and I will never, ever try to sell you my black velvet Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix paintings. Because, I mean, are you kidding? I'll never part with those...
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My new website is up, courtesy of the amazing creative designer, Ilsa Brink! 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 appears in my upcoming linked collection, YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER.
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I talk with a lawyer about his past work representing Gitmo detainees and learn how circular logic works.
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Funniest book trailer around...
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I'm as guilty as the next person of advising creative professionals to look at ALL kinds of revenue opportunities, including merchandising. (I even poked fun of this idea in my book THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING.)

So it is with much glee that I discovered this book trailer from author Carolyn Parkhurst, which takes the merchandising idea to its extreme. Favorite: a charm bracelet representing her oeuvre (at 1:19).
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The galleys are out for YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER! Very cool to hold this in my hands--
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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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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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My debut linked story collection, YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER, is forthcoming from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in Spring 2016. My fiction has appeared in many journals including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Ploughshares, and Virginia Quarterly Review. My essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Rumpus, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. I'm a Fellow of The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, VCCA, and the Studios of Key West, and a Sewanee Scholar in fiction. I was recently elected to a 3-year term on The MacDowell Colony Fellows Executive Committee. I live in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where I'm working on a novel.

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