So much to read, so little time! Please let me make it easier for you:
1) KGB Bar in NYC 6/23/12: Oh what a night! It was a wonderful event, with the main headliners Christopher Allen and Matt Potter, and an open mike format that let roughly 15 writers the chance to dazzle the KGB Bar (rather an easy feat, to be honest...it's a dark and dingy space). The readers came from all over the globe, Germany, Australia and England, and the audience was very appreciative. And though some hosts would love to take full credit for any event, this one was really all about the excellent writers and readers. Bravo, to all of you brave folks! Here is one video, courtesy of Bill Yerger. And there are several more at YouTube:
Fictionaut Reading, KGB Bar: Bogle, Vaughan, Vitoria, Yarrow – YouTube
And because you’ve asked, here is the link to the piece I read at KGB Bar, “Ten Notes to the Guy Studying Jujitsu” (scroll all the way down to the last piece): Dualities | Orion headless. Thanks editor, Sara Comito!!!
2) Christopher Allen’s “When Chase Prays Chocolate” at Smokelong Quarterly http://www.smokelong.com/flash/christopherallen36q.asp
Also, Joani Reese won the Patricia McFarland Memorial Prize at FFC with “The Cost” http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/jp-reese/the-cost
3) Roxane Gay waxes on the Sandusky verdict at The Salon: http://www.salon.com/2012/06/25/jerry_sanduskys_guilty_and_so_are_we/
4) The Lit Pub announces the 1st Annual Prose Contest:
5) JMWW’s Summer 2012 issue is filled with goodies: http://jmww.150m.com/
Thanks Jen Michalski and other editors for another great issue!
6) Check out the new issue of THRUSH, with the likes of Extie Ex, and Alex Pruteanu, and all kinds of other great work! http://thrushpoetryjournal.com/
7) Fantastic reading in the guest edited Scissors and Spackle, kudos to Joani Reese and her assembled writers: http://www.scissorsandspackle.com/
8) Have you checked out Supermodel Summer over at Nothing to Say, xTx’s blog yet: http://www.notimetosayit.com/2012/06/supermodel-summer_28.html
9) DJ Berndt brings it with his brilliance in Untoward Magazine: http://www.untowardmag.com/2012/03/when-to-be-afraid/
10) Andrew Stancek has a great story up at r.kv.r.y:
Well, that’s all for now. Another installment of HUMP Day, brought to you by Nabisco.]]>
The lame attempt at humor is at the expense of poor Englebert Humperdinck, who more than likely received ten lifetimes of chastising with that name. Sorry, Bert! Nonetheless, Happy Gay Pride, everyone! Getcher gay groove on!
Here are some sites worth mentioning around the net and elsewhere lately:
1) My piece, "Two Smiles" is up at A-Minor paired with images by the artist Sina Evans. Thanks editor, Nicolette Wong. Two Smiles « A-Minor Also, great news: Eryk Wezniak is now Art Editor at A-Minor! Kudos, Eryk! What a great addition.
2) xTx has posted the first supermodel summer read with TIM JONES-YELVINGTON WAS A SUPERMODEL!!! Too fab for words! NOTHING TO SAY: SUPERMODEL SUMMER!
2a) Also, take in poet Alex Dimitrov’s “Kill Your Boyfriends,” up at Floating Wolf Quarterly: Floating Wolf Quarterly #9 — Alex Dimitrov
3) Best pal, Meg Tuite goes deeper than the ocean floor in this stunning portrait of Her Mother’s Daughter: Her Mother’s Daughter | Psychology Today
4) James Claffey stings with these 3 whimsical Tales from Normal Street up at A Bad Penny Review: Tales from Normal Street – A Bad Penny Review | A Bad Penny Review And while you are at it, wish him a happy birthday!
5) Roxane Gay, at Pen & Ink: Pen & Ink
6) Sam Rasnake, my buddy, who champions other artist’s work more than possibly anyone I know, is up at POETSartists: Sam Rasnake « POETSArtists
7) Tim Suermondt’s “Taking the First Shot After a Three-Month Absence” is up at The Literary Bohemian: Taking the First Shot After a Three-Year Absence | Poetry | The Literary Bohemian
8) The genius gifts of Dorianne Laux, up at combustus: “All Poetry is Preparation for Death.” ~Dorianne Laux | combustus
9) A fantastic review of Sententia magazine, issue 4, the all women’s issue: Literary Magazine Reviews :: NewPages.com :: June 2012
10) My pal, Michael Seidel’s “The Old-Fashioneds,” is up at Metazen! The Old Fashioneds by Michael Seidel | Metazen Way to go, Michael!
And that, my friends, is a wrap! See you in the Big Apple this weekend!]]>
There is so much going on in the literary world that I thought I'd do my 10 notables list today:
1) Julie Innis's book, Three Squares a Day with Occasional Torture is available from Foxhead Books. Also the talented Christopher Allen writes a stunning review at his fantastic blog, I must be off! Three Squares a Day with Occasional Torture by Julie Innis, a book review by Christopher Allen. And if that isn’t enough, head on over to THE HAPPY KILLJOY – More Thoughts on “Three Squares”.
2) Then, while you are visiting Foxhead Books, check out Sheldon Compton’s The Same Terrible Storm. Sheldon recently had a book launch with publisher Stephen Marlowe, and blogs about it here: The Book Launch and Baked Beans
3) Gill Hoffs new book Wild is out! This collection is sure to be amazing! And read what Marcus Speh says in his review: Wild by Gill Hoffs (Paperback)
4) While there, check out Vestal Aversion by Matt Potter (Paperback)!!! 31 stories in all, bound to make you double over with laughter! Matt is currently on a world tour and I can’t wait to meet him at the KGB event next Saturday, June 23.
5) It’s Gay Pride Month (JUNE) and so, here is a writer friend’s blog: Chicks & Dicks: Gay Pride, Fathers Day and a Gay Father and Son… by Rick R. Reed
6) Connotation Press puts out an amazing mid-June 2012 issue. Congratulations to the fine editors, writers, and Ken Robidoux, the man with extra-ordinary vision.
ConnotationPress.com | A Note From Meg Tuite, Fiction Editor
7) MaryAnne Kolton interviews Kathryn Harrison at Los Angeles Review of Books! And what a profound, and insightful job she does! Los Angeles Review of Books – I Want To Destroy Your Equilibrium
8) New Corey Zeller at a l i c e b l u e!
Also, Poet Nicolette Wong’s magic words at Escape into Life Nicolette Wong | Escape Into Life
9) Recently while I attended the Truth & Beauty Poetry Conference, dear friend Rachel turned me on to poet Li Young-Lee and sent me this stunning archived reading:
Lannan Podcasts » Li-Young Lee, Reading, 29 March 2000 – Video
10) My sweet friend and publisher, Gloria Mindock, at Cervena Barva Press, published her latest Cervena Barva Press Newsletter. And if you don’t already have Gloria’s amazing latest book, Nothing Divine Here, then you must get it! Cervena Barva Press Poetry Homepage Gloria Mindock Editor
And that, my friends, is a wrap! Don’t forget you can get Flash Fiction Fridays at Amazon! Amazon.com: Flash Fiction Fridays (9781105460937): Robert Vaughan: Books
See you in New York City next weekend. Be there, or be… well, you know!!!]]>
I've been pretty busy of late! How about you? I just returned last Sunday from The "Truth & Beauty" poetry workshop in Millwood, Virginia. It was five days of inspiration, talent, bliss, depth, transformation. Our leaders were fearless, calm and insightful: Marie Howe, Ellen Bass and Dorianne Laux are incredible writers each, and also wonderful people, humane and supportive. Needless to say, it was a great infusion of ideas, techniques, craft discussions, and writerly support. I love poets, and poetry, and when there are forty of us gathered in one room, or place, the world feels better to me. Thanks also, to the Apple Hill gang and the Mystery small group! You know who you are.
My work is included in the Spring 2012 Wisconsin People & Ideas. An article about Flash Fiction, and four of my short fiction stories: Flash Fiction 101 | wisconsinacademy.org
Also, my interview with Julie Innis about her new book, Three Squares a Day with Occasional Torture (that title alone ought to give you an inkling!), up at Heavy Feather Review. Thanks Jason Teal, for the ask and host/site, Heavy Feather Review: Just in Case There Are Any Odd Little Paste-eating Girls Reading This, I’d Like to Give Them Some Small Ray of Hope: An Interview with Julie Innis | Heavy Feather Review
Gay Degani has created another Short Fiction Short Story Links in honor of Short Story Month at Flash Fiction Chronicles. My story is listed at #50 of this great summer reading list. It’s “Ten Notes to the Guy Studying Jujitsu” and appeared at Orion headless, edited by Sara Comito: 134+ Short Story Links in Honor of Short Story Month 2012 « Flash Fiction Chronicles
My poem, a nod to Simon Perchik, “They were reaching for their mother’s breath” was published in May’s Short, Fast and Deadly. Thanks editor, Joseph Quintela! Short, Fast, and Deadly
And, in case you missed it, May Flash Fiction Friday show, theme of “SURPRISE,” in which I read Scott McClanahan’s “The First Time I Made Diamonds.” Thanks, co-host, Stephanie Lecci.Lake Effect: Surprise! It’s Flash Fiction Friday!
Also, the Flash Fiction Fridays book is available at Amazon and selling well. Get your copy now, and thanks everyone who has supported the show and book: Amazon.com: Flash Fiction Fridays (9781105460937): Robert Vaughan: Books
And that’s it for now! Happy Spring everyone…take a walk today. Get outdoors!]]>