Addicts & Basements Goodreads Giveaway Contest

Addicts & Basements| Civil Coping Mechanisms is scheduled for release on February 1, 2014. To honor this huge event, I’m hosting a Goodreads giveaway! From today until March 1, 2014, all you have to do is register here, at my Goodreads page, and you are eligible to win a copy of Addicts & Basements! Details are also at this site: Goodreads | Book giveaway for Addicts & Basements by Robert Vaughan Jan 24-Mar 01, 2014(showing 1-8 of 8) entries: Please help spread the word? The more entries we get, the merrier…and best of luck! Win your copy of Addicts & Basements today!]]>

Michael Gillan Maxwell reviews Diptychs + Triptychs at Your Own Back Yard

A lovely review of Diptychs + Triptychs by Michael Gillan Maxwell is up at his writer’s blog at Your Own Back Yard: Book Review: Diptychs +Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits by Robert Vaughan 2013 | Your Own Back Yard ~ Writing and Art ~ Michael Gillan Maxwell Michael is not only a super talented writer, but also an artist, a teacher, and an all around great guy! He and I crossed paths at a writing conference in 2010 at the Omega Institute and have been friends since. We share work often, and offer solid critique. He is also a writer who enjoys mixing up genre, and his writing has won awards. Check him out! And deep thanks, Michael, for your words and support.  ]]>

Diptychs + Triptychs review at HTMLGIANT

Bones Buried in the Dirt and forthcoming The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes). This is so wonderful, and I am deeply grateful to both David, and Janice Lee who is the Reviews Editor at HTMLGIANT: Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits by Robert Vaughan | HTMLGIANT. Also, I’ve been on such a high since my editor and publisher, Michael Seidlinger at Civil Coping Mechanisms posted the new photo of the first copy of Addicts & Basements, my new book, available February 1: First copy of finished book Life is good, despite the the wind chill dipping us below zero. Who cares? Party time!!!  ]]>

"The Bagpipe Refrain" to be included in Literary Orphans Anthology

Literary Orphans Anthology. This must have been a very onerous and difficult process to select exactly what might be included: Best of Literary Orphans, Year One Anthology [SELECTIONS] “The Bagpipe Refrain” originally appeared in the Marilyn issue: The Bagpipe Refrain by Robert Vaughan. I also had a poem, “Aretha,” in the Wordsworth issue: Aretha by Robert Vaughan. And in the same issue, John Riley reviewed Microtones, my first chapbook: A Review of Robert Vaughan’s Microtones by John Riley. Editor-in-chief of Literary Orphans, Mike Joyce, has been a friend and a writer with whom I have exchanged many great writerly ideas over the past year (or two) since Literary Orphans took shape and blossomed into the distinctive literary magazine of such high quality it currently is. I look forward to this first anthology and to many more of our wonderful, friendly exchanges. Congratulations, Mike, Scott Waldyn, Doriana Lareau and all of the other staff! So thrilled, and proud of you all. Both of these pieces, “The Bagpipe Refrain” and “Aretha” are included in my upcoming book, Addicts & Basements from Civil Coping Mechanisms, coming February 1, 2014: Addicts & Basements by Robert Vaughan | Civil Coping Mechanisms.]]>

Pieces from Addicts & Basements at Atticus Review

The Fun We Had, Messes of Men and Laughter of Strangers; also Left Hand by Paul Curran; Winterswim by Ryan Bradley; Black Cloud by Juliet Escoria; Walls- an excerpt by Andrew Duncan Worthington; excerpts from Addicts & Basements by yours truly; excerpts from Green Light by Kyle Muntz; and an excerpt from We Will Listen For You by Nick Ripatrazone: Short Fiction | Atticus Review The pieces Michael selected of mine are here: Addicts: An Excerpt All are forthcoming in Addicts & Basements, on February 1, listed here, each with a footnote: Gauze, A Medical Dressing, A Scrim (won 2nd place in the Flash Fiction Chronicles Contest, 2013) Flip of a Coin (the original was drafted within days of learning I was traveling to India in 2006) Most Popular Baby Names of 2013 (prompted by the great list pieces published at McSweeny’s) The Femur (workshopped at Esalen Institute, Writing & Knowing workshop, summer 2013) Six Glimpses of the Uncouth (an ekphrastic piece, prompted by six paintings by Andre Schmucki) I hope you enjoy these! And thanks, Michael, and Atticus Review, for this great opportunity!  ]]>

Two Reviews on one Thursday

“I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.” I feel similarly about the title of Robert Vaughan’s newest chapbook. Once upon a time my husband and I giggled because he couldn’t read the title properly. Don’t be fooled, though: the title isn’t rhyming for “cute” sake, it really is selling content. And here is the rest: Goodreads | Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits Then, I noticed that writer extra-ordinaire, Peter Tieryas, also wrote about Diptychs + Triptychs at his blog The Whimsey of Creation: Tieryas Reviews Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipstick + Dipshits by Robert Vaughan. And he is equally busy and so, this is delightful. Tieryas writes: If mathematics and numerology try to bring quantified order to the madness of existence, Robert Vaughan’s  Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipstick  + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps, 2013), takes huge steps in deciphering the equation of human emotion. Numbers play a key role in these pieces that blend the boundaries between poetry, flash fiction, and numbers. I am so grateful to my writer friends, Melanie and Peter, for their support and selfless commitment to others. Also to anyone who has read Diptychs + Triptychs or is planning to, and might want to say a word or two about it. You make me so happy, and Deadly Chaps, my publisher, too! Cheers!]]>

Book List 2013 and the cold

The Human Line– Ellen Bass (poetry) Something Has to Happen Next– Andrew Michael Roberts (poetry) Space, In Chains– Laura Kasichke (poetry) A Thousand Morons– Quinn Monzo Somewhere Piano– Sarah Busse (poetry) The Bill From My Father– Bernard Cooper (memoir) Debacle Debacle– Matt Hart (poetry) Racing Hummingbirds– Jeanann Verlee (poetry) Pomegranate and Other Stories– Gay Degani Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?– Jeanette Winterson (memoir) Moods By Rachel Glaser Shampoo Horns– Aaron Teal House of Incest– Anais Nin Laure: The Collected Writings– trans. by Jeanine Herman Winter Stars– Larry Levis (poetry) When the Only Light is Fire– Saeed Jones (poetry) Smoking Mirrors– edited by Meg Tuite, Connotation Press Fast Forward: A Collection of Flash Fiction 2012– edited by Leah Rogin-Roper leadbelly– Tyehimba Jess (poetry) A Secondary Landscape– Aaron Gilbreath the great enigma– Tomas Transtromer (poetry) Letters From Robots– Diana Salier (poetry) Blue Rust– Joe Millar (poetry) Machine Dreams– Jayne Anne Phillips Life on Mars– Tracy K. Smith (poetry) But Our Princess is in Another Castle– BJ Best A Little Soul: 140 Twitterstories– Darren Cormier What the Right Hand Knows– Tom Healy (poetry) Native Guard– Natasha Trethewey (poetry) He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices– Stephen S. Mills (poetry) You Are Jaguar– David Tomaloff and Ryan Bradley (poetry) Every Love Story is a Ghost Story– D.T. Max (memoir) The Buoyancy of It All– Robert Walker (poetry) Heroines– Kate Zembrano (memoir/essay) Triste– Lisa Marie Basile (poetry) Adirondack Camps– Craig Gilmore The Art of Porosity– Andrew Franck Aaron & Keoni– Loren Moreno (flash fiction) Henry Darger Art and Selected Writings– edited by Michael Bonesteel (memoir) Man Vs. Sky– Corey Zeller (poetry) The Dream Police– Dennis Cooper (poetry) A Taste of Cherry– Kara Condito (poetry) Badlands– Thomas Biel Verses– Ani DeFranco (poetry) Slut Lullabies– Gina Frangello Train Dreams– Denis Johnson Glaciers– Alexis M. Smith A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos edited by David Trinidad (poetry) Men Undressed– anthology edited by Cris Mazza the & now awards: the best innovative writing– ed. by Davis Schneiderman The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara- edited by Donald Allen (poetry) Black Aperture– Matt Rasumssen (poetry) Rough Music– Deborah Digges (poetry) One Hidden Stuff– Barbara Ras (poetry) Zin!– Kyle Hemmings (poetry chapbook) Waging Heavy Peace– Neil Young (memoir) A Marker to Measure Drift– Alexander Maksik A Walk in the Woods– Bill Bryson (memoir) Pleasure Trout– Gloria Mindock (poetry) Antidotes For An Alibi– Amy King (poetry) Milk Run– Kate Braverman (poetry) My 1980s and Other Essays– Wayne Koestenbaum (essays) The Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge– Peter Orton (short stories) We Agreed to Meet Just Here– Scott Blackwood Time-Bound– Kurt Brown (poetry) Bound by Blue– Meg Tuite (short stories) First Time– anthology, edited by Bud Smith By Myself– D.A. Powell & David Trinidad (faux memoir) The Buoyancy of it All– Robert Walker (poetry) Eternal Patrol– Russell Dillon (poetry) The Peerless Four– Victoria Patterson (novel) In the Carnival of Breathing– Lisa Fay Coultey (poetry) Her Skin Is a Costume– Meg Tuite (chapbook) Cinema Verite– Sam Rasnake (poetry) Alone With Other People– Gabby Bess Inheritance– Steven Reigns (poetry) Dead Letters- Joani Reese (poetry) American Busboy– Matthew Guenette (poetry) The Whack-Job Girls and Other Stories– Bonnie Zobell (flash fiction) Morrissey- Autobiography- Stephen Andrew Morrissey The Book of Women– Dorianne Laux (poetry) The Anchorage– Mark Wonderlich (poetry) The Laughter of Strangers– Michael Seidlinger Box Cutter– Samuel Snoek-Brown (flash fiction) Had I A Hundred Mouths– William Goyen (short stories) Were there any outstanding books you read in 2013? Any prior to last year? Do you share your favorite books with friends? Are you a member of Goodreads, where anyone can share the books you’ve read, rate them, or write a review? Here is my Goodreads | Robert Vaughan page.  Also, thanks to Molly Gaudry and the great peeps at The Lit Pub, for the listing of Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits: The Lit Pub • Home. My publisher, Deadly Chaps Press, and Joseph Quintela, sent out his 2013 year-in-review newsletter, and included this excerpt:  “Deadly Chaps Press made one release in our continuing chapbook series but it was a doozy: the remarkable Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks, + Dipshits by Robert Vaughan. He’s already getting rave reviews and has been listed at LitPub. Get your copy now, or as always, you can give it a read online for free! We look forward to upcoming releases by Niela Mezynski and Mark James Andrews in 2014.”  Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits          ]]>