May Flowers

WUWM: Lake Effect – Flash Fiction Friday: Choices in Gender   Listen for submission opportunities. My piece, “The Outlaw” is included in the May elimae! This is one of my favorite online magazines, so it’s fantastic to be included among such talent. I re-posted the piece at Fictionaut. (It appeared originally at 52/250 in January). “The Outlaw” by Robert Vaughan → Fictionaut Thanks editor Brandon Hobson! And speaking of 52/250, it’s hard to believe this incredibly  fun, generous, and gracious community will be writing it’s last segment this week, with the theme for the 52nd week: “Threesome.” For what’s to come with 52/250,  read What’s Next? | 52|250 A Year of Flash Thanks editors Michelle, John & Walter! And my latest When He Calls by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash Cold Front by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash Matron by Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash I have a collection of three micro-fiction at Blue Lotus Review. Thanks editor Amy Willoughby Burle. “Liminal” is included in a great May line-up at Negative Suck. Thanks editor Jeffrey Callico .Wordprompt 5 – NEGATIVE SUCK “Loneliness” is up at Magnolia’s Press. Thanks editor Will Clingan “Loneliness,” Robert Vaughan « MP Happy One Year Anniversary to Russell at The Camel Saloon! Check out the great line-up of writers, including buddy Len Kuntz with his poem, “The Truth About Snow”: The Camel Saloon Thanks Russell, for all of your ongoing support. I have work forthcoming at 52/250, “Nowhere in Sight” at Pure Slush (check out this site for the Queer theme all May). About – Pure Slush Also a non-fiction article called “On Writing Recollection and Flash Fiction” is forthcoming at Flash Fiction Chronicles (thanks Gay Degani). Flash Fiction Chronicles I’ve work coming out at Frwiction, Used Furniture Review, Rufous City Review, Cavalcade of Stars, Thirty-Nine, The Scream, and more. During the month of April, Thunderclap Press supported poets and Poetry Month by publishing a poem per day on our blog. Check it out! A chapbook is forthcoming, as well as discounts on Thunderclap 5! Get it NOW! Please join us for our next Redbird-Redoak on the road! A Cafe Fixx Showcase in May 5th, more information here: RedBird-RedOak Writing Also, I will be teaching FLASH IN THE PAN on May 14th. Register today, before its too late! “Flash in the Pan” with Robert Vaughan « RedBird-RedOak Writing Happy trails my friends, until next installment!]]>


SUBMIT! « I am also reading still for JMWW magazine and loving the work there. Staff recently helped Jen Michalski to decide on the JMWW print Anthology #5 and it will premiere at the AWP Conference in Washington, D.C. in Feb., 2011. I can’t wait, as I will be there! Here is where you can find more of my own recent work since my last post: “Sometimes he feels like it’s numb” at Salt River Review…farewell issue! We will miss you! story by Robert Vaughan “Casey’s Grill” at In Between Altered States In Between Altered States “Nod to Jack” at The Camel Saloon The Eye of the Needle: Jack Kerouac Day October 21, 2010: Nod to Jack “A Good Pain” at Fiction at Work Short Shorts “Stuffed” at Negative Suck current content – NEGATIVE SUCK “Just Tell Me” at I want to thank each and every editor who has worked with me since I began this journey of submitting, and to those who accepted work above: Lynda (best to you dear!), Aleathia, Russell, Toby, Jeffrey, and Shannon. Each a talented writer in their own write! (right) Last Saturday, I led a Flash Fiction workshop called Flash in the Pan! There were 14 participants and we had a great time at the Redbird- Redoak Studio. You can see some pictures here: RedBird-RedOak ~ A Unique Writing Community Thanks again, Kim Suhr for doing such a stellar job at the helm. It drove home the reasons why I do love this genre and continue to explore its dazzling facets. If you are local and able to join me, please come to Boswell Books on Friday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. A multi-talented trio of writers from Chicago will be there to read, laugh and talk about their latest books: Gina Frangello (Slut Lullabies) Davis Schneiderman (Drain) and Zoe Zolbrod (Currency). It’s going to be one you don’t want to miss! More information about the event here: Forthcoming Events – November 2010 | Boswell Book Company As our weather turns to chill, warm your heart with a great book, an interesting magazine, an author event, a great book on tape or Kindle. Sometime in December I will post all of my reads from 2010. Damn, my eyes have been busy! Until next time… ]]>


Cowboys & Indians « Clutching at Straws Fill the Void « Clutching at Straws “Semaphores” at 2010 September 15 | “Zasu Pitts” at: The Camel Saloon: Zasu Pitts “Test” at Indigo Rising:Indigo Rising Magazine. Also inclusion of “Box Elders” in Indigo Rising Print Edition #3. “Harley Heaven” at Orion headless:Harley Heaven | Orion headless “Pool Hall” at Girls with Insurance: Pool Hall | GwI “Salt” at Magnolia’s Press: “Salt,” Robert Vaughan | Magnolia’s Press A thousand thanks to editors: Shawn, Shannon, Russell, Tannen and Michael, Sara, Dawn, and Will. Behind every amazing web or print zine is a person or a staff that makes tough decisions. I am so honored to be found among these pages. I also want to give a huge shout to my girl, Amanda Deo, for honoring me with editor credit on the latest Thunderclap! Press, Numero Tres: The Femme Fatale issue! I was so excited to find this all female issue chock full of inspirational points of view, and the gamut of  female experiences. You can order that here, and please do! Thunderclap! Special Edition – Femme Fatal by thunderclappress in Poetry Also, Amanda and I are looking forward to reading submissions for the upcoming Thunderclap! Magazine Numero Quatro issue. Theme? LOVE! Send us your LOVE poems and LOVE flash pieces. Today! Here is the place to mail them: SUBMIT! « Thunderclap Press Last Friday I was able to scoot over to Madison to take in the Wisconsin People & Ideas book fest reading at Avol’s. This was to honor the winners’ of their 2009 annual Wisconsin People & Ideas contest. The top three poets read (keep an eye out for the first place winner, Austin Smith, who’s first book “in the silence of the migrated birds” is out by Parallel Press). And the top three fiction readers read, topped off by dear friend and bottomless talent, Sheila Hanrahan. She read her 1st place winner, “Anything that Sticks” which was included in the Summer 2010 Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.  Sheila was fantastic, and her story held me on the verge of tears numerous times. Here is more information about the contest winners, and also a link to this year’s contest: Wisconsin Academy : 2010 Short Story Contest Wisconsin Academy : Writing Contests In closing, I was surprised to see a friend make a recent comment on my blog. She and I met briefly the first morning of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in July. We were early birds, eagerly among the first to check in that morning, and fell easily into chatting about our craft, lives, and the world-at-large. After we attended the massive “welcome” session for all writers, all workshops, we departed to our separate writing worlds, never to see one another again. And yet…this is one of those fantastic things about the internet! She tracked me down through my blog! Yes, I know, I could delve into the darker realms of the internet, and I might wait to do so, as I am seeing “The Social Network” movie today. Instead I’ll just say, thanks, Nancy, for finding me!]]>

Biking in France

Shakespeare and Company Here is the latest short list of pieces of mine that were published since I last blogged: Motherhood at Short, Fast, and DeadlyMotherhood – Short, Fast, and Deadly A, B, C at A-MinorA, B, C « A-Minor British Faux Pas at A Handful of Stonesa handful of stones: British Faux Pas The Empty Nest at The Not: not from here, are you?: Robert Vaughan Guest Writes Also, while I was in Paris, the second installment of my WUWM Lake Effect interview about flash fiction aired. Here are the links for both Part 1 and Part 2: WUWM: Lake Effect – Flash Fiction Fridays Begin with Robert Vaughan WUWM: Lake Effect – Flash Fiction Friday! Returns: How to Get Published It looks as if I might be co-ordinating the Flash Fiction Fridays program at WUWM if it does, indeed, get off the ground. I love the idea of more writers sharing their short work, and we shall see after I have a chance to meet with the producers at Lake Effect. Thanks again, Stephanie, for your interview and vision. I will be leading a workshop produced by Redbird-Redoak called Flash in the Pan. Check it out, I’d love to have you participate.  The writing Roundtables are also listed at the same site. You can get more information about them here: “Flash in the Pan” with Robert Vaughan | RedBird-RedOak ~ A Unique Writing Community That about wraps this installment. A bluejay screeches. An acorn plunks onto the roof, rolling onto the patio. The leaves, ready to turn overnight, await their colorful destiny. A dog barks in the far off distance. A deer? And you? Where will you travel to…this autumn? In your dreams?]]>

Leo Birthdays, Trips, and Inspiration

The Cheapskate by Robert Vaughan « In Between Altered States “Adversity” at Danse Macabre: Azaad Poetry “True North” at Litsnack: TRUE NORTH by Robert Vaughan – LITSNACK “Pretzel Logic” and “True North” at MiCrow: “Rescue” at The Camel Saloon: The Camel Saloon: Rescue “Corporate Runner” at Girls with Insurance: Corporate Runner | GwI “Mountain Deep, River High” at Four and Twenty: I am still waiting for poems to appear in an August issue that were accepted at Heavy Bear Heavybear, and a story, “Liminal” to appear at The Lesser Flamingo  lesserflamingo – Home. And there are four or five other acceptances on the close horizon as I continue to write, revise, submit, and repeat! We have our last summer roundtables this week at Redbird- Redoak Studio. And as I was recently asked by founder of jmww magazine, Jen Michalski for a picture and bio, I can only assume that I will finally be added to their website as a full-fledged editor! I have been reading pieces for the magazine for roughly three months. I am teaching a workshop for Redbird- Redoak this fall. It’s called Flash in the Pan, a flash workshop for writers interested in what many are considering the fastest growing genre in writing. It will be October 30th at the Marian Center. For more details, visit the Redbird Redoak website. RedBird-RedOak ~ A Unique Writing Community. One of the poetry activities we shared with the kids this summer really got me thinking, so I wanted to share an edited version with you. Take a few moments, when you have time, to really ponder the following, and create a short written list for each question: Where do you feel happiest? Where do you feel most at home? Where would you come from if you weren’t born where you were? Now write a poem, informed from the above data. You can start it with “I Come From” or it could be a list poem, or an abstraction. Have fun! Throw open those windows and enjoy the rest of summer. Better yet, get outside whenever possible. Laugh at the sky.]]>

Iowa Summer Writing Festival and more, more, more…

Sudden Fiction) and were lead into a handful of writing “triggers” (prompts) by Kyle. I enjoyed the casual conversational tone, and the insights we discovered in the writings by creative authors. We workshopped our own short pieces the second day and gave one another feedback. I read two stories: “Liminal” and “Triptych.” This week I am in the throes of teaching the Red Oak Young Writers program with Kim, Laurel, and Allison. It’s been a fun week thus far, held at 10 Chimneys. We have 20 students ranging in age from 7 to 11 grade. We’ve focused on poetry, story, flash, dialogue, and various other fun activities. They love free writing time and roundtables for feedback the best, so we fit those in daily. I had several more pieces published  and you can find them here: “Nodding” and “Cat Scan” at Thunderclap Press: Thunderclap Press (also available in print form, see website for details) “Mirage” at New Wave Vomit: 84 “Transition” at Orion Headless: Transition | Orion headless “What’s the Story, Morning Glory?” at S.S.F.: SLEEP. SNORT. FUCK.: What’s The Story Morning Glory? “The Black Sea” at S,F,D: The Black Sea – Short, Fast, and Deadly “Detour” at Clutching at Straws: Detour « Clutching at Straws “Bed Post” at 2010 July 22 | My short fiction piece, “Terminal” was selected for the MIND GAMES anthology at 6S and you can purchase it here: 6S, Mind Games I also published my second piece of non-fiction writing at The Nervous Breakdown, called “I Had a Dream”: The Nervous Breakdown Please feel free to comment at any or all of these websites for writers! And thanks to the editors for supporting my work: Joseph, Shannon, Shawn, Amanda, Margaret, Tannen, Ana, Sara, and Brad. My former boss, Judy Bridges of Redbird Studio is getting close to publishing her instrumental and insightful Shut Up & Write book. I can feel the excitement building around this project that she has pored herself into. I can’t wait to hold my very own (signed) copy! Hearty congratulations, Judy! We went to the Milwaukee Brewers game on Monday night, and they WON! It was a close game, 3-2. Also ate a meal on the Hollander patio for the first time all summer. We had a blast. I have a friend from high school visiting this weekend. That ought to provide a nice experience! What are you doing for the first time (that you might have never done before?) Or have you been someplace new (Iowa was for me) this summer? I hope more than anything that you are having fun.]]>

Wisconsin Summer

Postcard Shorts: Stories that fit on a postcard “The Frozen River” at 50 to 1 (thanks, Glen): 50 to 1 “Pheasant Lane” at Orion headless (thanks, Sara): Pheasant Lane | Orion headless “When the Time Comes” at Negative Suck (thanks, Jeffrey): July 2010 archive 1 – NEGATIVE SUCK “The Basement” at Underground Voices (thanks, Jim): UNDERGROUND VOICES MAGAZINE/ROBERT VAUGHAN “Before and After” at Soundless Poetry: Robert Vaughan « soundless “Regarding Kay” at The Camel Saloon (THANKS RUSSELL!!!): The Camel Saloon: Regarding Kay A note about this poem: I wrote “Regarding Kay” the week that I found out my mother passed away in November 2002. Kay was a long term Alzheimer’s patient, and I was on vacation in NYC at the time of her final demise. It’s a complex illness, to say the very least, and this poem is raw, and angry, and complex, written in the throes of attempting to reconcile my feelings about my mother: the loss, the love, the memories, her life, and mine, now, without her in it. Russell, the editor and “barkeep” at The Camel Saloon, honored me when he e-mailed to say he was approaching his 100th post of literature at his site. And he wanted to honor me by giving me his 100th post. Well, that alone blew me away. There seemed to be no choice: Regarding Kay it was! Of course, the moment I e-mailed it to him, I had my doubts. Too personal. Too tragic. You know how the mind works. Well, Russell loved the poem, and scores of other people have since chimed in to tell me how it affected them. I could never have asked for a better tribute for Kay or my family. And I am eternally grateful to Russell for touching my heart so deeply. That same weekend, the 4th of July, we spent a three day stint in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s a nice get-away from Milwaukee, and yet the city has a completely different feeling. We took in a fantastic show at the American Players Theater in Spring Green. The Touchstone Theater had a performance of “The Syringa Tree” starring actress extra-ordinaire Colleen Madden. It was a tour de force performance in a role that requires no less than twenty or more character changes: black, white, young, old, male, female. It mattered not, she produced this seamless, flawless magic. Instantaneous standing ovations were not enough! If you can’t see her in the show, then do read the book by the same name by author Pamela Gien. It’s fantastic! I am currently reading Dzanc Books Best of the Web 2010 edited by guest editor Kathy Fish and series editor Matt Bell. Next I’ll read The Pen/O.Henry Prize Stories with jury selections by Junot Diaz, Paula Fox, and Yiyun Li. So much material, so little time (again, this time crunch theme?) Five or perhaps six weeks ago I had a goal of reaching 25 pieces published before my birthday in August. Well, I surpassed that a while back. I just had my 43rd piece accepted for publication, spread among 21 various online or print journals. It really does astound me, and yet I continue to write, to submit, to re-write and persevere. I will be a guest on Lake Effect, Milwaukee’s Public Radio, talking about the state of online magazines and journals, one writer’s submission process, and flash fiction in particular, as I seem to have had much success of late with this form. I’m also going to read a selection of my work. We’re taping on July 20, so I will post the dates of airing, and links for podcast, etc. And so, summer marches on. Yesterday we had hail, today Lance Armstrong looks like his chances at yet another win in the Tour de France might have ended. What will tomorrow bring? What might be some new adventure for you this summer that you have always wanted to do, but just haven’t yet? Take the plunge. The world awaits.]]>

New York Visit

2010 June 18 | Also, I had a racy piece taken by Sleep. Snort. Fuck. Thanks editors! SLEEP. SNORT. FUCK.: Starting Over The writing continues to fly…summer takes off…what are you up to? Any big trips on the horizon? How will your life benefit from your 2010 experiences? A few other random things I recommend: Christina Aguilera’s Bionic CD (get the European version if possible), Coco Chanel movie (sad and reverent), James L. White “The Salt Ecstasies” a poetry collection with a foreward by Mark Doty. And the New Yorker‘s issue (June 14 & 21) was dedicated to ’20 Under 40.’ Meaning twenty writers under forty years old. Nicole Krauss: “The Young Painters” : The New Yorker Then, as I am a dedicated user of Facebook, Dan Wickett, Exec. Dir. of Dzanc Books published an alternative list called 20 Writers to Watch: Facebook | Dan Wickett: 20 Writers to Watch – An Alternate List Hope you enjoy both! Peace, Love, Fly.]]>


jmww.spring.2010 Also, I have been working in tandem with editor Amanda Deo at Thunderclap Press, on some creative chapbooks and also flash fiction submissions. I have had two pieces accepted thus far for the upcoming Numero Dos issue. More info. here: Thunderclap Press I am now a full-fledged member at Fictionaut, where you have to be invited to join (thanks Meg Pokrass!). I have posted two flash pieces there as well as one poem. You can read them all here: Robert Vaughan — Fictionaut And here are the various other places where you can read my writing on the web: Part of Life: Two Ways « Clutching at Straws Tryst Issue XIX: Contents Blink|Ink | ‘quick snips of mixed fiction’ The Camel Saloon: Houseboat It has been a wonderful week indeed. I am so grateful to the following editors of the above mentioned literary magazines: Shawn Misener at Clutching at Straws, Mia at Tryst, Lynn Alexander at Blink/Ink, and Russell Streur at The Camel Saloon. And to my fellow roundtable writers at Redbird-Redoak, I can’t thank you enough for your insights and suggestions. We had an amazing night on June 3, reading selections from our writing at Cafe Fixx in Milwaukee. There was a great turnout, and I was happy that Kim Suhr, our head honcho, placed me first in the line-up. I read three short pieces: “When the Time Comes” to be published at Negative Suck, “Furballs,” and “Liminal” which is forthcoming from The Lesser Flamingo. And I reached another milestone. One of my writing goals was to attempt to hit 25 submission acceptances by the time my milestone birthday arrives in August. Well, it happened a little early: Today! I had my 25th acceptance, a new piece called “Sometimes He Feels Like It’s Numb” which will come out this summer at Salt River Review. Thanks editor, Lynda Schor. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention these two weeks of the French Open and the great efforts of Schiavone who beat Sam Stosur yesterday; and Rafa Nadal who won his 5th French Open title, defeating Robin Soderling fairly handedly. So inspirational to see Nadal avenge his loss last year to Soderling, and to be back on top of his game. Some prompts for you writers/artists, from our latest sessions: 1) He felt Edmond tugging at his leg. 2) Civilization has been slow to give up on our myth of the Earth’s infinite generosity. 3) I believe she was a good woman, rather lonely, more sensitive than anyone understood. Happy writing! Better yet, happy living!]]>