Review of Microtones by Andree Robinson-Neal

Book Review – Microtones by Robert Vaughan « Flash Fiction Chronicles For writers, and purposes of submitting, check out the thorough list of markets, and resources of where to submit, broken into categories by word limits: Flash Markets « Flash Fiction Chronicles Wow! What a joy it is to have one’s work not only appreciated, but re-interpreted in these lovely, myriad ways. Thanks, Andree, for this luminous review. And Jim Harrington, and all the great staff at FFC for your continuous support of the flash fiction community.]]>

The Illusion of Continuity is up at Counterexample Poetics

Counterexample Poetics: Assemblage of Experimental Artistry. This is in combination with Meg Tuite’s “Full Circle”: Counterexample Poetics: Assemblage of Experimental Artistry And then we also collaborated on “Steeped in Fog”: Counterexample Poetics: Assemblage of Experimental Artistry. And to top it all off, Meg interviews me about Microtones: Counterexample Poetics: Assemblage of Experimental Artistry. Words do not express the gratitude I feel for Jamez Chang in his new role as the Fiction Editor at Counterexample Poetics! He is already rocking this concept, and his stamp was stellar for Meg and me, especially his ideas with our collaborative piece, Steeped in Fog. Thanks, Jamez! All the best to you. Talent obviously runs in the family, with his wife’s gorgeous art:  ]]>

Mention at DC's: writer Dennis Cooper's incredible blog

DC’s: 3 books I read recently and loved: Darby Larson Irritant, Travis Jeppesen The Suiciders, Robert Vaughn Microtones So, call me silly. And if nothing else, a little vain, too. Happy weekend- or, as my pal Michael Gillan Maxwell likes to say: “It’s Friday, bitches!” Get yer groove on.]]>

Microtones Review by Melanie Page

Microtones manifested in real form at the Cervena Barva Press table, Gloria Mindock beaming (what an extra-ordinary editor…and human being!) Melanie was one of many writers at AWP who generously got a copy of my first book, and said, with that pervasive twinkle in her eyes, “I’d love to review this!” I remember thinking, ‘yeah, right!’ It was so far from any previous experience I’d had. Well, here it is! Melanie sent to me her astute observations and insights about Microtones, and here is her entire review: Melanie Page- MICROTONES I regret that I didn’t read this book sooner. Honestly, it’s a chapbook that I got in March at AWP 2013, which was followed by a train ride lasting over 24 hours. Okay, I get motion sick, which is why I listened to a Junot Diaz e-book. Instead, I read the whole thing while waiting for my BBQ chicken dinner to bake. That easy! Some works in this chapbook are flash, others are poetry. I lean more toward fiction myself, which is probably why I liked those pieces more. The ones that stood out as my awesomest-favoritist were “Stand Here,” a piece that describes the descent of a relationship NOT in dialogue or feelings, but simply where the person was physically positioned (COOL!); “Recollection,” which captured an entire life in maybe 100 words–what’s he guilty of, what does the wife know, why is the pastor so forceful!–; “Buried,” about two women who are pregnant and waiting for their baby-daddy to come home, though he most likely died in combat–the women were soldiers, too, until they both became with child; and “Wrestling with Genetics,” a super shorty with a father/son duo battling out drinking, driving, and the macho attitudes that can lead to such a decision. Flash fiction is painfully hit/miss and can totally deceive young writers. Some see it as a platform to describe a scene, and we get something like a photo. Others see the flash as a place to rant a bit on his/her personal views. The flash needs to be a WHOLE WORLD, a life, in few words. Vaughan does it about 100 or less. Amazing! Example: “Most people don’t like a sarcastic cancer patient actually,” I said. Aunt Sally replied, “Well, most people don’t have cancer.” I drove her to her chemo treatments on Mondays, my day off. This was her third round. I turned up the radio. She re-applied her lipstick, turned it back down. “And what’s so bad with a little sarcasm every now and then?” Here we go. “Saved your Uncle Tony’s and my marriage. Maybe you shoulda tried a little sarcasm with your ex-wife?” I turned the radio back up. (from “A, B, C” in Microtones) Don’t you just wonder about the relationship between these two? They seem incompatible, but they are together every Monday to help Aunt Sally avoid death. Where did she get her attitude about sarcasm in the first place? What really happened between the narrator and his ex-wife? These are areas in which a reader can dream. We’re fed enough to be satiated–to get a whole situation and some history–but are left room to explore. Robert’s note post review: Thanks so much, Melanie, for making this Saturday unique and fantastic! For more information about Microtones, and to order the book at Cervena Barva Press: The Lost Bookshelf       ]]>

Contests and AWP in Boston, 2013

The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review » The Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction 2014 | I want to mention what an honor it is to appear in the same company as Lidia Yuknavitch, Sheldon Compton and many others. Fantastic news, and congratulations to all who placed. Then, I heard that my short, strange piece “Gauze, A Medical Dressing, A Scrim” took 2nd place in the 2013 Flash Fiction Chronicle’s String-of-10 FIVE contest, guest judge was Kathy Fish: String-of-10 FIVE Winner Announced and an Interview with Guest Judge, Kathy Fish « Flash Fiction Chronicles This is such an honor! The winner, Linda Simoni-Wastila is a terrific writer, a fellow senior editor at JMWW magazine and has been a supportive online friend for years. Great going, Linda and congrats to you, Folly Blaine, Stephen Ramey and the impressive list of Honorable Mentions. I now have an author page on Facebook (don’t cuss me out). Join me here for all the news and updates on my new book, MICROTONES: Robert Vaughan In addition to this, here is the website for my publisher, Gloria Mindock and her wonderful press, Cervena Barva Press. The book will be available to purchase ANY DAY NOW. Please let me know if you have any questions: Cervena Barva Press This Wednesday I head to Boston for the annual AWP Conference. I will be reading in three off-site events: Wednesday (weather providing); Festival of Language, Dillon’s, 955 Boyleston Street, the entire reading is from 5-10 p.m. I am reading in the second set, which starts at 7:15 p.m. Thursday: A Reading eXperiment presented by Festival of Language, LIR, 903 Boylston St., 4:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Friday: HEAT- The Fire Inside: Dillon’s, 955 Boylston St., reading is 2:30- 6 p.m. I am reading in the first set, probably around 3:15 p.m. In addition, Cervena Barva Press is located at table P-11. I will be there from 4-5:30 p.m. on Saturday to sign MICROTONES. Come by and say hi! I hope to cross paths with many of you in Boston! Have a great time whatever you’re doing!  ]]>

The Next Best Thing

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing Q. What is the title of your book? A. Microtones. Here is my cover: Proof Cover_Microtones Q. Where did the idea come from for the book? A. Some of the material was generated through the ongoing influences of music; rhythms, patterns, refrains, lyrics. Also my vast array of artistic mentors. The title is a nod to musical outsider, genius Harry Partch, an American composer and instrument creator. You can find more out about Harry at Ubuweb: U B U W E B – Film & Video: Harry Partch – The Outsider: The Story of Harry Partch (2002) Q. What genre is your book? A. Microtones is a chapbook, comprised of 24 poems and flash fiction shorts. Q. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? A. Any indie Off-Off Broadway out of work actor who works some overnight job to make ends meet. Q. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A. Microtones is a quiet, unsettling expression for Robert Vaughan’s foray into publishing his first collection of prose & poetry. You can sample one of the pieces in the collection, “The Outlaw,” here: elimae Q. How is your book published? A. My publisher is Cervena Barva Press, Gloria Mindock is publisher/editor: Cervena Barva Press Poetry Homepage Q. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? A. About five years. Most of these were previously published in online journals, like Elimae, prior to appearing in Microtones. Q. What other books might Microtones compare to? A. My work has been compared to Charles Simic, Maureen Seaton, Simon Perchik, James Tate, Andrew Michael Roberts, Li-Young Lee, and Dorianne Laux. Q. Who or what inspired you to write this book? A. I can’t possibly list entirely everyone: surely my partner, family, friends, teachers. Also everyone who has ever told me “not good enough” or sent a rejection. And James, Mel, Sally and other loved ones who are in spirit now. Thanks to Bill Yarrow for this! You can order Microtones very soon from the Cervena Barva Press website. Also, our table at AWP is P11. Come find us! I will be participating in three or four off-site readings while at AWP in Boston: Festival of Language on Wednesday, 5:30- 10 p.m. at Dillon’s Reading Experiment Game Show on Thursday- 4- 6:30 p.m. at LIR HEAT on Friday, 2:30- 6 p.m. at Dillon’s Stay tuned for more. I have some other exciting news that I will be posting very soon! In the meantime, any support you can muster to help get the word out about Microtones would be great!  ]]>