2014 Reading list (and more)

Addicts & Basements, my first full length collection, and my third book. * I received my first Kirkus Review, among many fine, insightful, and supportive reviews. * I’m a Gertrude Stein Award finalist (second year in a row!!!) * There were over 20 different events in which I read, cities like Seattle, New York (twice), Madison, and Milwaukee. (The list continues with bookings in Santa Fe, Denver, and New York for 2015!) * I attended a weekend poetry workshop at Omega Institute with Richard Blanco (and my good friends Michael Gillan Maxwell and David Carter!) * I edited Bud Smith’s Everything Neon, his first stellar full-length poetry collection, from Marginalia Press. * Grateful for several journals, new to me, that published my work: Everyday Genius, theNewer York, and The Miscreant, among others. * Two nominations for the Pushcart Prize (added to two former): “Ten Notes to the Guy Studying Jujitsu” (Deadly Press): and “What He Left to Me” (The Miscreant). Thanks editors, Joseph Quintela, and Amanda Harris. * I’ve started new columns on my writer’s blog to add to HUMP DAY: “Two for Tuesday” and the new monthly book give-away! Both will continue in 2015. * Recently it was announced that I am one of four new deputy editors for Civil Coping Mechanisms: About CCM-Entropy | ENTROPY. I am truly excited about this opportunity, and look forward to working with new authors. Thanks, CCM Editor-in-chief, Michael Seidlinger. My Reading List from 2014– (starred books I recommend (*) You Sang it Back to Me– Amanda Deo (poetry) Calendar of Regrets– Lance Olsen * My Ghost in the Bush of Lies- Paul Wessels Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles– Kate Braverman (memoir) * White Girls– Hilton Als * Cunt Norton– Dodie Bellamy Dreaming My Animal Selves– Helene Cardona (poetry) The Physics of Imaginary Objects– Tina May Hall (flash fiction) Watering Heaven by Peter Tieryas- Liu (short stories) Beautiful Ruins– Jess Walter Murmuration– Ryan Warner (chapbook) I Am Not a Pioneer– Adam Fell (poetry) Call Me Burroughs, A Life– Barry Miles (biography) Antidotes for an Alibi– Amy King (poetry) A Life in Men– Gina Frangello Vow– Kristina Marie Darling (kindle- poetry) Masters of Sex– Thomas Maier (biography) Twilight of the Superheroes– Deborah Eisenberg (kindle- poetry) Zoom- Zoom Room– Penny Goring (poetry) The Isle of Youth– Laura Vandenberg (stories) * The Dark Sunshine– Len Kuntz (stories) * Tollbooth– Bud Smith * The Motion of Light in Water– Samuel R. Delany (memoir) * Girls Standing on Lawns– Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman Misadventure– Nicholas Grider (short stories) Family Trouble– Joy Castro (memoir anthology) * Everything Neon– Bud Smith (poetry) * I Want to Make You Safe– Amy King (poetry) Kill Marguerite.- Megan Milks (short stories) * Stories I Only Tell My Friends– Rob Lowe (auto-biography) Holding on Upside Down: Marianne Moore– Linda Leavell (biography) Shotgun Lovesongs– Nicholas Butler (fiction) e.e.cummings: a life– Susan Cheever (biography) Stone Bride Madrigals– Nicolette Wong (poetry chap) Hello, The Roses– Mei- mei Berssenbruegger (poetry) The Poetics of Space– Gaston Bachelard * The Mourning Diary– Roland Barthes Blood a Cold Blue– James Claffey (short stories) * Balefire– Shann Ray (poetry) Black Cloud– Juliet Escoria * Steal Me For Your Stories– Robb Todd (flash/ short stories) * I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying– Matthew Salesses (flash novel) * The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld– Justin Hocking (memoir) * The Mere Weight of Words– Carissa Halston (novella) flatscreen– Adam Wilson Tap- Root– Indigo Moor (poetry) Babel– Patti Smith (poetry) * Looking For the Gulf Motel– Richard Blanco (poetry) Deep Ellum- Brandon Hobson * Spent– Antonia Crane (memoir) Let Me See It– James Magruder Burnings– Ocean Vuong (poetry) * Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (re-read) Letters To A Young Poet– Rainer Maria Rilke (re-read) A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat– Arthur Rimaud (poetry) An Untamed State- Roxane Gay flatscreen– Adam Wilson F- 250– Bud Smith David and Goliath– Malcolm Gladwell (essays) The Sky Conducting– Michael Seidlinger (kindle) * ghostbread– Sonja Livingston (memoir) * The Mustache He’s Always Wanted But Could Never Grow– Brian Alan Ellis (stories) * Bad Feminist– Roxane Gay (essays) * Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (essay/ poetry) Ariel: The Restored Edition- Sylvia Plath (poetry) * Excavation– Wendy C. Ortiz (memoir) * The Fun We’ve Had– Michael Seidlinger * Lost in Space– Ben Tanzer (essay) * Forest of Fortune– Jim Ruland * What the Light Reveals– Rachel Heimowitz (poetry) * You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know– John Bradley (poetry) American Prometheus– Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (biography) Sentence #10– ed. by Brian Clements (prose poetry anthology) Like a Beggar– Ellen Bass (poetry) * Tender Buttons– Gertrude Stein Preparation for the Next Life– Atticus Lish * The Doll Palace– Sara Lippmann (stories) * BOMB: The Interviews– ed. Betsy Sussler * nagging wives, foolish husbands– Nate Tower (short stories) * Calenday– Lauren Haldeman (poetry) * Our Secret Life in the Movies– Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree Clotheslines– Mathieu Cailler (poetry chapbook) * The Inevitable June– Bob Schofield * Paul Chan Selected Writings 2000- 2014, ed. by George Baker and Eric Banks UnAmerica- Momus (a/k/a Nick Currie) Fourteen Stories: None of Them Are Yours by Luke Goebel * As you can see, indicated by how many stars, this was an incredible year for books. Here are my favorites by category: Fiction: three way tie- Forest of Fortune– Jim Ruland; Preparation for the Next Life– Attticus Lish; Fourteen Stories, None of Them are Yours– Luke B. Goebel Short Story: two way tie- Doll Palace Stories– Sara Lippmann; Dark Sunshine– Len Kuntz Poetry: Like a Beggar– Ellen Bass Memoir: two-way tie- ghostbread– Sonja Livingston; Excavation– Wendy C. Ortiz Essay: Bad Feminist– Roxane Gay Hybrid: two way tie- I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying– Matthew Salesses; Black Cloud– Juliet Escoria And that’s it! Not sure I can choose a best book, but so many great reads. How about you? Did you read any amazing books this year? Please do share them in comments! I’m always looking to buy. Thanks for another amazing year.      ]]>

Holiday Book- Giveaway and Salutations

Goodreads | Robert Vaughan (Author of Addicts & Basements).  Often when a new book comes out, Goodreads offers a remarkable plan to host a “raffle” that is free for anyone as a Goodreads user to enter. I’ve entered over three or even four dozen contests since I became a Goodreads member in 2009. This was the first time I ever won! Well, as luck turns out, the book, Doll Palace Stories, written by the uber-talented Sara Lippmann, is one I’d purchased directly through her publisher Dock Street Press (www.dockstreetpress.com) the day it became available! I loved it beyond measure. 22026705 And so, I decided to host my own book give-away, announced on December 21st through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Tumblr and more sites. All anyone had to do is either “like,” or share, or leave a comment in any spot. I collected the names, threw all eighty-eight of them into a hat, and a friend pulled the winner’s name out: ANDREW STANCEK of Ontario, Canada!!! Congratulations, Andrew! As it turns out, this is actually an INTERNATIONAL contest winner! And this was so much fun, I’ve decided to launch a 2015 monthly BOOK RAFFLE, sponsored by me! Easy to enter, fun to win! This of course in addition to the current fun we’re having with Two for Tuesdays and HUMP Day literary websites that I like to re-blog on occasion. I’m working on the last stretch of my new book, forthcoming in 2015, and will be turning it over to the publisher very soon. Wish me luck! What are you up to? Any plans for 2015? Travel? Marriage? New career? Please do tell us all.  ]]>

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!]]>

A Pushcart Prize nomination: Six Glimpses of the Uncouth at 1/25

1/25 announced his nominations for the Pushcart Prize yesterday…for those who are uncertain of what the Pushcart Prize means, here is a little more information about it: Welcome to The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses And here is Craig’s announcement via Tumblr: 1/25 I’m deeply indebted to editors like Craig, who see the value in my more experimental, and abstract writing. This piece, “Six Glimpses of the Uncouth,” might not have come together as it did without the writing and editing suggestions of Michael Maxwell, and Meg Tuite. To both of you for your input and support, and Craig- I honor you!        ]]>

Essay: Searching for the Solid

The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review » ESSAYS | Searching for the Solid I feel as this is an ongoing motif in my writing, a search, in some sense, toward or away from, something. After all, language is always a traveling between the obvious and the obtuse. And the point of a poem, or an essay, for that matter, is to pose questions, not answer them. I hope you enjoy! Also, if it is of interest to you, “Ten Notes to the Guy Studying Jujitsu” will be among the thirty pieces of mine collected in my forthcoming chapbook from Deadly Chaps, Diptychs, Triptychs, Lipsticks and Dipshits. Information will soon be available about how to purchase this. Thanks to editor Rae Bryant for the idea of this “essays” series, and to Vipra Ghimire, Assistant Non-Fiction Editor, for her great editorial guidance.  ]]>