We held our first of two Bending Genres Retreats at Cedar Valley in West Bend, Wisconsin on July 18- 24. Meg Tuite and I were joined by Dr. Bob, Kellie, Joe, Michael, John, Bill, Jennifer, Martha and Al. We had so many moments of inspiration, including flash floods, and thunderstorms, incredible writing, a new coffee machine, and much more. Thanks to everyone at CV and all of our writers for making the week so memorable.
Recently, I was in conversation with two different Michaels’ on their extremely fun podcasts, mostly chats regarding my new book, ASKEW, writing, side jobs, and all random things in life. First, I spoke with Michael Hitchens, on his “But I Digress” podcast:
Then I spoke with Michael Wheaton, who’s podcast is The Lives of Writers:
Here is what some writing stars are saying about ASKEW:
My new book, Askew, has published today, March 8, 2022! It’s been five long years since FUNHOUSE (2017) appeared and so much has happened in that time, both personally, and professionally. Without getting sidetracked, here is the cover:
Artist is David Carter and layout/ design is Adam VanWinkle. Thanks for this terrific image and design!
Thanks for the terrific blurbs: Kelli, Nick, Sara, Alina and Sheldon.
We recently launched our July/ August issue of Bending Genres Journal: issue 10! It is our most full issue since we began publishing BG in January, 2018. We have 18 flash pieces, 10 poets (some with more than one poem included) and 6 CNF pieces. A total of 36 all together. And we also reached another high: we had 1,788 hits (reads) on Tuesday, the day we published, and another 1,100 hits yesterday. This is incredible, and I’m so grateful to every person who read, shared, or posted about our new issue. Also, so happy to have the best editorial and IT team assembled: Meg Tuite, David O’ Connor, Jonathan Cardew, Jessica Mehta, Samuel Fox, Davon Loeb, Corey Holzman, Adam Robinson, and KJ. To read our latest issue: https://www.bendinggenres.com.
Our next Bending Genres weekend workshop is August 23-25 with Nancy Stohlman. She is leading a workshop in Absurdity, and says “let’s get weird!” Only five more spots left, don’t wait to register for this stimulating and terrific course! https://bendinggenres.com/monthly-workshops/.
Also, Meg Tuite and I have scored a new location for our very first MIDWEST RETREAT in 2020! This is very exciting! So, in addition to returning to Synergia Ranch on May 10-16, we’ll also be at Cedar Valley in West Bend, Wisconsin on August 16- 22. We will have the Wisconsin webpage up and working very soon! http://retreat.bendinggenres.com. Also, will share some photos from Synergia and Cedar Valley in my next post.
A dear friend of mine is finally free today. Congratulations! It’s been quite a year. Janis Joplin said, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” Are you free? Truly? Do we ever really know?
We have some more exciting workshops to check out in our Bending Genres monthly weekend workshops, including Nancy Stohlman on August 23- 25; Robert Russell on September 20-22, and Steven Dunn on October 18-20. More information is available here:
And on July 21-27, we will be back at Mabel Dodge Luhan House for our second Bending Genres retreat. There is more information about that here: http://retreat.bendinggenres.com. We’ve added our very first MIDWEST RETREAT for August 16- 22, 2020. More details are forthcoming! Needless to say, we are so excited.
And we will have our July/ August issue of Bending Genres available at the beginning of August. Some terrific writers are submitting, and we are still taking more fiction, poetry and CNF. Send us your best! www.bendinggenres.com
I hope your summer is rocking your world. Wasn’t it so great to see our Women’s Soccer USA team win the World Cup? Terrific for young girls and boys everywhere. For everyone, really. ]]>
What a year it has been. To say the least.
In November, I stepped into the role of Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK. Prior to that, for the entire year I was the Fiction Editor. Our magazine has had an outstanding year, including the new, December issue we published two days ago: http://boinkzine.com.
Just a quick recap will help you to understand how busy our editorial staff has been:
Published ten solid issues of fiction, poetry, CNF, art, and VOICES
Our first Flash Fiction Contest with guest judge Kathy Fish; vetters Len Kuntz, Dianca Potts, and Nicholas Cook (winner was Quinn Madison)
Held three other postcard contests, (winners were Kara Vernor, Meghan Phillips, and Becky Robison)
Three readings at different venues in Milwaukee (with hosts Dora Diamond, Jonathan Cardew). Many of our magazine contributors read at these events.
Opened our new offices in Walkers Point, added our exceptional intern, Corey Holzman. Thanks, Ricco!
And to our amazing staff, some who remain, some who’ve moved on, I am eternally grateful: Meg Tuite, Chelsea Laine Wells, Jamal Parker, Caitlin Scarano, Samuel Fox, David O’Connor, Jessica Mehta, and Corey Holzman. Your hard work and editorial skills have made it the magazine for so many writers and diverse voices: over 30 different countries, a multitude of cultures represented, outstanding risk-taking writers.
In 2018, we will be launching our all new Bending Genres ONLINE WORKSHOPS!!! Beginning January 19-21, with Meg Tuite teaching Fast Flash Fiction: Close to the Edge. More information is here: http://boinkzine.com/january-fast-flash-fiction/. You can take this workshop from anyplace in the entire world! Don’t wait too long to nab your post, we are already filling up!
Also we are adding to our current magazine staff: Fiction Editors Meg Tuite and David O’Connor; Poetry Editor Samuel Fox and our new Poetry editor Jessica Mehta; all new column curated by Jonathan Cardew called Microviews (might include reviews, interviews and more), and our inimitable intern, who does so much more than any intern, Corey Holzman.
All this, and these are just a tip of the entire journey.
I’m indebted, and so grateful to you all. Thanks for the amazing year.
Robert Vaughan, Editor-in-Chief, Bending Genres]]>
<![CDATA[Last weekend I had the great opportunity to commune with ten other writers in author Kyle Beachy's "Even Shorter Short Story" workshop. I drove down on Friday evening, it took about four and a half hours. I arrived there without much difficulty, but drove through all sorts of weather shenanigans. The workshop took place on Saturday and Sunday. If you've not been to the University of Iowa campus, you are missing something special. We discussed several short short stories by various authors (mainly from a book called 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 Amphibi.us: 2010 July 22 | amphibi.us
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.]]>