Many thanks to Damyanti Biswas at Daily (W)rite for a great set of things to think on.
Great big thanks to Max Marin of The Philadelphia Review of Books for the most thorough and thoughtful review of Any Deadly Thing to date:
“'Any Deadly Thing' is a formidable intro that shows us what the author can do, and does, throughout the collection, rolling out the carpet, distracting us with the figure, and then releasing ghosts from the floorboards beneath."
In addition to being a class act and a great writer, Brad Listi is a total natural as an interviewer. It's a hard thing to be good at, but he's nailed it over and over at his Other People podcast, with guests ranging from Cheryl Strayed and Susan Orlean to Cal Morgan and Roxane Gay to Molly Ringwald and... Yeah, I don't know who to put up there with Molly Ringwald. Point being: huge thanks to Brad for inviting me on the show.
A new interview, with great questions from Ariana Lenarsky at The Collagist.
I went to The Rumpus, and the Rumpusers asked me very good and very hard questions, and I typed as fast as I could.
Which is slow.
But they forgave me.
Cool questions from Ravi Mangla at the excellent Recommended Reading.
I'll be in Beijing for the next ten days to participate in the immensity that is Get It Louder! All participants are legally required to end all statements with exclamation points for the duration of the conference! More information here and here!
My hat goes high and then higher to the new U.S. Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin: extraordinary poet, superb translator, and author of one of my favorite offbeat nonfiction gems, The Mays of Ventadorn.
A full glass lifted to Ron Mitchell and the rest of the staff at Southern Indiana Review for fitting two chunks of flash memoir into their Spring 2010 issue. “Houhai Lake in Winter” and “The Overnight Train from Xian Pulls Into Beijing” have superb company - Liam Rector and James Valvis, Randall Brown and Joe Meno, Laura Madeline Wiseman and Adam Johnson, bright lights all.
Huge gaping thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, which recently granted me one of their forty-odd 2010 Literature Fellowships in Creative Writing (Prose). It's pretty amazing company to be in--Barry Gifford and Adam Johnson and ZZ Packer also won this year, along with my friend and fellow Dzancer Mike Czyzniejewski. The book I pitched in my application will require more in the way of travel expenses than I could ever have afforded on my own, so again, thank you, NEA!