Interview at Other People, with Brad Listi.

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.

September 14, 2013, 6:54 p.m.Categories: Any Deadly Thing, China, Interviews, Peru, Translation, Travel

Interview at HTMLGIANT.

Many thanks to Mike Meginnis for his time and terrific questions, and to HTML Giant for the sweet location. In his intro Mike says that you should skip the ending, where the internet connection starts to disintegrate and we can't hear what the other person is saying, but I think it's the VERY BEST PART. Bonus points to all those who catch me saying "e-book" when I mean "e-reader," and pronouncing "rock" weirdly, and being bad at math.

August 16, 2013, 8:35 a.m.Categories: Any Deadly Thing, China, Interviews, Nothing in the World, Pacazo, Peru, Politics

On Zhu Wen.

Dan Wickett kindly gave me space at EWN to talk about the fantastic short story writer (and novelist, and director, etc.) Zhu Wen.

May 31, 2012, 11 a.m.Categories: China, Fiction Collections

A story in The Florida Review.

Very proud to have a story in the latest issue of The Florida Review, alongside work by Laura Kasischke and Stefanie Freele, among lots of others.

February 10, 2012, 11 p.m.Categories: China, Litmags, Short Stories

Interview at Bookslut.

Many thanks to Christopher Vaughan for the good questions, and to Bookslut for the snazzy real estate.

August 1, 2011, 12:34 p.m.Categories: China, Interviews, Pacazo, Peru, Short Stories

Get It Louder!

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!

September 23, 2010, 10:03 a.m.Categories: Art, China, Fiction Collections, Photography, Translation, Travel


I've got a new story (and an interview to boot) up at the excellent Subtropics, rubbing shoulders with great work by Padgett Powell, Kevin Prufer and Chris Bachelder, among many others. Many thanks to Anastasia Kozak for her great questions and to David Leavitt for his deft touch.

June 21, 2010, 9:35 p.m.Categories: China, Litmags, Short Stories

Memoir flashing, or so it seems.

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.

April 28, 2010, 7:35 p.m.Categories: China, Litmags, Nonfiction, Travel

18th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction

I've been submitting stories to this contest on and off for the past decade, and to its sponsor, The Missouri Review, for even longer than that.

No dice.

Until this year.


February 3, 2009, 6:08 p.m.Categories: China, Litmags, Short Stories