Martin at The Literary Review.

It's always great to see an old story get new life. Many thanks to Tim Waldron and The Literary Review for bringing "Martin" back into the world, and to everyone at Quarterly West for getting it there in the first place.

December 3, 2015, 5:32 p.m.Categories: Litmags, Short Stories

Review at jmww.

Many thanks to Michael B. Tager and the editors at Jmww Journal for their go at Any Deadly Thing: "(E)very one of the characters is someone the reader can latch on to. Their choices are terrible, but they make sense. It's not something you would do (you hope), but it's something you can't look away from, like the tastiest, pathos-iest train wreck you've ever seen.”

April 17, 2013, 2:25 p.m.Categories: Any Deadly Thing, Fiction Collections, Litmags, Review

New story at The Literarian.

So back a hundred years ago Tom Williams asked me a question about the future of fiction for a thing he was doing at American Book Review, and in my answer there was this preposterous little etymo-pun, or something. So then a hundred years later I took that whatever-it-was thing and gave it to a character who took it literally and the result just showed up (in the good company of Ha Jin and Heidi Julavits and John Wray and a bunch of other cool people) in a great magazine called The Literarian, published by the Center for Fiction and edited by Dawn Raffel.

March 26, 2012, 9:39 a.m.Categories: Litmags, Short Stories

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

Review at Kenyon Review.

Kind words for Pacazo at The Kenyon Review--many thanks to Christian TeBordo.

December 1, 2011, 12:27 a.m.Categories: Litmags, Pacazo, Peru

Cool questions from Ravi Mangla at the excellent Recommended Reading.

February 7, 2011, 10:35 a.m.Categories: Fiction Collections, History, Interviews, Litmags, Nonfiction, Novels, Pacazo, Peru, Poetry, Short Stories, Translation, Travel

"Double Fish" doubles up, almost.

Good news from the back pages! Along with stories by my friends Matt Bell and Jim Tomlinson, among many, many other bits of work by many other fine writers, "Double Fish," a story of mine that got tapped for the 2009 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize run by The Missouri Review way back in the day, got a Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses (2011). Many thanks to the Pushcart people, to Speer Morgan and Evelyn Somers and Kris Somerville and the rest of the team at TMR, and to Cliff Garstang, who was kind enough to let me know about the good news in the first place.

November 10, 2010, 8:27 a.m.Categories: Fiction Collections, Litmags, Short Stories


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

And two more.

Poems, yes, in the many-platformed Vitruvius, with, among others written by, among others, a favorite poet of mine, Jules Gibbs.

April 16, 2010, 12:29 p.m.Categories: Litmags, Poetry