Author Archives: Peter

Indiana Review, Blogging, & Story Collection

Over at The Indiana Review, I interviewed the incredible Elizabeth Eslami. Liz is just a marvel, and her responses are engaging and illuminating. What a treat to have her spend some time answering questions about her process, her forthcoming novel, and, of course, how she believes in magic. At Ploughshares, I wrote about Melville House‘s decision to reprint the Senate Torture Report as a book and the Man Booker Prize’s recent rule changes. I had some very close calls with … Continue reading

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Ploughshares, NPR, & Other News!

I’m thrilled to announce I’m now a regular blogger for Ploughshares. Huge thanks to superhuman Ellen Duffer for the honor. My first post was about recently established or soon forthcoming literary journals doing genuinely new and exciting work. Here’s the link to it. And then NPR recommended it, and that was amazing. What an honor–thanks, Colin Dwyer! Things have been tough. But there’s so much for me to be grateful for (see the risibly incomplete list below). Looking forward to … Continue reading

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2014 End-of-Year List & Thanks

I’m doing it again, but this time I’m doing it differently. Last year I compiled stories I read and loved, pieces that had found me, that seemed to understand me, into a list. And then I started to do that again, for this year, and got overwhelmed. So instead, I’m posting a list of literary folks and experiences I am grateful for–and though that’s by no means a shorter list (and certainly incomplete), it’s important to me all the same … Continue reading

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Ninth Letter & Other News

Matt Minicucci over at Ninth Letter recently accepted my story, “Puncture,” for a forthcoming issue. What an honor! Many thanks to Matt and the whole crew over at the journal, based at what I’m told is an Indiana U. rival school, U. of Illinois. In any case, it’s really one of the most beautiful literary magazines I’ve ever seen, so I’m grateful my piece has found a home there. I’m writing a lot and revising a lot. I just started … Continue reading

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Story Things, Bodega, Slice Conference, & Other News!

I was going to start this blog post by writing that my mother once said “The truth will set you free.” But this isn’t true. My mother said this many times, and recently I’ve been considering the adage more closely, and I have realized it is not true. The truth cannot set you free. The truth can keep you free, but when you’ve lied, your only options are: (1) to reveal, and in doing so to explode the awful bomb … Continue reading

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The Journal, Day One, SmokeLong Guest-Editing

I’m so, so excited that my story, “I Know You Know Who I Am,” will appear in The Journal! Many thanks to Brett and Preston for their time with the piece, and to the rest of the crew over at The Journal; they put out such beautiful issues filled with smart and big-hearted work. That this is likely the title story in my first collection (which is still in-progress!) only adds to my excitement. What an honor! My story, “River … Continue reading

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Pieces Online at Tin House & McSweeney’s!

So. Yesterday was my birthday. I didn’t eat cake, but I did read some of my favorite stories and do some writing. I worked on my humor book. Progress is being made. I aim to have a full draft by the end of the summer. My short story template is up at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. And my brief story, “The Vanishing,” is up as a part of Tin House‘s flash series. What an honor. Many thanks to Chris, Masie, and … Continue reading

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“Master’s Thesis” in Columbia Journal

I’m honored to have my story, “Master’s Thesis,” appear in Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art. Thanks to EB Bartels and the Columbia crew. One of the characters, Luke, keeps showing up in my stories. He’s an enthusiastic, failed photographer. I’m not sure the reason for the reappearances. I barely know anything about photography.

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Good News!

The past few weeks have brought some great news. A ten-dollar bill on the ground. A few kind, encouraging personal rejections from my favorite journals. Congratulations from one of my all-time favorite writers. Flourless chocolate cake. You get the point. Another great thing: Tin House recently accepted my brief piece, “The Vanishing,” which is set to appear online in April. I credit my father with giving me the idea for the story. He’s a surgeon, and once, he heard from … Continue reading

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South Dakota Review, Pushcart Nominations, and Story Submission

I received my contributor’s copies of South Dakota Review‘s fiftieth anniversary issue! It’s stunning. Thanks to Lee Ann Roripaugh, R.B. Moreno, Sara Henning, and the rest of the great SDR crew for including my short story, “Slow Exposure,” in its pages. And let’s freak out about this cover for a second, OK? Yeah. It’s gorgeous. I’m honored to have two stories nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Thanks to the good folks at NANO Fiction and Wichita State’s Mikrokosmos Literary Journal … Continue reading

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