Author Archives: Peter

Story Acceptance, SmokeLong Guest Editing

I’m honored to have had my story, “Aim for the Heart,” accepted for publication with the brilliant Slice Magazine. The piece is about a pathological liar who lies about being an avid hunter, is coaxed into hunting with his boyfriend, gets a clear shot at a buck and kills it. This news means a lot: I love Slice; this is a longer story; my grandfather loved deer and I’ve been trying to write an impelling story with deer in it … Continue reading

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New McSweeney’s Piece, New City, and Just a Lot of New Things

My field guide to uncommon punctuation, an addendum to my piece, “A Field Guide to Common Punctuation,” is up at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Thanks to McSweeney’s for the honor and to The New York Daily News for featuring the piece and to The Paris Review for recommending it. I’m basically an authority on punctuation, guys. And I’m writing humor regularly now, too, which is, like, fun. In other news, I’ve moved to Bloomington, IN, which–I’m pretty sure–has a gay population that exceeds … Continue reading

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New McSweeney’s IT Piece & Some Other News

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency recently ran my piece, “Emerging Writers Emerge from Their Cocoons” and they’ve accepted another, “Monologue: Your First Short Story Speaks” (which will run sometime next week). Feeling lucky. Thanks to Chris Monks and the great folks at McSweeney’s. They’ve decided they love me, and I’ve decided to love them back. We’re in a committed relationship. It’s kind of a thing. The great Lee Ann Roripaugh recently accepted my short story, “Slow Exposure,” for publication in South Dakota … Continue reading

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MFA News and Other Things

I’m very excited to be headed to Indiana University this fall to start work toward my MFA in fiction writing. I once heard Bloomington is the Oz of Indiana. So expectations are admittedly high. The decision was a difficult one; saying no to Columbia and Notre Dame was especially hard. I was fortunate to have great options. McSweeney’s Internet Tendency recently ran one of my pieces; thanks to Chris Monks for the honor. The site is updated daily with new … Continue reading

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SmokeLong Anthology & Other News

I have a story in the new issue of SmokeLong Quarterly. So honored to have the piece selected for inclusion in SmokeLong‘s 10th anniversary anthology alongside stories by Steve Almond, Matt Bell, Dan Chaon, Stuart Dybek, Kathy Fish (writers who have produced some of my favorite work), and others. Talk about exciting. I’m also looking forward to guest editing for SmokeLong in early July. In other news, Slice Magazine‘s new issue looks downright gorgeous. This really shouldn’t come as a … Continue reading

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The Inimitable Walbert

Here’s some required reading. It’s a story I return to regularly. An astonishing portrait of a character examined in the act of becoming alone, “M & M World” is one of those stories that must be experienced. Brace for impact. It’s a marvel.

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