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OUT Magazine, Indiana Review, Electric Literature, & Columbia University Publishing: Big Changes!

I’m glad to have my essay, “How My Severe Acne Helped Me Love My Queerness,” appear in OUT Magazine. Big thanks to Jesse Steinbach, who is an incisive editor. My struggle with cystic nodule acne is something I’ve wanted to write about for a while. Leaving the Indiana Review offices for the last time was difficult. I’m excited to see the first Blue Light Book prize winner Andrea Lewis‘s WHAT MY LAST MAN DID (a smart, curmudgeonly, deeply empathic linked … Continue reading

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News, My Gay Voice, & Finishing Up at Indiana Review

My essay “Hey, I’m Peter: On Living with a Gay Voice” is now up at Salon. Many thanks to the brilliant Kim Brooks for helping me achieve the essay’s final structure. I’m so proud of the support for this discussion, and grateful to Towleroad and the documentary “Do I Sound Gay?” for recommending the piece, as well as the many folks who read, commented, emailed, and shared. I’m very interested in “passing privilege,” and how this privilege can manifest in … Continue reading

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Indiana University Profile, Publication, & Ploughshares News

I’m honored to have stories in the coming issues of South Dakota Review and The Carolina Quarterly. Big thanks to the editors at these journals (especially Lee Ann Roripaugh and Rae Yan) for believing in these stories. Fingers crossed for more good news soon–very kind and encouraging rejections from American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review, and West Branch have me feeling hopeful! I was profiled by Indiana University for their Arts at IU feature, which was very cool. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Indiana Review, Sara Novic Interview, Ploughshares News

I’m now the Editor-in-Chief of The Indiana Review! We’re up to some very exciting stuff. More on that soon. Our new issue is out. IR 37.1 is stunning and full of big-hearted work by such favorite talents as Vincent Scarpa, Halimah Marcus, Corey Van Landingham, Sarah Crossland, Janelle DolRayne, sam sax, Richard Siken, and a cast of great others. Get yours here. I have an interview with the brilliant Sara Novic in which we talk about her truly stunning debut … Continue reading

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AWP, Indiana Review, Ploughshares, & Day One!

In just a few hours I’ll be headed to AWP Minneapolis, where I’ll be tabling for The Indiana Review (table 332!), buying more literary journals than I responsibly should, seeing many writer friends and colleagues, and attending some cool events. Looking forward to my annual affliction, AWP totebag handburn. I’m excited to have my story, “Puncture,” appear in Ninth Letter! You can read it here. And no, it’s not at all based on something that happened to me last April; … Continue reading

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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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News on News on News

I learned several days ago I’ll be writing for one of my all-time favorite literary magazines. I’m keeping the details on the DL for the time being, but: excited, honored, and looking forward. McSweeney’s Internet Tendency ran my piece, “Grammar Gossip,” and Urban Outfitters recommended it. Thanks to Chris Monks for giving it a home! The Indiana Review has a fancy new website, and our fiction prize is open to submissions until October 31. Here’s an interview with our prize … Continue reading

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