Black Box Writing Residency Reading March 4th, 2017

I’ve worked with the fiction students who will be reading tomorrow night. Come check them out as well as the visiting writers!
Black Box Speaks: Readings from the Writers Residency, an evening of fiction and poetry on Saturday, March 4th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Texas A&M Memorial Student Center’s Stark Gallery. This event is brought to you by Texas A&M University Writing Center & Department of English.
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Autumnal Updates

  1. Enjoying a productive semester at Texas A&M University teaching creative writing and world folklore/cultures/literature.
  2. Got promoted to Instructional Assistant Professor.
  3. Psychopomp Magazine  included my story, “The Handle,” for their July 2016 issue, which can still be read here:
  4. Busy at work revising novel after the helpful input from the Taos Writers’ Conference, which took place in Santa Fe this last July. John Dufresne taught the Master’s Class focusing on novel revision.
  5. Read with one of my students a couple days ago as part of the BIG LAAH Reading: we both shared excerpts from our novellas.img_5969
  6. That is a picture of a couple of my puppets who attended the reading.
  7. One of my colleagues at Texas A&M (and a Bowling Green State University MFA alumna!), Gabriel Scala will be reading her poetry in the next installment of the BIG LAAH series: catch her on Thursday, November 17th at 4:00 PM in the LAAH building, room 453. And check out her webpage here:

5-20-16 Spring Update: New Stories and Articles

A busy and rewarding semester teaching at Texas A&M University. Some wonderful papers, stories, poems, scripts, theatrical and puppet performances emerged from students.

In addition, I was lucky enough to have some stories and articles see publication within the space of several months.

My story “Echolocation” is available in the Arroyo Literary Review Print Issue 8 Spring 2016:

You’ll find “Shadows of the Past in the Sunshine State”–a folklore fieldwork study of ghost legends and ghost tourism in St. Augustine, FL in Western Folklore . Summer/Fall2015, Vol. 74 Issue 3/4, p309-342. 34p. Available here:

I’ve worked on “The Handle” the last couple of years, and it will be published later this summer and reached Runner Up status in Psychopomp Magazine‘s Short Fiction contest for 2016:

Most recently the online open source journal Humanities published my article, “We All Live in Fabletown: Bill Willingham’s Fables—A Fairy-Tale Epic for the 21st Century” for the special issue Fairy Tale and its Uses in Contemporary New Media and Popular Culture–Academic Editor: Claudia Schwabe

Interview with Midwestern Gothic & Finalist Status for Mark Twain Contest

1.  This interview relates partly to the publication a couple months ago, “What the Storm Brought.”

2.  Another story that Midwestern Gothic published of mine, “Fridge Monitor” was recently a Finalist (top 15) for the Mark Twain Royal Nonesuch humor contest. Wish there were more such contests–that episode btw of HuckleBerry Finn with the Duke & the Dauphin was indeed quite a riot.

“Slender and Gray” short story published by Riding Light Review

To resonate with Halloween and other traditional festivals of the dark time of year, as well as the gloom of this season–single digits and Fall snow have already started to mount up in the upper Midwest, heck, the temperatures dropped below freezing at night even down here in Bryan, TX–people have often told “winter tales.” Here’s  one such winter tale that also engages not only the Upper Peninsula of MI but dallies with the Slender Man meme, which you can easily find information about if you haven’t yet encountered the Slender Sickness.
Print version here of Riding Light Review’s  Halloween Issue:
Website for The Riding Light Review’s Special Halloween Issue: