Big thanks to the wonderful Crystal Simone-Smith at Backbone Press for making my work available!
I received the news today that my nonfiction piece “Becoming a Man,” about a somewhat traumatic yet formative childhood experience I had in Cuba, has been accepted for publication by The Caribbean Writer!
I began working on this particular piece in Lynne Barret‘s wonderful undergraduate nonfiction class at Florida International University. An earlier draft won first place in F.I.U.’s Student Literary Awards, which inspired me to keep working on it. Lynne, as well as many of my classmates, were instrumental in helping me improve the piece, which after several revisions and many years later has now found a home in print. I’m extremely grateful for everyone’s help and encouragement, and I’m honored to now have “Becoming a Man” be part of such a great journal.
I’m very happy to share that my short story “Hope” has been published in the summer issue of Michigan Quarterly Review, one of my favorite journals! Huge thanks to editor Jonathan Freedman and managing editor Vicki Lawrence for accepting the piece and offering some insightful editorial advice.
The 2014 Baltimore Review print anthology has been released! It’s now available for purchase here. The anthology includes my flash fiction piece, “Beets,” which is based on my experiences at a youth labor camp in Cuba.
The Baltimore Review is an outstanding journal showcasing lots of emerging writers. I’m honored to have had my work accepted by them and to see it appear in this latest anthology. Here’s a picture of my beautiful contributor copy!
I’m ecstatic to announce that I am now represented by Michael Sterling of Folio Literary Management in New York City! Michael will be representing me not just for my first two books, but hopefully for many years to come. Both he and his agency seem like the best fit for my current work and my future goals as a writer, so I’m very excited. For the past few years I’ve been trying to lay the foundation for a long-term writing career, and it’s rewarding to be taking this next step.
A big thanks to all the people who have helped me improve my writing and who have supported me along the way. You know who you are.