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Another Publication Acceptance!

A few years ago, my good friend Jonathan Escoffery, after having read a different piece I’d written, said to me, “You should write a story about two friends working at a hotel in Cuba who want to marry a tourist in order to leave the country.” And so I did. The story, titled “Daredevils,” ended up being about a lot more than that initial premise, but it nonetheless owes its existence to Jonathan’s idea and encouragement.

Many people read this story, and offered feedback on it afterwards, which undoubtedly made it a stronger piece. A few months ago, I read from it during a visit to Brown University. Today, it was accepted for publication by a magazine I really like and admire, Third Coast. I can’t wait to see it in their pages! Huge thanks to everyone who had a hand in improving “Daredevils” along the way. 

New Publication Acceptance!

A few years ago, I read a fake news report that a giraffe had been stolen from Cuba’s National Zoo. I was, of course, somewhat disappointed that the story turned out to be false, but then I thought, “What if?” So I wrote a short story about it, which ended up dealing with friendship, race, American influence on Cuba, and animal cruelty. Today, that story, titled “The Man From the Zoo,” was accepted for publication by The Massachusetts Review. Huge thanks go out to Alina Collazo, Artem Derkatch, Shubha Sunder, and Ralph Rodriguez for their feedback and enthusiasm, which undoubtedly made this story better and encouraged me to send it out!

New Fiction Publication

The latest issue of The Florida Review is out, and it contains the title story of my collection, “A Kind of Solitude.” It is a story about an old Cuban peasant with a troubled past who finds himself trying to decide whether to confess to an accidental crime he has committed, or bury the evidence for good.

This story got me into Boston University’s MFA program and in many ways changed my life.

Big thanks go out to the great people at The Florida Review and to everyone who provided feedback on this pieces years ago. I’m excited to see my work in such wonderful company.


New Story in Southern Humanities Review

Happy to have a short story, titled “The Comforter,” in the latest issue of Southern Humanities Review!

Some great authors and poets also have work in it, including Kirstin Valdez Quade, Natalie Diaz, Jericho Brown, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

I originally workshopped this piece, which is set in Cuba, during my MFA years, and I’m grateful to all the people who offered helpful feedback to make it the story it is today.

Cape Cod Story Collection Class

The date of my one-day class on how to put together and promote a successful story collection is nearing! I’m including the details of how the Cape Cod Writer’s Retreat works, as well as a link to the class itself.

Come spend a weekend at a historic Inn discussing fiction writing and story collections!

“Our 2015-2016 Writing Classes feature a variety of authors from many different writing genres.  You’ll have a chance to meet the author at a wine and cheese reception on Friday night and classes are held Saturdays from
9 am to 5 pm with an hour break for lunch.  Classes are held at the Inn At the Oaks in Eastham, MA and cost just $75/class.

When taking a class, we invite you to stay at the Inn in one of our beautiful writing rooms.  Stay the weekend or stay a week.  All class attendees get a 10% off room rates, and of course you are welcome to share a room with a friend.  When you stay six days or more, you class is free.  Please call the Inn at 508-255-1886 to book your class and room reservation.”

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Prairie Schooner, Summer Issue.

The summer issue of Prairie Schooner is now available! It includes my short story “Marching Men,” from my collection A Kind of Solitude. I’m very happy to be in some great company, in one of my favorite literary magazines.

Huge thanks to the editors for featuring my work. Get yourself a copy!

One Publication, One Acceptance.

I’m happy to share that my short story “Lemonade” is now available online in Superstition Review’s latest issue. I’m in some great company in this issue and would like to offer big thanks to the magazine’s wonderful editors!

I’m also delighted to announce that my short story “Hope” has been accepted for publication by Michigan Quarterly Review, one of my favorite magazines, and definitely one of the most respected literary publications in the country! The story will appear in their summer issue.

Today was a good day.

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