The Mask Boys

New short fiction, "The Mask Boys," is published at the brilliantly, gorgeously spooky New Dead Families today. The entire time I wrote this story, it was entitled "18611," but when I talked about it with my editor and my writing buddy, we'd all just refer to it as "the mask boys story" or something like … Continue reading The Mask Boys

Playing Baseball Mediocrely But Playing Baseball With Pure Joy

Delighted to have some non-fiction up at Hobart, my true love lit mag, for their month-long Baseball issue. Mine is called "Playing Baseball Mediocrely But Playing Baseball With Pure Joy." It's about Little League, motherhood, and those awful moments that flip you upside down. It was kind of hard to write and kind of hard … Continue reading Playing Baseball Mediocrely But Playing Baseball With Pure Joy

Album Reviews of 1994

Published 2/13/17. I wrote this forever ago but it never felt quite finished. It felt too novelty. And then Bryan Woods of New York Tyrant/Tyrant Books contacted me and asked me to send him something weird for them to publish. I re-read it, each segment of this sad, teen angst story divided by the artist … Continue reading Album Reviews of 1994

Two M83 Songs With Screaming In Them

Published 2/1/17. Pub #3 of 2017 is a non-fiction story in the brand new print Barrelhouse Issue 16. It's called "Two M83 Songs With Screaming In Them," and I wrote it about (yes) two M83 songs with screaming in them. It's a lot about music (M83 yes, but the impetus for this piece was probably … Continue reading Two M83 Songs With Screaming In Them

Churches We’ve Broken Into

Published 1/18/17. This one is really, really special to me for three main reasons. I finally got a story in Paper Darts. !!! This is basically a spin-off of my forthcoming novel, where breaking into churches is a bit of a motif, and I often have such a stifling disconnect between my novel and my … Continue reading Churches We’ve Broken Into

Six Mothers

Published 1/16/17. My first publication of 2017 was this quietly absurd piece of flash fiction, "Six Mothers," published at Matchbook. They also sent me a little envelope of cash and a very sweet typewriter note in the mail, so F yeah Matchbook. Matchbook asks its writers what inspires each story, so I told them (a) failing … Continue reading Six Mothers