Memoiristic essay up at Fiction Southeast

I’m grateful to editor Chris Tusa at Fiction Southeast for running a flash story last year and for the opportunity to respond to the mother of all writing prompts.


New flash and ‘story behind the story’ up at Fiction Southeast

Pleased to have this story up at Fiction Southeast. Grateful to all who read it in progress — especially the editor, Chris Tusa, who sent me back downstairs to bring up more. “The Story Behind the Story” is here.

Spring 2016 Magazine Writing: the student evals

My Spring 2016 class in magazine writing at Albion College was one of my favorites in roughly 14 years of teaching. And that’s reflected in my evaluations, which I’m pleased to share here: S16 ENGL 306 – Magazine Writing – Evals.

Poem forthcoming in Prick of the Spindle

Very pleased to have a poem accepted for publication in an upcoming print issue of Prick of the Spindle. Many thanks to the editors for their support.

Personal essay in latest issue of Post Road

My first job out of college, I worked at a small advertising/PR agency in Madison, Wisconsin, and I remember early on handing a piece of copy to the proprietor, Russ, with a note at the bottom saying I was proud of it. Russ, who was from rural Reedsburg, Wisconsin, wrote back, “Pride grows on the human heart like lard on a pig.”

In an ever-lasting way, Russ confounded my propensity as a native New Yorker to boast; since whatever I was back then, 21 or 22, I’ve been conflicted about even thinking of myself as proud of something I produced.

So I’ll say this about the personal essay I have in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Post Road Magazine: I’m pleased with how it finally reads and unabashedly proud to have work in an issue that includes Julia Strayer’s short story “The Goldfish” and Rhiannon Catherwood’s personal essay “Rear View” and Marianne Leone’s personal essay-review of the Mario Puzo novel The Fortunate Pilgrim.

I’m also grateful to the people who helped me with sections or whole drafts, going back to workshops at WMU, when I wrote down the bones as fiction. 

And deep thanks to Pete Hausler for accepting the piece and to the other folks at Post Road who treated it so well.

Renewed three-year appointment at Albion College

I’m very pleased to have accepted a renewed three-year appointment in the English Department at Albion College. I’m especially appreciative of a good handful of former students who already are applying their classroom and newsroom experiences to even more challenging roles in graduate school and professions such as education and journalism. Certainly I’m working with at least several more who’ll be launching meaningful careers in the near future.

Story in Spring 2014 Confrontation Magazine

“Little Guy” appears in Confrontation 115. I’m pleased to have a story in an issue that also includes fiction by Kent Nelson, Justine Aimee McNulty, Debbie Urbanski, Leanne Rose Sowul, Hadley Moore, Sonia Christensen, Harley Carnell, Buzz Mauro, and Dennis Kennedy.