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Conversations an Connections 2015 is in the can

Well, another Conversations & Connections has come and gone. Here’s the scene in the Speed Dating With Editors room . . . Looks all calm and peaceful huh? What you don’t see is the line of writers out the door waiting for their chance to sit down with a random editor for 10 minutes.



My panel, Scene-by-Scene, turned out to be the top choice of attendees, and I know we had at least 70 people in the room. I was joined by three other novelists, Catherine Bell, Lauren Foss Goodman, and the always amazing Jen Michalski. I talked about structure nuts & bolts, Catherine talked about putting your reader in the picture, Lauren talked about organizational strategies/tools, and Jen discussed types and elements of successful scenes. I think it was really useful–at least people told us it was.

I also met up with a woman who attended my flash novella panel from last year’s conference, and she reported that the project she wrote in response to that panel–and that I read and critiqued later in the summer–was accepted for publication in a very well respected anthology series. That made me very happy.

One final highlight I want to share. At last year’s conference, two of my best friends–poet  Danny Collier and fiction writer Tara Laskowski–holed up in the lounge to begin plans to redesign Smokelong Quarterly. The redesign was just launched this month, so here they are at this year’s convo in that same lounge, toasting their success with a drop of black cherry Jim Beam:



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Smokelong Quarterly Anthology Book Launch Party!

To celebrate the recent publication of Smokelong’s The Best of the First 10 Years print anthology, I’ll be one of the readers tomorrow night at the always delightful One More Page Books.


(My SLQ story is not in the Anthology. Le sigh). There will be cake and wine.

When: 6 p.m., Saturday, April 26
Where: One More Page Books, Arlington, VA

The line-up–

Grant Bailie
Jeff Landon
Laura Ellen Scott
Art Taylor
Virgie Townsend
Brandon Wicks

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Smoking With Matt Rowan

Now that Issue #37 of Smokelong Quarterly is live, you can read my interview with writer/editor Matt Rowan. We had a lot of fun talking about the imagery in his story “Bad Traffic,”  his influences, and his online journal, Untoward Magazine. Enjoy!


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“Bad Traffic,” by Matt Rowan & “Women of God,” by Tawnysha Greene

cover image from  Tropenmuseum of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)


I want to draw your attention to two very short stories that popped up on Monday. The first is Mat Rowan’s “Bad Traffic,” which was my Smokelong Weekly pick. When the next Smokelong Quarterly issue appears, the story will be accompanied by my interview with Matt. The second story I want to point you to is Tawnysha Greene’s “Women of God,” appearing in A-Minor. This story comes from her dissertation, and mark my words, the publisher who picks up the full collection will be a lucky little lizard indeed.

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Guest Editing for Smokelong Quarterly: July 9-15

Neato! I’ll be choosing a story for Smokelong Quarterly during the week of July 9. The story will appear as one of the weekly features sometime in the future and then be included in issue 37. Gimme the weird, sweethearts!

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