Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Now Available -- On the Clock: Contemporary Short Stories of Work

Over the past year, I co-edited with Jeff Vande Zande a fiction anthology about work. On the Clock: Contemporary Short Stories of Work is now finished and available to order from Amazon or, even better, directly from the publisher, Bottom Dog Press. Jeff and all of the writers have been a joy to work with on this project.

On the Clock is 188 pages of fiction about work by Jim Daniels, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Daniel Orozco, Kennebrew Surant, Rick Attig, Lolita Hernandez, Michael Martone, Matthew Salesses, Matt Bell, M. Kaat Toy, Sean Lovelace, Billie Louise Jones, Lita Kurth, Anne Shewring, Dustin M. Hoffman, Tania Hershman, Nick Kocz, Michael Zadoorian, Steve Himmer, Peter Anderson, and Pete Fromm.

From the Introduction:

Our focus is contemporary writers writing about contemporary work. We also sought to assemble a collection that is as varied as the diversity of the global community by seeking work that is traditional and innovative in both form and content. And while we believe that it is important to know where we came from, it is also essential to be aware of our current situation, and it is necessary to look ahead to see where this trajectory may take us. The stories range from the end of the manufacturing era to our current moment of transition from muscle-to-mind economy, and even speculative fiction that looks toward our possible future as a global human culture from which every imaginable technology will be inextricable, for better and for worse. We are thankful to all of the writers who shared their work with us, which we in turn share with our readers. We hope this anthology will provoke, encourage, enlighten, and entertain.

Check out the virtual book release on Facebook.

Order your copy here.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New York Tyrant 8

I will have a collection of about 3,000 words entitled "Dark Math" in the new issue of New York Tyrant. It is part of a larger work in progress, probably a book of some shape and size. Another piece has recently been included in Dzanc's Best of the Web 2010, and another was published as part of the MLP chapbook series. I'm very happy to have my work appear in these publications.

Here's what editor Giancarlo DiTrapano said about New York Tyrant 8 (via HTMLgiant):

New York Tyrant 8 (Vol.3, No.2) is available for preorder. The book went to press today and will be back and ready to ship in two weeks. Not to blow my own horn (and I can do that, you know), but this is a pretty solid issue. Sam Lipsyte, Ken Sparling, Noy Holland, Breece D’J Pancake, an interview with Padgett Powell, Daryl Scroggins, two beautiful pieces by Brandon Hobson, Andy Devine, Ken Baumann, Sean Kilpatrick, Michael Kimball, more drawings (one sampled below) from Atticus Lish, and a shit ton of other great writers. The theme of this issue turned out, unintentionally, to be knives. Lots of knives in these stories. I swear I don’t do this shit on purpose.

A couple issues ago, we made the Tyrant 300 pages long. We are now back to a better length, less than 200 pages. I hate when journals get all bulky and are just too intimidating to even get through half of the stories. We’ll be having a launch party within the next couple of weeks so I’ll keep you updated on that. But until then, please go get your copy of the new Tyrant. Buy a subscription. Okay, here’s a deal. If you buy a 4 issue subscription or the larger 8 issue, we will throw in a copy of Brian Evenson’s novella Baby Leg. And if you buy a copy of the new Tyrant in the next 5 days, we will include a copy of Tyrant Books’ latest release, Firework by Eugene Marten. I’ve never done this discount/sale thing before but it feels good and right. No it doesn’t. It sucks and it hurts.

Thursday, January 14, 2010