Tomorrow afternoon I'm traveling to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with my colleague Robin Metz. At 3:00 in the University Bookstore, we'll be talking to some students about the writing life and the role literary journals have played in our writing careers. At 7:00 in the same venue, we'll be giving a reading. Full details here.
Robin was the first professor I met at Knox, when he interviewed me almost eight years ago about adjuncting there. He's been an amazing and brilliant colleague ever since, and I'm excited to get to share the stage with him. It feels a little unbelievable, actually.
A blurb-sized, three-sentence review of TELL EVERYONE I SAID HI showed up this past week at the Tate Street High Society & Co. I'm pretty fond of it.
There are three days and a few hours left to enter the Goodreads giveaway of TELL EVERYONE I SAID HI. We're giving away five copies, and it's really easy to enter, I swear.
Matt Dube has posted some photos on Facebook of the reading poet Anne-Marie Thompson and I gave at William Woods University back in December. I'd almost forgotten how beautiful that gallery we read in was.
I'm putting this next bit up here for me as much as anybody, as I'm planning to share the links with my Beginning Fiction Writing students on Tuesday: My old pal Matt Debenham, author of The Book of Right and Wrong, winner of the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction, recently posted a couple of excellent writing-related essays on his blog: Six Things Prose Writers Can Learn from Television & What Writers Can Learn from Comedians. If you're interested in writing, they're worth your time.