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I took the above photo about thirty minutes ago. I like when melted snow reveals things that have been hidden for weeks, months.

I have a few brief things to cover here. Up first is the obligatory AWP events schedule run-through:

Thursday, 2/27 at 10:30
Willow Room, Sheraton, Seattle

How Many Readers is Enough? (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Using this provocative question as a starting point, panelists at various stages in their writing lives will examine the idea of the writer’s career. In a world that tends to value completed, marketable products—the success of which is measured in terms of sales figures, Amazon rankings, and the awarding of prestigious prizes, etc.—how do we view our own ongoing creative work? How do we maintain our affiliation to the less tangible incentives for writing, such as connecting with readers?


Friday, 2/28 at 3:00
AWP Bookfair

Marie-Helene Bertino & I will be signing copies of our books. Come by and say hi.


Saturday, 3/1 at 10:30
Room 304, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3

The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story: A Reading from Prize-Winning Story Collections. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Join the winners of three prestigious short story awards, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, as they read selections from their debut collections and discuss publishing via the contest circuit rather than through traditional publishing channels.

Jane's making the trip to Seattle, too, and we also have plans to visit the Seattle Art Museum, and Bainbridge Island, among other places. If you have any suggestions about things we should check, holla at me.

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Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public Radio Program has posted Episode 7.2 over at their website. Here's the description of the program:

Finding Place in the Placelessness: Chad Simpson and Monica Berlin talk with assistant editor John McCarthy about the under-appreciated, rich culture and beauty that is thriving in the Midwest in part one of this two part special celebrating what it means to be Midwest. This show was done in collaboration with Museum of Americana as part of their Midwest-themed issue.

It was a lot of fun driving down to Springfield with Monica and hanging out with Jim & John, who are both pretty awesome. And a bonus: For some reason, I don't hate the sound of my voice in this. Maybe I'm just getting more used to it.

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And speaking of that Midwest-themed issue of Museum of Americana: It's live and it features work by all kinds of people I've known and admired over the years, including Monica Berlin, Curtis Crisler, and Steve Trebellas. While you're over there, be sure to check out the art & photography section, too, which features great work from Daniel Farnum, Andy Mattern, and Susan Moore.

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Lastly: Issue 2 of Winter Tangerine Review is out and contains my story "Resources." I'm still waiting on my issue to arrive, but it looks like it's going to be a good one. Plus, the editors have kindly nominated "Resources" for a Pushcart Prize.

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I think that's everything. If it's not, I promise, you'll never know what you might have missed.

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