I had a dream about you again.
You were writing WISH YOU WERE HERE with giant letters on the roofs of buildings and I was flying over them thinking about you. Then they became alphabet blocks in the window of a store as I walked by. They spelled “Come Home.”
This is my third story in The Rumpus! And my second letter story published this summer! (A third one is coming up soon.)
Previous The Rumpus stories:
Story in The Letters Page:
I have a story in the new issue of The Letters Page.
A story I hand-wrote and sent in a letter that was then deciphered and typed by someone at The Letters Page offices (most likely a handwriting expert.)
Download the issue to print out and read (PDF) And then put in an envelope and send to a friend. Everyone loves getting mail!
I’ve been away from the blog for a while, mostly working on Matchbook Stories Issue 3 (now on pre-order, coming out July 22nd!), reading submissions for Issue 4, and planning new Book Ex Machina things. Also: writing! I got two stories accepted for publication in two of my favorite literary places: Electric Literature (their newest coolest magazine Okey-Panky) and The Letters Page.
Here’s to the next half of the year!
So many good Matchbook Stories things happened lately! With Issue 2 out we started work on what promises to be an amazing Issue 3; also on some other great Book Ex Machina projects. To top that, one of my stories got nominated for The Best Small Fictions of 2015. What a great way to start the new year!
And now because that was a lot of information, here’s a picture of a Totoro I made using this pattern.
We officially launched Matchbook Stories Issue 2 in Oxford earlier this month at the wonderful Blackwell’s Bookshop with our writers Erik Boman, Pat Cash, and Marc Cinanni, followed by a second event at our beloved Albion Beatnik Bookstore with musical guests The Oh So Many.
Here are some of the polaroids.
Time for another installment of Writers in Polaroids!
(The mysterious thing behind him on the right is a huppah.)
(picture taken during the 3rd Caldera Arts & Literature Festival.)
(More pictures from the festival can be found here.)
Short story collection finished. Here it is, the whole manuscript.
Celebration = Reflection at the sea
I can’t believe I hadn’t posted my Etgar Keret Polaroid here. (Or that I haven’t yet finished reading Suddenly, a Knock on the Door.) After all, Etgar Keret is one of my favorite writers. And his appearance in Nicosia last October was a literary miracle. (When was the last time a big author had a reading in Cyprus? A writer whose work was adapted into a movie with Tom Waits?)
Here he is, kindly posing with his son, in my blurry attempt to photograph him. I should have taken a tripod along with the books I took for him to sign. [Not pictured: his talented wife Shira Geffen. That picture came out even more blurry. The photographer accepts all the blame :/]
An Impossible photograph for a highly improbable meeting.
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* Welcome to The Big Jewel, where Google Earth is the only Earth and the Google Truck is the only truck. And who among us is fit to speak for the truck? Only Ioanna Mavrou, a citizen of the world who, according to Google Earth, lives in Cyprus.
The Big Jewel just published my story The Google Truck Diaries. Thanks guys.
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