Travels and Daydreams

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The Winner: New story in Okey-Panky!

My story “The Winner” was just published in Okey-Panky!


and Electric Literature!

electric literature

Read the rest here!

Stolen Stationery: a new story in The Rumpus


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.”

Read the rest of the story in The Rumpus Readers Report: Summer Fever, edited by Susan Clements (and accompanied by the lovely illustrations of Christina Weidman.)

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:

Future Past Postcard

The Midnight Sun

Story in The Letters Page:

Layover Jetlag Lei Plane Ghost Love


New story: Layover Jetlag Lei Plane Ghost Love

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!

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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!

News! Links! Etc.!

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!

For more Book Ex Machina news check the tumblr  and the blog; to find out about upcoming events, the events page and the Facebook.

And now because that was a lot of information, here’s a picture of a Totoro I made using this pattern.




Matchbook Stories 2 launch in Oxford: the polaroids

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.

Thanks to all who came to celebrate with us. We’re taking this issue far and wide, and then on to Issue 3!

Here are some of the polaroids.








Writers in Polaroids: Paul Murray

Time for another installment of Writers in Polaroids!

This is the amazing Paul Murray, of Skippy Dies fame, photographed on the Atlantis Books terrace.

Paul Murray

(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.)

New story in The Rumpus!


I have a new story published in The Rumpus Readers Report. I call it Future Past Postcard.




Interview in The Cyprus Weekly (full interview on the Book Ex Machina blog)

Short story collection finished!

Short story collection finished. Here it is, the whole manuscript.
Celebration = Reflection at the sea

My Copy. A new story published in Litro.

I have a new story published in Litro magazine.

my copy

Read it here!


Writers in Polaroids: Etgar Keret

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.

If you haven’t yet, go read his stories. They’re awesome. (Halibut is one of my favorite short stories of all time.)



Story: The Google Truck Diaries

* 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.

Go read!


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