I’m thrilled to announce that the anthology Voices on the Move, to which I contributed a personal essay last year, has just won first prize in nonfiction in the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation annual writing contest! Congrats to editors Roxana Cazan and Domnica Radulescu, and to all the other contributors!
My prose poem “After the Date,” which appeared in print issue 25 of New Ohio Review, has been republished online. Thanks to the lovely NOR editors! Always such a pleasure to connect with them!
Writing friends, I’m excited to serve as one of the judges for New Ohio Review’s NORward Prize in poetry! The prize is $1,000 and publication in New Ohio Review 29. Deadline to submit is Nov. 15. Hope I get to see some of your gorgeous writing!
My flash fiction piece, “On the Dalmatian Coast,” appears in the anthology Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction From a Small Planet (Vol. 3) from Press 53. A few of the other authors and I will be having a virtual reading on October 21, moderated by Editor Cliff Garstang. Details are available on Facebook—be sure to check it out!
My personal essay, “Geography of Peaks and Dips and Lights,” which appeared online earlier this year in The Rumpus, will be reprinted in the upcoming anthology Voices on the Move: An Anthology by and about Refugees, available for preorder now from Solis Press. This multi-genre anthology explores the nuances of displacement. About the book, novelist Samrat Upadhyay writes:
“Voices on the Move is a moving, must-read artistic exploration of migration and the trauma of displacement. Through diverse modes of expression—poetry, fiction, photography, play—the voices in this collection present the multitudinous ways with which we experience uprooting and belonging. The book is a jewel, a chronicle of our times, an intense awareness of humanity’s suffering and its yearning for home.”
My poem “As God Intended,” about 17th century nun Catalina de Erauso, appeared in Moon City Review last year, and the journal invited me to read it for their new online reading series.
The 2019 issue of Moon City Review is available for order from the University of Arkansas Press.
My flash essay, “Francisco, from My Class,” detailing an episode from my childhood in Spain, appears in the new issue of Gigantic Sequins, available for pre-order now.
My personal essay, “Geography of Peaks and Dips and Lights,” describes my return to Bosnia 18 years ago and appears today in The Rumpus. The piece was beautifully illustrated for The Rumpus by artist Susan Ito. This piece, I am excited to say, will also be reprinted later this year in the anthology Voices on the Move by Solis Press.
My news piece on poet Catherine Bowman’s thoughtful work with the rural communities of Southern Indiana was published today by the IU Center for Rural Engagement.