New Flash Piece in Fiction Southeast

I’m thrilled to have my flash fiction piece, “Fingers Hooked,” in Fiction Southeast this week. The journal’s editors have been wonderful to work with in terms of responsiveness and organization, and I’m grateful to be included in their journal.

My flash pieces have largely been a space in which I’ve explored American settings — my full-length stories and the novel I’m working on have been set in my native Bosnia — and the process of writing them has felt expansive and freeing. I hope that you enjoy the piece.

“Snake Fight” Portion of Your Thesis Defense, on McSweeney’s

I’m not going to lie: my interest in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency runs deep. (They are often just so right about so many things!) Today, on their Facebook page, they re-posted a link to an old story by Luke Burns called “FAQ: The ‘Snake Fight’ Portion of Your Thesis Defense.” I’m posting the first Q&A from the story below, but you can read the whole piece on their page.

Q: Do I have to kill the snake?
A: University guidelines state that you have to “defeat” the snake. There are many ways to accomplish this. Lots of students choose to wrestle the snake. Some construct decoys and elaborate traps to confuse and then ensnare the snake. One student brought a flute and played a song to lull the snake to sleep. Then he threw the snake out a window.

Novel Excerpt at Wild Age Press

For several years now, I’ve been stumbling along with two novels-in-progress, and I’m excited to say that an excerpt from one has just gone live at Wild Age Press. The title is “On the Dalmatian Coast,” and you can read the piece here. The initial piece was a novella I submitted as part of my M.F.A. thesis, but I am now expanding it into something much longer.