The Great Write Off!

I’m participating in The Great Write Off!  That’s right, no more taxes!  I’m gonna be just like Wesley Snipes, except no jail time.  Okay, I kid.

The Great Write Off is a friendly competition between six Michigan non-profit literary organizations to raise awareness and much needed funds for our causes. Just click “Sponsor Me” to make a donation on my behalf toward Fiction Writers Review.

I’ve written a review for FWR and FWR has interviewed me.  They’re a great bunch of word-loving people doing some great stuff.  Let’s keep them rolling!


Signs and Wonders, by Alix Ohlin

Check out the reviewlet I wrote for the always wonderful and insightful Fiction Writers Review.

This might not seem like a compliment, but it is: Alix Ohlin is a literary torturer.

In her new collection, Signs and Wonders (Vintage), Ohlin (The Missing Person,Babylon and Other Stories) puts her poor people through the wringer, then takes a wrung-out person and puts him under a flattened-human-sized slide for an intense, revelatory microscopic examination. Then she peels off this pancaked person and twists him like toffee, extracting every last drop of his essence onto the page.


P&W via FWR

Some great news and a great deal from Fiction Writers Review:

As you know, we’re big fans of Poets & Writers Magazine around here. So we’re excited to announce that Poets & Writers has generously agreed to offer our readers a special subscription rate of only $12. The reason for this offer is to help build support for a new series in the magazine called “Inside Indie Bookstores,” written by our Associate Editor, Jeremiah Chamberlin. Each issue will feature an important independent bookstore around the country. The first to be profiled will be Square Books, of Oxford, Mississippi.

For those unfamiliar with Poets & Writers, it’s probably the most useful magazine for writers.  It’s always chock full of real-world information and practical advice.