Small Odysseys

I have a story called “Dandelions” out today in Small Odysseys, the first-ever anthology from Selected Shorts! Published by Algonquin Books, edited by Hannah Tinti, & with a foreword by Neil Gaiman, it features 35 new stories by writers including Aimee Bender, Etgar Keret, Lauren Groff, Edwidge Danticat, Michael Cunningham, Carmen Maria Machado, Victor LaValle, Maile Meloy, Dave Eggers, and many more (including me!). Available at your nearest bookstore, or find it online. 🌼🌼🌼

Also! There will be an all-day performance of the 35 stories from the book at Symphony Space in New York on March 26—WALL TO WALL SELECTED SHORTS—which you can attend in person or watch via the FREE LIVESTREAM. Learn more & sign up via the Symphony Space website.

(My “Dandelions” story will be read during the 9pm – 11pm portion of the show, and will be accompanied by an animated short inspired by the story.) 🌼🌼🌼

Tales of Falling and Flying at Esquire

Delighted to find my collection Tales of Falling and Flying included on this Esquire Magazine list of the 50 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. It’s an honor to be mentioned alongside some of my very favorite books and writers (Jeffrey Ford! Octavia Butler! Some guy named Tolkien!). And while I can’t help wondering where Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd & the Grey Mouser books are (including Swords Against Death, which I have been reveling in on audio for the past couple months), on the other hand I now have a huge TBR pile to look forward to! Many thanks to Adam Morgan for the mention— I’ve always loved Esquire, its name reminds me of knights.

BFR Contest & Adroit Mentorship Program

I’ll be helping to judge the Berkeley Fiction Review Sudden Fiction Contest this year; if you have a story under 1,000 words, send it along by March 5! Contest rules here.

I’ll also be mentoring two high school writers through the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program again this year, so if you are or know of any high school-age writers, here’s all the information. This will be my third year with the program and it’s always a great time. The deadline is March 15, though, so you better get on it!