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My piece 'Zelda Revisited' (based on Legend of Zelda II:  Link's Adventure) is up for your reading pleasure on WebConjunctions.

I can't tell you how psyched this makes me.  I love love love Conjunctions and I've learned to adore this piece, which is the second one that I wrote in the Nintendo essay collection I've been working on (currently titled 'Leave Luck To Heaven').  Micaela Morrissette was really wonderful to interact with and was helpful with some edits.  I'm really honored.

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Beeswax Magazine


The new issue of Beeswax Magazine arrived in the mail the other day which included my piece 'Ms. Pacman Strategy/Pattern Guide'.

The issue is beautiful and has a really nice letter press cover.  I'm also in there with Alabama alum and friend David Brennan.  In fact, the piece that he submitted I did a reading of (I, of course, played Brennan).  Confused?  Of course you are.  Just know that it was awesome to see it in there.

The piece that's in there was the first piece I wrote in Tuscaloosa, back in 2005.  It was really cool to give it a home, as it was the first piece of writing I was really proud of and kept returning to.  It's like I gave it a final resting place or something.

All in all, a great magazine and a pretty lovely day.  I wrote a poem and got a cupcake for it.  I wish life was like that.

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Stymie Magazine


Stymie Magazine is live!  My piece 'A Brief History of the New York Mets:  A Mixtape' is in the new issue.

The picture above is of ESPN:  The Magazine where Erik Smetana, the editor of Stymie was asked to judge a contest for ESPN where they would publish the winner.  Included in the article were some excerpts from the issue as well as the cover of the newest issue, which has my name on it.

So, therefore, I finally made it in ESPN:  The Magazine.  A lifelong dream achieved via loophole, but achieved nonetheless.  Rad.

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Pank Magazine



My piece O Self-Extracting Executable is forthcoming in the newest issue of Pank Magazine.  Super psyched to be in this issue as I've admired the magazine (and the work of editor Roxane Gay) for quite some time.  Right on.  Journal should be out in the fall and will include the work of my friend Rachel Adams as well.  Huzzah!  Alabama, we run this.

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Reading: Slash Pine Poetry Festival, Tuscaloosa AL

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Lumberjacks and jills,

On April 24th, I will be giving a reading at the Slash Pine Poetry Festival in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The festival starts on Friday, April 23rd at 7pm in Northport and goes on until Sunday morning at 1am.

My reading will take place at the Bama Theater on 600 Greensboro Avenue at 10:30pm.  Burn the midnight oil with me and some awesome writers.

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Some FlipCollective Updates


Flip flip flipadelphia!

I've been writing once every two weeks on FlipCollective, which is, well, a collective.

If you want to read my articles on there, here is a nice little depot where you can find everything from my thoughts on facebook to Lady Gaga, to Tuscaloosa, to frozen yogurt.

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AWP Live Blog – Denver 2010



My monster is alive:

For those who missed it, or just want to relive the magic.

If anyone asks, it wasn't me...shhhhhhhh!

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Readings: AWP Denver



I will be at the AWP Conference & Bookfair in Denver, Colorado from the 7th of April until the 10th.  Most of my time will be spent at the bookfair (come find me at the Black Warrior Review table or the Fairy Tale Review table) and drinking a great deal of microbrews and assembling the AWP Live Blog, I'm actually going to be doing some readings.  Shock!

On Wednesday, April 7, 4:30-8pm at the Rackhouse Pub (208 S. Kalamath Street) I will be reading at the Poetry Marathon put on by DoubleCross Press, Lamehouse Press, and Slash Pine Press.

Readers include Ryan Browne, Anne Shaw, francine j. harris, Matthew Henriksen, Kate Greenstreet, Adam Fell, Daniela Olszewska, Patti White, Mike Sikemma, Matt Rasmussen, Claire Becker, Jeremy Hawkins, Nate Hauke, Malachi Black, Joseph Wood, Matt Hart, Farrah Field, Chris Mink, Gina Myers and Nate Pritts, Roger Reeves, MC Hyland, Cody Todd, Kyes Stevens, Abe Smith, Dolly Lemke, Jennifer Tynes, Stacy Gnall, John Dermot Woods, Emily Kendal Frey, and myself.

If you can't make that, I'll be reading Thursday, April 8 at the Gulf Coast/Bat City Review Off-Site Reading with Matt Bell, Lillian Bertram, Mark Bibbins, Adrian Blevins, Arna Bontemps Hemenway, and Christopher Merkner.  It'll be held at the Mercury Cafe at 2199 California Street from 3-5pm.

So, swing through and holler at your boy.

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