New Story – Hari Kari – Hobart

Thanks to Hobart (Hobartpulp.com) for publishing my wacky short story, “Hari Kari.” It’s the tale of a man who may repeat his mistakes, but at least he has guts.

You can read it here.

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Book Review – Operating Systems by Joe Pan

My review for Joe Pan’s poetry collection, Operating Systems (Spork Press, 2019) is up at Heavy Feather Review. I mostly focus on Pan’s long poem that ends the collection, “Ode to the MQ-9 Reaper,” which is awesome.

Read the review from Heavy Feather – https://heavyfeatherreview.org/2019/07/09/pan/

You can purchase Operating Systems from Spork right here – http://shop.sporkpress.com/product/joe-pan-operating-systems/

Animal Videos

A friend of mine discovered a nest of rabbits in his yard, so we set up a motion sensor camera and documented the rabbits’ behavior. The mother left them alone most of the day and night, only returning to feed the two kits a few times a day. They grew very quickly and moved nests. Here’s the time lapse video I made from the camera’s still images.

I posted a couple other videos, too. We met this kestrel a few years back at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Finally, I found some footage of a gila monster drinking from Aravaipa Creek north of Tucson.

Book Review – Cold Water Canyon by Anne-Marie Kinney

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The new print edition of Rain Taxi features my review of Anne-Marie Kinney‘s new novel, Coldwater Canyon. It’s kind of a Hollywood noir story told from the perspective of a stalker. Unsettling and compelling. As you can read in my review, I enjoyed it.

You can read the review from Rain Taxi. (You gotta buy it; it’s the print edition).

Buy Coldwater Canyon here.

Book Review – Survival House by Wendell Mayo

A couple months ago, I reviewed Wendell Mayo’s new short fiction collection, Survival House, for Heavy Feather Review. Sadly, shortly after the review came out, Wendell passed away. He was the head of the Creative Writing program as Bowling Green State University and a great writer. I’m glad I had the chance to get to know him and his work. Survival House is a collection of satirical stories about our nuclear age. Definitely worth checking out.

You can read the review here on Heavy Feather Review.

You can pick up Survival House here.

I’ll have more book reviews with Heavy Feather in the near future, as well as a review with Rain Taxi.

New Story – Swamp Yankee – Worcester Review

I remember reading The Worcester Review in Tatnuck Booksellers in the mid-nineties as an undergrad at Assumption College and thinking it would be cool to see words I wrote in print. It only took me twenty years, but my story, Swamp Yankee, is in volume 39 of The Worcester Review. It’s a story about a man defending his herd of alpacas from a mysterious predator while a ghost stalks him from the underbrush of his memory. It takes place in Worcester County and it feels good to publish it back home.

You can get a copy here.

New Story – Ponderosa – Manifest West: Transitions and Transformations

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Manifest West: Transitions and Transformations is the Fall 2018 installment in this series from Western Press Books. I’m happy to say that my story, Ponderosa, is featured among so many other great stories. As a wanderer named Phillip and his dog Osa explore a Ponderosa pine forest on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim, the lines between Phillip’s interior and exterior worlds are blurred. I learned a lot about pine forest ecology while writing it.

This edition also includes a story from my good friend, Lisa Levine, as well as Arizona poets Mark Haunschild and Cynthia Hogue.

You can find it on Amazon or here via Western Press.