Helper, Utah

March 26, 2015

Karen Templeton, left, at her Helper, Utah, studio during a fiction workshop I conducted there as part of a writing retreat.   The sculpture behind her is Utah poet Nancy Takacs. 

“Bordering on Sainthood” has been reprinted by

“Breaking Point” has been named a finalist in the Rash Award in Fiction.

“Roommates” has been reprinted by

“Roommates” earned an Honorable Mention in the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest for 2014.

“Snow Globe” is one of four fiction pieces published in the June 2014 issue of The Dos Passos Review.

“Nibbling at the Bloodstains” has been printed in Alabama Literary Review.

“Without Goosebumps” has been published in Rosebud 56.

“Three of Them” is just out in Clover, A Literary Rag, Winter 2013.

St. Augustine, Florida, November 2013 -- I read from my short fiction at the Other Words Literary Conference at the invitation of Kestrel.

Clover, A Literary Rag has printed “Whatever Will Do” in the Summer issue.

See the article on Julie Ann Walker in USA Today, April 4, to discover my favorite thriller:

Fairmont, West Virginia -- April 12-13, 2013:  Celebrated the publication of Kestrel 29 at Fairmont State University.  Besides reading from “Bordering on Sainthood,” (which appears in that issue), I read from “Roommates,” and “Overcome,” and participated in a panel discussion on character and a podcast on writing groups.

Concho River Review’s Fall 2012 issue includes “One Chair Away.”

“Betty’s Branch” appears in the September 2012 issue of 42 Magazine.

The 2012 Fish Anthology, titled Roommates & Other Stories, Memoirs & Poems was launched at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland, on July 11.  My story “Roommates” was awarded the Fish Short Story Prize.  The contest judge, David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, number9dream, Black Swan Green, Bone Clocks), called it “a classy, satisfying, memorable piece of work.”



Clem Cairns, publisher, Fish Publishing, (left) Linda, and Chris Stewart, author of Driving Over Lemons and Three Ways to Capsize a Boat, outside St. Brendan’s Church on the square in Bantry at the Fish Anthology launch.

Photo courtesy Fish Publishing

St. Augustine, Florida --November 2015

   Read from my short stories and participated in a panel on Listening to Your Characters and Using Jazz Techniques to Enhance Your Writing with Alison Ruth and Kevin Lichty at the Other Words Literary Conference.

“Odyssey of the Senses,” my  review of Blue Patina by Nancy Takacs, is now out in Kestrel 2015, Transformations & Teachable Moments.

Just Out in Ireland

“Until There’s Not,” a short story, has now been published in the  Irish magazine Crannog. The issue launched at 6:30 p.m.  October 30 at The Crane Bar in Galway, Ireland.  Would that I could have been there to read!

Bayfield, Wisconsin

August 20-21, 2015

Introduced Nancy Takacs at a Pike’s Bay Marina reading and book signing for her new collection, Blue Patina. Participated in a poetry workshop led by Takacs on August 21. 

July 3, 2015

“Breaking Point,” a short story and finalist for the 2014 Rash Award in Fiction, has just been published in Broad River Review. 

“Little Mister,” a short story, is now out in Crack the Spine.  Read it here:

October 23, 2015

Crack the Spine has posted an interview with me for its Wordsmith series.

Read it here:

June 30, 2016

The 2016 issue of Broad River Review has been launched.  See my short story “CTA Walkabout” starting on page 116. This story was a finalist in the Rash Award in Fiction for 2015.

Upcoming Appearances

February 2017

Book Signing:

    February 9,  1-3 p.m.

    February 11, 9-11 a.m.

Kestrel Table 941

AWP Conference

Washington, D.C.

October 26, 2016

Crack the Spine Anthology XIV , which includes my short story “Little Mister,” is now available at bookstores everywhere.

January 23, 2017

Winner - Rash Award in Fiction

My short story “Red Light, Green Light,” has been chosen as the winner of the Rash Award in Fiction for 2016.  The story of twin sisters reuniting in a flood-ravaged Midwest will be published in the 2017 edition of Broad River Review.

Recent Events

February 9, 2017, 1-3 p.m.

and February 11, 9-11 a.m. Kestrel Table 941

AWP  Conference in Washington D.C.

November 2016

Other Words Literary Conference

St. Augustine, Florida

A Woman Walked into the Bar

My debut short story collection is due out April 1 from All Nations Press. Check back to see how to get your copy.

Upcoming Events

February 19, 2017, 2 p.m.

Pre-release Launch Party

River Chase Clubhouse

100 River Chase Clubhouse Drive

Evans, Georgia

March 15

Wednesday’s Way with Words

Lakeside Arts Park

401 Country Club Road

Crystal Lake, Illinois

March 16

Get Lit(erary)

Le Petite Marche

19 N. Williams Street

Crystal Lake, Illinois