Oh Canada

Recently I was in Quebec City, and spent a lovely week taking in some of the gorgeous sites: Chateau Frontenac which sits atop a promontory overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence, the parliament buildings of the provincial capital where we happened upon a free modern dance called Jeme Souviens, the gallery Art Inuit which houses the most important selection of Inuit sculptures in Canada, and the fantastic performance of the Cirque du Soleil, called “Le Chemias Invisibles.” It was outdoors at night, underneath a freeway overpass, and highly exhilarating. And get this: it was free! Ah, Canada, to have such inspiration everywhere without the pocketbook involved.

Sort of like the internet in that way…

Here are some of the places you can read my latest published works:

“I was Don Ho’s Ho” is up at the other room. Thanks editor, Timothy Raymond.

“No Soul” by Robert Vaughan is up at Feature Mag, thanks editor Patrick Trotti.

WUWM: Lake Effect – Flash Fiction Friday: Celebrations aired in June with local authors Beth Huwiler and Nancy Bauer King and honoring the work of national author Sam Rasnake, sam of the ten thousand things.

10,000 Dollar Pyramid | Jeanette Cheezum’s cavalcadeofstars The lovely Jeanette showcases authors at her blog and my piece was there for the holiday week of July 4th. Thanks, Jeanette!

As most of you know, I am a fiction editor for two magazines and both have produced our latest issues:

Thunderclap! Magazine, Issue 6 Takes It’s Throne « Amanda Deo, editor in charge has done it again with a fantastic issue of fiction, poetry and art. Order now!

jmww.summer.2011 Jen Michalski, editor in chief has amassed a wonderful summer issue, including my review of Frank Hinton’s chapbook, I Don’t Respect Female Expression!

“Passers-by” is in Midwestern Gothic – ISSUE 2 (SUMMER 2011) ! Thanks editors Robert James Russell and Jeff Pfaller. This is a gorgeous new zine so order one and help support it!

Yes, Poetry » Volume 2, Issue 7: July 2011 has my “No More I Love You’s” included. Thanks editor, Joanne Valente!

Prayer, Protest, Peace | Flash Fiction Musings for The Literary Minded is up at Apocrypha & Abstractions. Thanks editor, Cheryl Anne Gardner!

And, you know how I adore the writing community at Fictionaut. Here are my latest:

“3 Short Shorts” by Robert Vaughan → Fictionaut

“Temporary” by Robert Vaughan → Fictionaut

“Whipped Cream” by Robert Vaughan → Fictionaut

And last, but not least, I have finally hit the pages of Metazen | with “That’s The Way The Ball Bounces.” As many of you know, head editor Frank Hinton is Canadian. (Hearty thanks, Frank!)  And so, that brings me full circle.

Thanks, everyone, for supporting my work. And happy reading!


About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Synergia Ranch, and EarthRise IONS. His poems and fiction are published in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is six times a Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His books are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press).
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15 Responses to Oh Canada

  1. Andrea says:

    Go Robert Go!!!! xio

  2. Cynthia says:

    So happy to see you reach more and more of your writing goals with such verve! I am also a fan of Canada!

  3. Beverly says:

    Your work often leaves me breathless! I have never been to Q.C. but have heard great things about it. Sounds like you had a great time.

  4. Wallace says:

    Hard work pays off, Robert! Keep at it, and I can’t wait to hold your first collection in my hands one fine day.

  5. JR Price says:

    Way to go, Robert. Or should I say, Robair!

  6. Yasmine says:

    Quebec City is a gorgeous place, I was there over a decade ago. Your writing is really taking off, but then, I am not surprised. Congrats!

  7. Robert, it was my pleasure to have your 10,000 Dollar Pyramid at cavalcadeofstars. Spread your genius all around the world.

  8. Don says:

    Congratulations on all of your latest publications, Robert. You continue to keep up such an amazing pace with your writing. It’s astounding how you are so successful, a true testament to your passion for the craft.

  9. Shari says:

    Sounds like you had a great time in QC. And congrats on all of your latest successes in the writing world. They are all so lucky to have you.

  10. RV,
    Glad your QC trip went well. Stumbling upon an event, and free at that, well…that’s what makes travel so irresistible. Ditto to what Susan and Wallace said. You’ve got the prereqs for lasting success…killer talent + a relentless work ethic. The bonus is your generous & caring spirit. You inspire me. Consider this my rsvp for your (sooner-than-you-think) book launch party!

  11. Theo says:

    I have been to Quebec for work and pleasure on several occasions and like it better every time. So nice to hear about your “spontaneous” art happenings. It would be nice if America was more geared up this way, I agree. Nice work with your short fiction and poetry. Thanks for the updated links to all your work.

  12. James St. James says:


  13. Trudy D. says:

    I think you are a masterful writer! Keep up the great work. And isn’t Canada an amazing country? We’re lucky to be neighbors.

  14. Daisy says:

    Love your site! Great writing all over it!

  15. Lynda Free says:

    You have a work ethic that astounds me. Every time I turn around your writing appears in a new place, or a previous one! Congrats, no one deserves it more.

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