Missed my HUMP DAY at AWP!!!

I was in Chicago last Wednesday for the start of an amazing AWP Conference experience. As such, some of this might be stale news, but I am going to fly with it. Here are the ten things that drew my attention before, during, and after I fell into a sink-hole!

Hump over Chi-town

1) Have you had a chance to listen to our Flash Fiction Friday from February 2012? Wisconsin author Norma Bishop reads her “Got Clean Away,” then I read Michelle Reale’s “What Passes for Normal”

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/lake_effect/le_sgmt.php?segmentid=8854

2) Head on over to The Lit Pub where Meg Tuite and I dance toe to toe:

http://thelitpub.com/featured-books/domestic-apparition/

Then, for another glimpse of Domestic Apparition, Meg’s novel, head over to The Nervous Breakdown for Paula Bomer’s awesome review:

http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/pbomer/2012/02/review-of-domestic-apparition-by-meg-tuite/

3) Lookin for a place to get lucky? I’ve always had a thing about cabins. You? Don’t make assumptions from the name, you have to check this out!

http://freecabinporn.com/

4) I had the great fortune of reading in three distinct and wonderful events while I was at AWP. Here are some photos from the Connotation Press event. Thanks editor-in-chief Ken Robidoux and photographer extra-odinaire Jennifer Tomaloff:

ConnotationPress.com | EVENT BLOG

5) Eryk Wenziak is getting his groove on at the all new rigor mort.us, check out how your print pieces can become mash-ups, erasures, re-mixes and all sorts of flora! http://rigormortus.submishmash.com/submit

6) February SF& D- from creativity guru Joseph Quintela (how did I miss running into you at AWP???), featuring super-talented Eryk Wenziak and many more:

http://www.shortfastanddeadly.com/

7) Amazon: could it get any greedier? An interesting article for writers.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/amazon-pulls-thousands-of-e-books-in-dispute/?ref=todayspaper

8) Roxane Gay (who is as lovely in person as she is in print!) reviews The Help before (now after) The Oscars in NYDN:

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/pageviews/2012/02/bad-movieworse-book-part-i-why-the-help-is-hopeless

9) Anna March (the Erotic Extrovert!) brings it with “Hungover After a Bad Date” at The Rumpus: http://therumpus.net/2012/02/aural-fixations-the-rumpus-mixtape-12-hungover-after-a-bad-date/

10) ‘I Was Born (a Unicorn),’ or so The Unicorns lyric goes…check out Seth Fischer’s Rumpus ‘Notes From a Unicorn’: http://therumpus.net/2012/02/notes-from-a-unicorn/

And last, but by no means least, I received news that my flash fiction piece, “10,000 Dollar Pyramid” (published in elimae, Feb. 2011) was a Finalist in The Micro- Fiction Awards, 2012. Thanks, editor Brandon Hobson (great meeting you in Chicago!), for accepting this for Elimae. Also, Gay Degani, the other judges, and Alan Presley. The Micro Award

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About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, writer, editor, and workshop leader, his poems and fiction are widely published in print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Connotation Press, Metazen, Thrice, Literary Orphans and Housefire. He is Senior Flash editor at JMWW and Lost in Thought magazines and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing. He is a six times 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 collections are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps): Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press).
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4 Responses to Missed my HUMP DAY at AWP!!!

  1. Yasmine says:

    Congratulations, Robert! Great news about being the Finalist for the Micro- Fiction Award. I think I even remember that story, too! It was a winner in my book.

  2. susan tepper says:

    RR, CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER: so COOL about your story making the finals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Loved being with you at AWP, you are my pal, and that is that.
    Lots of great reading here, will dig into Hump Day (missed) with great enthusiasm!!!

  3. Andrea says:

    Congratulations Robert! Glad you had such a great time. AND thanks for keeping us all so informed! xoxo

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