Taking the plunge on a hot, mid-July day, here are some exciting reads from around the net:

1) I will be leading a short session on Flash Fiction, along with many other facilitators this Sunday, July 15th for Alchemy for Writers 101 at the Alchemist Theater, 2569 South Kinnickinick Street, Milwaukee. It’s 1-5 p.m. And the best news: it’s FREE! Registration recommended, visit the site for more information:

2) Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Wisconsin People & Ideas/Wisconsin Book Festival Short Story Contest (I was the 2012 head judge for fiction):

  • 1st –“Eyes in the Back of Her Head,” by Jill Stukenberg, Wausau

  • 2nd – “All the Blues in the Night,” Andrea Lochen, Milwaukee

  • 3rd – “Plan for Paradise,” by Christine Stocke, Madison

Contest winners receive up to $500, a reading at the 2012 Wisconsin Book Festival, and publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine. Look for the 1st-place winning story in the summer issue of the magazine and online at on July 15. 2nd- and 3rd place winning stories will appear in subsequent issues.

3) If you so desire, Amber Sparks it taking pre-orders for her new book, May We Shed These Human Bodies, at Curbside Splendor Publishing: Also, Amber and I might be reading together in Milwaukee this September, more information forthcoming!

4) storySouth has voting for its Million Writers Award. (And I’m not biased or anything, but check out xTx’s story, The Mill Pond). WOW!

5) The new Gigantic is online with some great content:

6) She’s here. She’s there. She’s Super-Meg! Another amazing story up at Tampa Online Review:

Oh, and he’s also here, and there. On fire, this dude, James Claffey:

And this fellow, well, can’t say enough superlatives: Len Kuntz at Northville Review: Red Pennies | The Northville Review

7) This looks super-cool and fun and I have to have it. Which is always the case with anything David Tomaloff is associated with:

8) Speaking of ON FIRE, check this Tumbler update from Jess February. I never feel like a sloth unless I read his newsy latest:

9) Mary Stone Dockery stops traffic at Melusine with Two Poems:

10) Teacher, mentor and wonderful poet Ellen Bass has her poem in the new anthology Before There is Nowhere to Stand,” from Lost Horse Press:

And that, my friends, is all for this installment. Get your groove on.

P.S. At lunch with two writer friends yesterday, this came up. One of the most controversial decisions in the writerly community this year: Letter from the Pulitzer Fiction Jury: What Really Happened This Year : The New Yorker.

What do you think? Any thoughts about this?


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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9 Responses to HUMP TRUMP

  1. Andrea says:

    Thanks again for the HUMPTY! xoxo

  2. megtuite says:

    Thank you, amazing Robert, for all! I love your Hump Day updates!!!

  3. Debbie says:

    Love this! Great post.

  4. Dez says:

    Keep up the great work, Robert! Love your HUMP posts!

  5. Brenda says:

    I had no idea that you were the fiction judge for the Wisconsin People & Ideas contest this year. Man, do you ever sleep?

  6. Tim says:

    Where do you get these hump day ideas from? You are one busy dude.

  7. Barbara Robidoux says:

    Thanks for this highlight for hump day I look forward to it
    Barbara Robidoux

  8. Cynthia says:

    Great blog for reading! Thanks for the links and your bright and shining support on this sunny hump day!

  9. Elsa says:

    Thank you for the info, it really helps.

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