Hello everyone and happy August!

Whether or not you enjoy the Olympics, it is challenging not to get caught up in the stories, the legacies, the triumphs and defeats. And favorite sports? I tend to find a fascination with those covered less by media: fencing, judo, water polo, equestrian. And yet, I have to admit, I’ve snuck a peek at gymnastics, soccer, cycling, swimming…okay, wait. I’ll admit it. I’m a junkie! But not so much that I couldn’t find ten or more things to keep your reading muscles engaged:

1) Kyle Schruder, my co-editer at Lost in Thought magazine, gives us a teaser of issue #3:

2) Timothy Gager is up at Matchbook:

3) Issue 2 of Literary Orphans, includes Anna March’s first published poem! Also work by Meg Tuite, Stephen V. Ramey, Nicolette Wong, Howie Good, and many more:

4) Roxane Gay has a new piece up at Booth; A Journal:

5) These three poems from Sam Rasnake at fwriction; review just slay me:

6) Extie Ecks’s Supermodel Summer continues at Nothing to Say, with Joe Kapitan’s “Wheels:”

7) Colson Whitehead’s “How to Write” in NY Times Sunday Book Review:

8) Joseph Quintela brings it all in July’s Short, Fast and Deadly (Stolen Plums):

9) James Claffey shares his writing savvy at Flash Fiction Chronicles:

10a) Take your time picking through this delish list at Huffington Post, compiled by Jane Harris:

10b) The Big Other is devoting posts to “Pillars of Truth” and this is by Johannes Goransson: Check out some of the big other posts while visiting, including a birthday tribute to Willliam Gass.

10c) Connotation Press, among the elite of online (and soon to be print?) magazines, does their fiction and poetry “retrospective issue” courtesy of Meg Tuite and Kaite Hillenbrand (among many other fine editors). And check out that great mug of chieftain Ken Robidoux:

This just in: Poets & Writers create a comprehensive list of best books for writers: Best Books for Writers | Poets and Writers

***Bonus: Books I’ve recently read that I highly recommend:

Blue Rust– Joe Millar (poetry):

Book of Men– Dorianne Laux (poetry):

Three Squares a Day with Occasional Torture– Julie Innis (stories):


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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16 Responses to HUMP OLYMPICS

  1. 534mu5 says:

    thanks robert! savvy, perhaps, but on an olympic note, when i gave jeanne leiby the last chapter first draft of my mfa thesis, she read it and said, “well, you didn’t stick the landing.” i went home for christmas and rewrote that fucker…

  2. Andrea says:

    I too am a junkie for the Olympics! Thanks for keeping our “biggest muscle” werkin!

  3. Wallace says:

    Love the Olympics, too! Can’t wait to get home to watch 1/5 of what I have on the DVR every evening. Oh well! Thanks for your post!

  4. Isabell says:

    So much great information every week in your HUMP day posts, Robert! I am so grateful that you devote so much time every week to this posting.

  5. Mary Poppins says:

    You forgot to mention LONDON my dear! In any case, happy viewing!

  6. Yasmine Brown says:

    Thanks again for these great reading links. You threw your net far and wide this time, Robert including the New York Times and Huffington Review- unusual for you! So nice to know you are reading the amount that you do.

  7. Sean says:

    Great post once again! Another Olympics fan here as well in case you wondered.

  8. Dennis says:

    Great blog with so many wonderful things to read. Another Olympic post, Robert! Way to bring it, again and again.

  9. Bradley says:

    Happy August to you, fellow Leo. Growl! I hope this month brings you everything you so deserve. Miss you my friend.

  10. timothygager says:

    It’s a great week. Thanks, Robert!

  11. Cassie says:

    Valuable information for everyone. I will recommend my friends to read this blog for sure! Happy regards.

  12. joekapitan says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, Robert. I enjoy your blog. Hope you’re having a great summer.

  13. Seanna says:

    I love this blog, Robert! All the away from Europa! Keep up the great work!

  14. Craig says:

    Another great blog post with lots of reading material for me to dig into over this weekend. Thanks for the generous offering.

  15. Belinda says:

    Superb! I’ve read through the five newest posts, and I’m lovin’ it! I’ve really enjoyed your blog.

  16. Billy says:

    It’s almost another HUMP day, and I can hardly wait!

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