New Fiction Published!

conj68a.jpgHappy to share that “The House That Jack Built,” a new fiction of mine, appears in Conjunctions:68, Inside Out: Architectures of Experience, alongside work by Robert Coover, Joyce Carol Oates, Lance Olsen, Nathaniel Mackey, Susan Daitch, Frederic Tuten, Joanna Scott, Andrew Mossin, Claude Simon, Louis Cancelmi, Cole Swensen, Robert Clark, Kathryn Davis, Elizabeth Robinson, Gabriel Blackwell, Monica Datta, Robert Kelly, Mary South, Brandon Hobson, Ryan Call, Ann Lauterbach, Can Xue, Karen Gernant, Chen Zeping, Matt Reeck, Lisa Horiuchi, Elaine Equi, G. C. Waldrep, Lawrence Lenhart, Mark Irwin, Justin Noga, Karen Hays, and Karen Heuler.

 

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New Fiction Forthcoming

Happy to share that Saranac Review will be publishing “No Stranger to You and Me,” one of my fictions, in their next print issue: #13, Fall 2017.

Thanks, Elizabeth Cohen and J.L. Torres!

 

New Fiction Published!

Very happy to have “Reflections of a Walking Ruin” in this month’s issue of Numéro Cinq.

 

New Fiction Forthcoming!

Happy to share that “The House That Jack Built,” a new fiction of mine, will be appearing in Conjunctions:68, Inside Out: Architectures of Experience.

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New Review in THE BROOKLYN RAIL!

Check out my review of John Domini’s Movieola! (Dzanc Books) in the latest issue of The Brooklyn Rail. Thanks, Joseph Salvatore for publishing it! Happy to share space with Catherine LaSota, Tony Leuzzi, Artie Niederhoffer, Brian O’Doherty, Hilary Reid, and Sara Roffino.

New Fiction Published!

Happy to share that “You Should Have the Body,” a new fiction of mine, has just been published at Web Conjunctions! Thanks, Bradford Morrow, Micaela Morrissette, and everyone at the journal!

Interview with Amber Sparks

Check out my interview with Amber Sparks, where I ask her about her new collection, The Unfinished World and Other Stories, and other things. Here’s an excerpt:

[Madera]: The stories here run the fabulist fiction gamut. You explore myth, science fiction, legend, horror, the fairy tale, etc., upending their tropes, often subtextually critiquing them. And sometimes you comment directly on genre conventions. For instance, in “The Cemetery for Lost Faces” we find an argument about what constitutes a fairy tale, some characters arguing that the “happily-ever-after is just a false front. It hides the hungry darkness inside.” What would you say motivates you to play with genre, to trespass their seeming borders? And how would you describe the “hungry darkness inside”?

Sparks: Honestly, most of it is a love for genre fiction, film, and television. The things that got me passionate about reading and writing, the things that I took the first story shapes and tropes from, were almost entirely genre: horror, sci-fi, fantasy, fairy tale. The first books I ever read were books of fairy tales my dad had from his own childhood. So I’ve been forming stories around these traditional structures and genre conventions forever, and playing with those conventions, upending them, for almost just as long. I wouldn’t say there’s an overt motivation beyond playfulness, between thinking always of ways to expand the possibilities of story. But I think if I’m being honest, feminism and an interest in outsider art, in fringe stories, probably also play a role, because there’s so much to be said about the role of women in these traditional stories and in stories outside of the traditional literary space.

Read the rest HERE.