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My story “The World, the Flesh, and the Devil” is in the current issue (#57) of IMAGE: Art, Faith, Mystery, along with an essay on the language of the Gospels by Franz Wright and an interview with Ron Hansen. An online interview that touches on the subject matter and creation of the story is posted...
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One of the most frequent critiques I make of the work of my writing students is that they're not writing stories, they're writing vignettes. There's nothing really wrong with a good vignette, of course - we depend on them here on RedRoom, and in blogs and other forms of daily or occasional...
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Surreal South 09 submission guidelines ANNOUNCING THE OPENING OF SUBMISSIONS FOR SURREAL SOUTH 09 (Please read the entire announcement before submitting.) In October 2007, Press53 (www.press53.com) published Surreal South, a trade paperback anthology of Southern poetry and fiction with a surreal...
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I recently learned that the terrific ZZ Packer, who is the editor of New Stories from the South: Best of 2008 from Algonquin Books, has chosen my story "Bridge of Sighs" for inclusion in the volume, which is scheduled for August publication. The story appeared in the summer 2007 issue of...
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Earlier today, I received a phone message from my friend and former Hollins colleague Jake Mahaffy - about another subject altogether, a project on which we’re working together - in which he mentioned in passing that his new film, Wellness, had won a prize at Austin’s South By Southwest film...
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Since I haven't blogged about writing in this space yet - too busy touting my own work - I thought I'd post something today that I wrote to a friend (who shall remain nameless) who is contemplating the next few months before the Queens residency commences in May. Queens University in Charlotte NC...
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I recently received the following pleasant email from none other than Good George Brosi, editor of the excellent Appalachian Heritage. Geo writes: "Dear Pinckney, Congratulations! Your story, 'Joe Messinger is Dreaming,' is a winner of a 2007 Plattner Award for Outstanding Fiction...
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The January/February 2008 number of the invaluable Bloomsbury Review carries a very nice notice - written by Mark Budman, publisher and editor of the flash fiction 'zine Vestal Review, to which you should all flock and submit your flashes - about Surreal South, the anthology that Laura and I...
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I have received my copies of The Other Chekhov, an anthology of Chekhov's short stories compiled by Kyle Minor and Okla Elliott, a supremely talented and fun-loving pair who seem to me to be a perfect blend of Stooge and Musketeer. The book, to quote the back cover, "presents ten lesser-known...
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