Spanish Translation of TO ASSUME A PLEASING SHAPE (2018)

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I’m deeply honored to announce that my short fiction collection from BOA Editions, TO ASSUME A PLEASING SHAPE, has not only been translated into Spanish by the talented and brilliant Teresa Lanero, but also will be the first title published in 2018 by an independent publishing house in Madrid, Spain, Editorial Dos Bigotes. “Presentarse en Forma Grata” will be released on February 12th.

Editorial Dos Bigotes was founded in Madrid by Gonzalo Izquierdo Torres and Alberto Rodríguez. I want to express my immense thanks to both of them. I’m proud to be a new member of the ‘mustachioed club.’

My father, who spoke fluent Spanish and had book shelves full of Spanish authors and Spanish grammar books, would have been especially proud of this news. I wish he were here for me to give him one more title to add to his old bookshelf.

To celebrate this publication, I’ll reading from TO ASSUME A PLEASING SHAPE on Saturday, with poet Joanna Clapps Herman, at Cornelia St. Café, NYC, January 13, 2018, 5:45 – 7:45 pm.

And a huge thanks to Peter Conners and Frederick Courtright for all their help.

For more information about Editorial Dos Bigotes: http://www.dosbigotes.es/quienes-somos/

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The BOOKS section of THE BROOKLYN RAIL (June 2017)

As I finish up my editing work on the next issue of The Brooklyn Rail, I want to take a minute to celebrate the most recent issue, June 2017, full of interviews and reviews with poets, fiction writers, and essayists, many of them debut authors. Lisa Ko talks with Nicole Treska about Ko’s debut novel THE LEAVERS. Gabino Iglesias reviews Morgan Parker’s newest collection of poems THERE ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAN BEYONCE. Melissa Febos talks with Ryan Berg about her newest collection of essays, ABANDON ME, which Berg calls a “fiercely intelligent and remarkably intimate investigation of love and obsession, trauma and resiliency.” Our regular fiction critic John Domini reviews Lance Olsen‘s DREAMLIVES OF DEBRIS and Barbara Browning‘s THE GIFT. Mr. Domini also offers us an extended literary essay on the setting of New York City in three novels by Don DeLillo: GREAT JONES STREET, UNDERWORLD, and COSMOPOLIS. David Varno reviews Emmanuel Carrère‘s THE KINGDOM. Kristy Eldredge‘s talks with fiction writer Stacey Levine about her work and her recent collection THE GIRL WITH BROWN FUR: TALES & STORIES. Poet Mai Der Vang talks with Alex Dueben about her first book of poetry, AFTERLAND, just released by Graywolf Press. Joseph Scapellato discusses his debut story collection, BIG LONESOME, with James Tadd Adcox. Yvonne C. Garrett covers new books by women in rock: Kristin Hersh’s RATGIRL, Kim Gordon’s GIRL IN A BAND, and Carrie Brownstein’s HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL. Ms. Garrett also covers Chris Offutt‘s memoir MY FATHER THE PORNOGRAPHER and Monica Drake‘s debut story collection THE FOLLY OF LOVING LIFE. Matt Grant reviews Taylor Larsen‘s debut novel STRANGER, FATHER, BELOVED. And J. T. Price gives us one of the best interviews (in my opinion) with author Paul Auster I’ve read in a while. Auster discusses his newest novel, 4 3 2 1, and so much more. Mr. Price also offers us an extensive consideration of Amy Hungerford‘s newest book of literary criticism MAKING LITERATURE NOW.

Many thanks to all of my amazing writers.

Read it here: http://brooklynrail.org/2017/6/books

“The Body Artist: A Conference in Don DeLillo” — April 28-29, 2017, The New School, NYC

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Three years in the making. I’m proud to be able to announce officially that “The Body Artist: A Conference in Don DeLillo” will be held at The New School in NYC on the weekend of April 28-29, 2017.

Bringing together artists and scholars from across the US and Europe, the conference “The Body Artist” grew out of the undergraduate seminar of the same name, which I’m teaching for the first time this spring at The New School, in NYC. The conference website is done and linked below. Give it a look and let me know what you think. Our keynote speaker will be the writer and critic Vince Passaro. The list of speakers and their topics are formidable—including a talk on Trump and the new political realities. I’m grateful to all of the presenters for agreeing to share their time and talent with us. Click the website to learn more about the speakers and their talks. They are MC Armstrong, Matt Bell, Olivia Kate Cerrone, Scott Cheshire, Anne Margaret Daniel, John Domini, Fred Gardaphe, John Keene, Carolyn Kellogg, Randy Laist, Tyler Malone, Albert Mobilio, Tracy O’Neill, Ed Park, Andrea Scrima, David Winters, Sunil Yapa, and Jacqueline Zubek.

It will be a memorable event. I hope you can make it.
Let me know if you have any questions.

https://www.delillo-conference-nyc-2017.com/

Reading at Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, Thursday, August 18 at 6 PM – 7:45 PM

Recently, I read a stunning and gorgeous novella called ALL THE WORDS, by Maria Frances Brandt. I cannot recommend this book more highly. Brandt’s characters reminded me of myself and of the people I care about, at our best and at our most yearning. These characters struggle, each in their own way, to articulate all the necessary words to each other and to themselves. And their struggle is rendered, in Brandt’s careful and caring hand, artistically and dramatically. In this lyrically lush and beautifully cadenced novella about a family’s love and loss, words are, paradoxically, precious and scarce. Sentences start but sputter out; mouths go mute; memories, both allusive and elusive, tease then disappear, only to reappear as fragmented textual ghosts, italicized and erupting throughout the course of this family’s journey—a journey from trauma to understanding, and, ultimately, to a kind of acceptance. Such a story arc is easy enough to describe, but painstakingly difficult to render dramatically and truthfully. But Brandt pulls it off with élan and intelligence and, best of all, the crafty instincts of a natural storyteller.

I am so fortunate to be reading with this remarkable writer next week in Brooklyn, on Thursday, Aug, 18th, at Pete’s Candy Store, 6 PM. Also sharing work that evening will be Mirene Arsanios, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, and and Emily Brandt. It will be a lovely late-summer event. I hope you’ll join us to celebrate.

Click here for more information.

Moderating panel on MFA programs at AAWW, Brooklyn, NY, Sat, June 25, 1:00 PM

“Creative writing courses, especially at the undergraduate level, may not necessarily produce the world’s next generation of literary geniuses. As I see it, that is not the purpose of such courses anyway. A deeper more important purpose is to afford students at least a glimpse of what it is like to be a creative writer. And that purpose cannot be accomplished without significant and sustained attention to process.” —Tim Mayers (as quoted in Darin Ciccotelli‘s excellent article on MFA programs in the AWP Writer’s Chronicle.)

Let’s discuss today: http://aaww.org/pubcon16/#menu1

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WHAT I WISHED I KNEW BEFORE I GOT MY MFA

Novelists Naomi Jackson (Iowa Writers Workshop), Karim Dimechkie (The Michener Center), and Kaitlyn Greenidge (Hunter MFA) discuss their pre- and post-MFA experience and give advice about how to navigate the writing program. Moderated by author Joseph Salvatore (The Brooklyn Rail), an assistant professor at The New School.

My latest assignment for the New York Times Book Review, June 5, 2016

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Growing up in the Boston area in the 1970s, I was a faithful Red Sox fan during a time when it was a genuine hazard to one’s psychic well-being to do so. One of my great regrets is that my father, a life-long New Englander and a Sox fan himself who died in 2001, never got to see what I saw in 2004, watching it, as I did, in my new home of NYC. Actor David Duchovny’s new novel is about fathers and sons and the things they wish they could have said to each other; it’s about love and death, and it’s about the Red Sox and the Yankees. So grateful to my editor at the New York Times Book Review for this summer reading assignment. See what I had to say.

BOOK REVIEW | FICTION

BUCKY ____ DENT
By David Duchovny
296 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $26.05Salvatore-blog427

My Speaking Schedule at the 2016 AWP Conference, Los Angeles, CA

I’m truly so fortunate to be charing and participating on these three incredible panels this week at the 2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair, in Los Angeles, California. #AWP16

Thanks to all my fellow panelists and to all my fellow AWP-goers! It’s already been such a blast. Come by and check out the panels.

TODAY! —Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM, in Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor: I’ll be a panelist of “The Art of the Literary Interview” with Tony Leuzzi, Tod Marshall, Allie Larkin, and Catherine LaSota. #AWP16

Tomorrow—Friday, April 1, 2016, at 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM, in Gold Salon 1, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor: I’ll be chairing panel “The Art of the Book Review” with Helen Schulman, Courtney Maum, Tony Leuzzi. #AWP16

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM, in Gold Salon 2, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor (S134.) I’ll be a panelist on “What I Did When What I Did Wasn’t Working: Teachers on Retooling Their Teaching. with Joseph Scapellato, Matt Bell, Catherine Dent, Jameelah Lang. (Description: When our in-class lessons and out-of-class assignments don’t give our students what we hoped they would—when our pedagogical performances flop unexpectedly—how do we rework what’s left? In this panel, five teachers of writing share specific instances of course failure and the attempts at redesign that followed. Examples of activities, assignments, and approaches promise to make this panel helpful for teachers of all experience levels.)