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Update: “A Girl’s Guide to Sexual Purity” & “The Husband Stitch”

LARB QJ CoverMy personal essay “A Girl’s Guide to Sexual Purity” – about adolescence, sex, and faith – is in the LA Review of Books’ Quarterly Journal’s Fall 2014 issue, which is hitting shelves soon. You can pick up a copy via amazon.com, indiebound.com or b&n.com, or become a LARB member and receive the issue. I’m in there alongside of amazing company: Aimee Bender, Michelle Huneven, Mona Simpson, Daniel Handler… couldn’t ask for a more exciting lineup. Check it out!

HusbandStitchLadiesAlso, my story “The Husband Stitch” is now up at Granta! A special thank-you to Mark Mayer, Val Howlett, and Granta editor Yuka Igarashi for their indispensable feedback and thoughtful edits and advice. This story is better for their presence.

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Updates: The New Yorker

2014-10-10_1412956716Last night, a friend let me know that a blurb from my NPR review of John Darnielle’s amazing new novel Wolf in White Van is on page 53 of the October 13th issue of The New Yorker. So exciting! So I just spent half my morning hunting down a copy. I finally found it, and was a huge nerd and had a librarian here at Moravian take my photo with the magazine.

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Updates: No Bible Without the Devil & Rosemont College Reading

My review of Peyton Marshall’s debut novel Goodhouse is up at Los Angeles Review of Books.

Also, Philly-area folks: I’m giving a reading alongside Julianna Baggott tomorrow (Thursday, October 9th) at 7:30pm at Rosemont College as a part of the Rosemont College MFA Reading Series. More information, including a link to the event on Facebook, here.

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Updates: Wolf in White Van, Ekphrasis, Readings, Sexual Purity, & Kickstarters

My review of John Darnielle’s debut novel, Wolf in White Van, is up at NPR Books.

I have a new story out with Yalobusha Review, the literary magazine from the MFA program Ole Miss: “Ekphrasis.” It’s a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story, for you adventurous types.

I’ll be reading alongside bestselling author Julianna Baggott on October 9th at Rosemont College. If you’re in the Philly area, stop by and say hi!

I just sold an essay, “A Girl’s Guide to Sexual Purity,” to the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Quarterly Journal.

Lastly, there’s a new speculative anthology in the works, Latino/a Rising, and their Kickstarter is running now! I’ll be contributing to the anthology, and I’ve also donated to the reward tiers. For a $200 pledge, you can get a manuscript critique/consultation from me or a number of other amazing writers. Donate today!

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Updates: io9 & #pitchbitch

K. Tempest Bradford says lovely things about “Please Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead” over at io9:

This story is a reprint from the anthology Help Fund My Robot Army!!! (edited by John Joseph Adams) where all of the stories take the form of crowdfunding pleas. The concept is interesting but I had my doubts about whether or not it could be pulled off without seeming gimmicky. I should have known that Machado’s story would be brilliant and work exactly right, given that she’s already proved her skill at spinning great tales through unconventional story structures.

Also, my interview with Estelle Tang about pitching and writing literary criticism is up at #pitchbitch. Check it out!

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Updates: Granta & Especially Heinous

Two bits of news! First of all, my story “The Husband Stitch” will be appearing online at Granta around Halloween, alongside their fall issue, “Fate.” I absolutely love Granta and am honored and excited to have my work appearing there.

Secondly, over at Huffington Post Books, Arna Bontemps Hemenway calls “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU” one of the “best short stories you’ve never read.”

By turns funny, disturbing, canny, and inventive, this novella takes the form of fictional episode summaries of the famous show (but if the show, as one reader puts it, were directed by David Lynch). Machado, another new voice in American fiction, manages to create an engaging, strange, and wholly original story that draws into conversation sexual violence, popular culture, and our own weird-feeling relationships therein.

Thank you, Arna!

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Links: Genre, Risky Reads, & the Land of the Dead

lightspeed_50_july_2014Fellow writer and friend E.J. Fischer has a brilliant map of the rhetorical relationships between genres up at his website. It’s great for anyone who teaches fiction writing and is available under a creative commons license for use in the classroom.

My essay “Michel Faber’s ‘Crimson’ Gave Teen A New Sense Of Possibility” is up at NPR Books as a part of their PG-13/Risky Reads series.

My Kickstarter-shaped story “Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead” is out in the brand-new anthology Help Fund My Robot Army!!!, and can also be read at Lightspeed. My author interview is full of thoughts about formal conceits and crowdfunding.