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Ultimately, it's all a Cosmic Knock Knock Joke, isn't it? Is a hearty laugh the correct answer?

Background Information

I have been inspired by experimental writers such as William Faulkner, the French New Novelists such as Claude Simone, and Alaine Robbe-Grillet, people who break up the usual chronological flow, look at the world from fragmented perspectives.

I adore language turned to light a la Tom Robbins, and those who combine those qualities like Kyle Muntz.

Whistleblowers, artistic film and visual arts, and musical composition also influence my work.

My specialty is addressing the whole self, going low and igniting the fire to stretch awareness up and out of the contractions of dualistic plot and into the more expansive perspective.

Birth Place
Indianapolis, IN USA

B.A. in English from Florida State
M.A. in English from Florida State
M.F.A. in writing from Iowa State
Academy of American Poets Award
Iowa Literary Journal Award
Journeys Award from Cezanne's Carrot Magazine
Editor's Pick Award from Cezanne's Carrot
Pushcart Prize nomination from Rose and Thorn
Story and Literary Theory in Bewildering Stories Quarterly Review of their favorite bits
Poem represented the anthology North of Wakulla

Additional Information

I have a new book of short stories, Collapsible Horizon, coming out soon from Night Publishing, which published my previous collection, Lucid Membrane. Some of the stories from it were can be found in a "drawer" of The Cabinet of What You Don't See, by ISMs Press. I'm teaching Intro to Fiction again through UCLA Extension Writing Program, Spring 2012, and continuing to teach through my own academy and Writers College.

Favorite Links

Lucid Membrane
This is my main author's page, focused currently on my book, Lucid Membrane, from Night Publishing.

Experimental Writing
My resource page about experimental fiction, particularly, as well as poetry and non-fiction. It includes links to presses, magazines, contests, articles, and more. It is now open to exclusive content, and is the host to the FlameFlower Experimental Short Story Contest, and Exclusive Magazine.

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