My new chapbook is now available to order! I absolutely adore the cover by Kristy Bowen. And special thanks to my husband, Eric, Anna Rose Welch, and my dear family.
Words cannot express how proud, thrilled, and elated I am for my husband, Eric Schlich. He’s won both the 2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize, selected by T.C. Boyle, and the 2016 New South Writing Contest, selected by Matthew Salesses!
About his story, “Head Over Knees,” T.C. Boyle says:
“This story, from its terse and provocative first line to the exquisite ending, reveals its meaning like a palimpsest. The first indication of what is going on here—the first jolt—comes when the narrator, instead of giving us the expected response to his classmate’s death, thinks, instead: ‘good.’ This leads to a beautifully compressed recounting of his resentment toward that classmate and finally to the knockout punch of the last line. To my mind, ‘Head Over Knees’ stands as the very model of what a short-short story can achieve, opening up to the kind of richness and depth one might expect from a much longer piece. Bravo!”
— T.C. Boyle
Gah! Had a fan-girl flip out when I got to meet Brenda Shaughnessy at the Word of South festival in Tallahassee, FL. Brenda was the judge for Best New Poets 2013.