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My fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, is available!

The Burning Hour is a 2017 WILLA Awards finalist in contemporary fiction. Read more about the award here.

I'm excited to read my short story "This," which appeared in Great Weather for Media's new anthology, The Other Side of Violet at Alley Cat Books on November 3rd at 7 pm and November 4th at the Octopus Lounge in Oakland.

I will be reading with a number of amazing writers at
Why There Are Words Sausalito on August 10th at 7 pm. Please join us!

In September, some of my MFA pals and I will be presenting at the Montana Book Festival. The panel is titled: Don't Go Home, Go Small: A panel on publishing with a small press. September 27-October 1.

I will be presenting and doing writing critiques for Write on the Sound, October 7-8. Sign up now!

My poem "Privet" in Sheila-Na-Gig.

"This" available August 1st in The Other Side of Violet from great weather for MEDIA.

Monsters in the Agapanthus is a finalist in the 2017 Luminaire Award for Best Prose at Alternating Current's The Coil.

My short story Accepted Forms of Ruin received a Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train Magazine.

The Burning Hour is a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards in Best Regional Fiction West.

My poem How to Roast a Pelican in Crack the Spine (both seem like bad advice, right?)

Find me at the RWW table 550-T on Friday from 2-3.30 at AWP!


My essay To My Forties appears in The Chaos.

Theft, a piece written for a MOOC at the University of Iowa, appears in Pretty Owl Poetry.
And Hunting, another piece written for that class, in Obra/Artifact.

I'll be at Meachum at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga March 23-25 for Meachum.

I will be participating at Authors on the Move for the Sacramento Public Library, March 4.

Old Cadillac People published by Scintilla Press.

Not Once nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

The Burning Hour has been honored as a "Winner" in the "Fiction: Western" category in the Best Book Awards.

My poetic attempt at trying to figure out the election on Barely South's blog.

My poem Sugar Bowl in the latest edition of Lime Hawk.

Nice review of The Burning Hour from Ann Ronald, author of Friendly Fallout 1953 and  retired dean of University of Reno, Nevada's English Department.

Rachel Finally Red in Eunoia Review

I will be talking about POV at Write on the Sound on October 1st. Book signing that evening. Hope to see you.

Nantucket in Five on the Fifth . And just nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Alert the media! I will be at the Montana Book Festival September 23-24th.

It's happened before and it didn't happen again! But I'm pleased that my short fiction collection Jungles of America and Other Stories was a finalist in the Hudson Prize. Uncross all digits. The same collection was longlisted for Stillhouse's Fiction Contest. and that, unfortunately, didn't pan out either. Time to regroup.


Three, Four, Five, Not Once, Leaving Mr. Wong and several other short stories are now available on Audible.com

Roommates is a finalist in Ruminate's 2016 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. So two years a semi-finalist and now this. I might get there someday.

My short story Roommates in Palaver Journal

Caught and Other Stories a finalist in Press 53's Award for Short Fiction

My short story Attachment Disorder in Crossborder: A Journal of Fiction





Remains wins an editor's prize and is published on Waypoints

Jungles of America in The East Bay Review

The Room of Wonders in Litbreak

A zombie apocalypse. Really. A World That Certainly Didn't in Marathon

The Brightness of Things in Tinge

Triggers is up on the Watershed Review

Summer Water in the London Journal of Fiction

Poem Courtship Poem of the Week at West Trestle Review

Jungles of America an Honorable Mention in the Helen Literary Magazine Short Story Contest.

Night Monsters in Yellow Chair Review

Two Days of Magical Thinking in Gravel

All the Time in the World a semi-finalist in the Hudson Prize.

Caught appears with very cool illustrations in Buffalo Almanack

Higgns' Ghost now available in snippet form on Your Impossible Voice and in hard copy, too.

Flash nonfiction Backseat in Foliate Oak

Poems Guide in West Trade Review and What To Do If You're Choking in The Virginia Normal

Gertrude published in The Literary Nest

Leaving Mr. Wong wins the 2015 Dr. Nella C. Seshachari 2015 from The Weber Review

This Ain't No Party published on Pithead Chapel

As if Happiness Were Sky in the anthology Creature of Habitat


Listen to my interview with Suzanne Lang on KRCBA

Some haiku SPAM for your enjoyment at Eckleburg


Thoughts about beginnings on Storyacious



Not Once finalist in the Driftless Prize in Fiction



Essay about Procrastination in Storyacious

Four Tips for Writing for the Romance Market in Writer's Digest

Thinking about research on Storyacious

ELJ publishes It Would All Happen in Barcelona

Woodrunner eChapbooks publishes my fiction chapbook Monsters in the Agapanthus

Craft essay on the unreliable narrator on Storyacious

Craft essay on problems with point-of-view now in Storyacious

Sneakers in Hawaii Pacific Review

Once a Month  in Split Lip

My essay about the process of writing Boots in Compose.

Craft essay on writing sex scenes on Storyacious

My short story collection The Possibility of Fire was a finalist in the Tartt First Fiction contest. Argh!

Luck in The Boiler

OCD Day in Burrow  Press Review  and nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Big as the World in Per Contra

Three Witches in Clare Literary Journal

Jessica's new novel How to Bake a Man forthcoming from Ghostwoods Books

Boots in Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing

Monsters in the Agapanthus in Lunch Ticket

Failure to Disperse published in Storyacious

Turnip published in Bay Laurel

El Camino published in The Flagler Review

Finally on Shark Week Stories

All the Time in the World published in Fat City Review

Skin Changer published in Prime Number

Frankenstein Goes to the Bathroom wins second-place in The Missing Slate's Halloween Contest

Were in BlastFurnace

Indiscrimination in SPC Tule Review

Museum now in Rose Red Review

Chipped published in Gravel

Brace published in Foliate Magazine

KneeJerk Magzine publishes He Grabbed Me

Generations publishes She's Been Through Too Much, available in hard copy September 2013.

South85 publishes poems Automatic Rapture and It's Not Just the Cat

Gingerbread House Literary Magazine publishes Before Waking Her Up

The Lindenwood Review publishes Starving

Outside In: Travel and Literary Journal publishes Crown

Carve Magazine presents The Possibility of Fire  an Esoteric Award.

Mason's Road publishes Three, Four, Five

Litrouk.com publishes The Sausage Class.

Harry Opens It published in Edge

 Flywheel Magazine nominates Tuna for the Apocalypse for the 2012 Million Writers Award

The Mom Egg publishes Jessica's poem Bedtime Story.

 Three poems appear in Straight Forward Poetry, pages 6-8

Jessica's essay The Man Raft in the Winter Edition of The Coachella Review

Jessica's poem Sabotage in Flywheel Magazine online

Jessica's short story Harry Opens It  finalist in Cutthroat Journal's Rick DiMarinis Short Story contest.

The Anarchist's Mother in audio on WordPlaysound.

Essay Look at him on the Edge in The Whistling Fire

Jessica's poem Impossible Things now in the online journal Switched on Gutenberg

Jessica's short story Marco on the Beach appearing now in audio on The Drum Literary Magazine. 

Pear, a poem that appeared in Spittoon, has been nominated by the editors for the Sundress Press' 2012 "Best of the Net" anthology.

Jessica's short story manuscript Tuna for the Apocalypse  was named a finalist in The Black Lawrence Press'  2011 Hudson Prize Contest:

Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize Finalists

And in 2012, a revised, new, perhaps not superior manuscript was named semi-finalist:

Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize Finalists

Note that the winner wrote a few finalist manuscripts, so I have a feeling they like him!