So much has happened!

And I am terrible at updating.

My story “In the Belly of the Bear” took an honorable mention  in The Golden Key’s 2nd annual flash fiction contest, so that will be live on the web soon in their next issue.

I just got back from #SIBA17 in New Orleans, where I did a signing and hung out with independent bookstore owners and IPG. The energy was amazing and it was lovely to see so many people who were excited about books, pages, cover designs, words. Basically, all the people who believe, like Jon Snow*, that words have meaning.

On 9/21 I will be at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, reading from Magic For Unlucky Girls and visiting my old haunts. The reading is at Prout Chapel, next to that statue. If you’re familiar with the college, you know which statue I mean.

*dude is a secret English Major. Seriously.

Wigleaf Top 50 and May Readings!

Whoa. My story, “The Mother Left Behind” over at Gone Lawn was just named one of the top 50 very short fictions of 2017 by Wigleaf. A truly unexpected and delightful surprise!

Some new reviews from Atticus Review and the Washington Independent Review of Books for Magic for Unlucky Girls.

I’ll be reading with Colette Arrand (the terrific author of Hold Me Closer Gorilla Monsoon) and Ben Rutherford over at the Avid Poetry Series in Athens GA on May 6th.

May 20th is the official Launch Party (!) for SFWP’s Spring titles, including mine! We’ll be at the Barking Dog Bethesda in Maryland, so if you’re in the area you should totally pop on over and hear the best lineup in indie publishing read their word. I hear threats/sweet promises that there might be a swing band.

Book Birthday!

5050magicphotoToday is my first book’s birthday! I can’t believe this object I have worked so hard on, through an aching amount of self-doubt and generalized unworthiness, is now so real and so beautiful. I have a copy that I keep next to me while I work to remind myself that, yes, it is tangible.

I cannot express my gratitude fully to the many women and men who have helped this get into print. At times it felt like it was something of a lost cause, but even lost causes find homes, occasionally.

You can pick up Magic for Unlucky Girls, a darkly speculative collection of weird stories and re-told fairy tales, anywhere fine books are sold.

 

Readings in April

Good news, everyone! I’ll be traveling around for a few readings this April, so if you’re in the area, do stop by to hear me read, pick up a copy of Magic for Unlucky Girls (I’ll even sign it with my painfully bad handwriting) and grab a drink, if you are so inclined.

April 3rd

Missouri Valley College

Workshop: Speculative Fiction: Engaging the Weird

3:30-4:30 Malcolm Multipurpose Room

Formal reading to follow. Time TBD.

April 5th

Loras College

4 p.m. Reading and Q+A: 4th floor concourse, Library (ARC)

Story 366 Review of Magic for Unlucky Girls

Michael Czyzniejewski, whose name I must constantly c/p because spelling is lost on me, featured Magic for Unlucky Girls at Story 366 today. If you have not been following this project (shame!) he’s been reading short-story collections – one a year – for 2016. Not only am I impressed by the scope of the project, but I’ve been enjoying the attention paid to short story collections, which sometimes feels like a niche art form. Hell, my favorite book is a short story collection. 

Anyway, he reviewed “The Ibex Girl of Qumran”, a story I have mixed feelings about and almost didn’t include in the collection. However, reading his review of it made me feel much more warmly towards it. Different eyes give you different perspective.

Publisher’s Weekly Review and Pushcart Nomination

Thrilled to get my first advance review for Magic for Unlucky Girls from Publisher’s Weekly. Here’s a snippet:

There isn’t a single tired trope here—in fact, there are few familiar elements at all—so readers looking for something askew from any fantasy they’ve read before will want to get to know the unlucky but determined girls of Balaskovits’s stories.

I’ve also been nominated for a pushcart prize for my short story, “How One Girl Played at Slaughtering” in Gingko Tree Review. It’s an odd-ball take on the Grimm’s story, which is one of my favorite fairy tales. You really can’t get any weirder than child-cannibalism (I hope).