Finding Joy


What joy have you found lately? The bookstore, Books and Beans in Little Switzerland brought me joy with books, art, and eclectic items. I even found a sextant!

I was so pleased to have my story "Wherever You Go" that was Honorable Mention for the Betts Fiction Prize be nominated for the O. Henry and the PushCart Prizes by the wonderful folks at the North Carolina Literary Review. Such wonderful company to keep with Rose Himber Howse and Molly Sentell Haile. Thanks Margaret Bauer, NCLR editor and…

Potato Soup Journal Publishes "Alien"

Alien Lizard Photo

Read my story today!




You are Invited!

NCLR Reading October 2021

Hello from Writerslandia. 

Mark your calendars for October 22 for my short story, "Alien" posting in Potato Soup Journal at

On October 26 at 7:00 pm EST, listen to the readings by the winner and the two honorable mentions (including me) for the Doris Betts Fiction Prize 2021 hosted by the North Carolina Literary Review and the North Carolina Writers Network.


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October Publications and Events

Autumn leaves

October is spectacular! Read my story Alien at Potato Soup Journal at beginning October 22. Potato Soup Journal seeks a story that “digs at a facet of humanity” and I’m proud to contribute. 

On October 26th at 7:00 pm EST, please attend (online) a reading sponsored by North Carolina Writers’ Network and the North Carolina Literary Review. I am delighted to join the Doris…

Review: Durkee / The Last Taxi Driver

Durkee The Last Taxi Driver


After a wait of twenty years since Lee Durkee’s Rides of the Midway (Norton, 2002), we might expect The Last Taxi Driver (Tin House, 2020) to be overworked, joyless. No. The readers are right; the reviewers are right. Bukowski and Hunter Thompson meet Chaucer. Durkee’s day in the life of taxi driver, Lou, whose passengers’ ribald stories weave through his hallucinatory day, carries the reader beyond amusement to illumination as brilliant as the beam of light from the…

National Poetry Month Contribution NCWN: Writers' Morning Out

North Carolina Writers' Network: WMO

My contribution to National Poetry Month. Thanks to North Carolina Writers' Network: Writers' Morning Out. #poetrymonth #NationalPoetryMonth

AWP Writer to Writer Mentee For 2021

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

I have been selected to participate in the AWP Writer to Writer program paired with my mentor, Rus Bradburd, see All the Dreams We've Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago's West Side (Chicago Review Press, 2018).  Rus has a great heart and an "enthusiasm for the world of writing that supports my efforts so well. I'm enjoying our work together. Check out his bio and the other mentors and mentees here:



AWP has excellent programs. Check them out at AWP…

New Fiction by Moniz - Review at Southern Review of Books

Milk Blood Heat by Moniz

Check out this great new author! Dantiel W. Moniz's new collection, Milk Blood Heat, is alchemy on a page.

See my review at The Southern Review of Books!

North Carolina Literary Review 2021

NCLR 2021

The North Carolina Literary Review 2021 is published online. To read my story, "Wherever You Go", an Honorable Mention for the Doris Betts Fiction Prize of 2021 click here.

Or see the entire issue published online annually by East Carolina University and by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Just click on the cover below.



Honorable Mention in the Doris Betts Fiction Prize


Today I am grateful to announce that I have won an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Doris Betts Fiction Prize, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network. Judge Josephine Humphreys called “Wherever You Go” “a powerful story about the need to escape—from grief, from memory, from love—and the gradual realization that escape may be impossible. Moving to a new place will not be the solution. The narrator is ultimately able to extract only minimal compensation, and yet…