This summer I was lucky enough to have excerpts from my short story collection, Once Removed and Other Stories, performed at The Federal Bar as part of The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series. Here are some extremely kind blurbs about my work from Junot Diaz (author of Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and This is How You Lose Her), Bret Anthony Johnston (author of Corpus Christi and Remember Me Like This), Cristina Henriquez (author of Come Together, Fall Apart, The World In Half, and The Book of Unknown Americans), and Rebecca Johns (author of Icebergs and The Countess).
The New Short Fiction Series does a wonderful job of staging these performances by carefully selecting each story excerpt and then pairing it with an exceptionally talented actor who personifies every nuance. For my show, NSFS host and spoken word artist Sally Shore performed an excerpt from my story “Daredevil,” which is available as a Barnes & Noble NOOKBook through August, 2014; Carolyn Gilroy (This Is Where We Live) performed an excerpt from “Lamb,” which recently was anthologized in Main Street Rag’s anthology, Law and Disorder: Stories of Conflict and Crime; Jessica Hopper (The Bold and The Beautiful, Entourage, The Mentalist) performed an excerpt from “F-Man,” available from Carve Magazine both online and in print; and Karen Teliha (Getting On’s Mrs. Warren) performed an excerpt from “La Cuesta Encantada,” a novella-in-progress. All four actresses were spectacular, and I am forever indebted to them for bringing my characters to life in such a special way.
If you haven’t yet attended The New Short Fiction Series, I urge you to take a look at the current schedule and catch a show. You’ll experience marvelous performances in an intimate setting, along with the fantastic food and great service that typify The Federal Bar.
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