This is the FC2 Newsletter in which we tell you about our website, prizes, current releases, collective members, and more.
Please visit the FC2 website for a complete list of FC2 authors and titles, information regarding the mission and history of the Fiction Collective 2, and submission guidelines for the Sukenick and Doctorow Innovative Fiction prizes. News and author interviews are regularly posted to the FC2 Blog and promoted through Facebook; please “like” our the FC2 Facebook page if you have not done so already. Recent additions to the blog include an in-depth interview with Sara Greenslit, author of As If A Bird Flew By Me (FC2 2011), and a podcast with Jeffrey DeShell, author of Arthouse (FC2 2011). The blog also houses the archive of FC2 podcasts with authors such as Kate Bernheimer, Brian Evenson, Cris Mazza, Steve Tomasula, and Lidia Yuknavitch among others. New to the blog is the most recent installment of Fiction Correctives with Bayard Johnson. Fiction Correctives is a mini-interview series that presents Collective members’ musings on FC2’s mission, cherished backlist titles, and artistic innovation.
FORTHCOMING TITLES, SPRING 2013
The Pet Thief by Kassten Alonso
They Dragged Them Through The Streets by Hilary Plum
Linda Perdido by Mac Wellman
The 2012 submission period for FC2’s Ronald Sukenick and Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prizes has closed. Judges Jeffrey DeShell and Rikki Ducornet will select the winning manuscripts. The winners will be announced in May of 2013.
The Sukenick Prize is currently in its sixth year of operation. Past winners include:
Mother Box by Sarah Blackman (2011)
Rescuers Of Skydivers Search Among The Clouds by Patrick J. Lawler (2010)
As If A Bird Flew By Me by Sara Greenslit (2009)
Museum Of The Weird by Amelia Gray (2008)
Beautiful Soon Enough by Margo Berdeshevsky (2007)
The Doctorow Prize is currently in its fourth year of operation. Past winners include:
Linda Perdido by Mac Wellman
Another Governess/The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych by Joanna Ruocco (2010)
Father Flashes by Tricia Bauer (2009)
COLLECTIVE MEMBER NEWS
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art is currently on exhibit at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit runs through February 3rd and features the work of over fifty artists and writers exploring the artistic possibilities of language. Presenting works from the 1960s to the present, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, installation, video and works on paper that raise questions about how we read, look at, hear, and process language today. Don’t miss the work by and inspired by FC2 authors Michael Joyce, Mark Amerika, and Vanessa Place.
George Angel, author of The Fifth Season (winner of the 1995 Nilon Award, FC2 1996), just returned to his home in Medellin, Colombia from Cadiz, Spain, where he was invited to speak on Theater of Crisis at the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Cádiz. The second edition of his collection of plays in Spanish, Cómo Morir en un Solar Ajeno (Párpado Teatro, 2012), was published this past October.
There’s a wonderful conversation with Kate Bernheimer at The Pleistocene.
The app/novella, Brief by Alexandra Chasin, is out at iTunes for iPad with Jaded Ibis Press. Ebook and print versions will be available in 2013. Chasin’s “Composer & I,” a short narrative film co-adapted with Cathy Lee Crane, was shown at the Athens Film Festival and the New York Short Film Festival. Alexandra Chasin is the recent recipient of a fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She will be reading her work at KGB in New York, NY on January 6th and at DIRE in Cambridge, MA on February 1st.
Congratulations to Brian Conn who is the recipient of the 2013 Bard Fiction Prize. Conn will be Writer-in-Residence at Bard College during the spring 2013 semester.
Jeffrey DeShell talks with Rebecca Wolff in BOMB Magazine about his novel Arthouse (FC2 2011) and her novel The Beginners (Riverhead 2011).
An interview with Brian Evenson and FC2 webmaster Matthew Treon is posted at Weird Fiction Review.
Larry Fondation’s FC2 title, Angry Nights was published in French by Fayard. In the coming months, Fayard will publish another of Fondation’s books, titled Common Criminals.
Diane Glancy is currently a professor at Azusa Pacific University. Her recent collection of poems, It Was Then, was published in 2012 by Mammoth Publishers. This past October, Glancy received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Missouri.
Threats by Amelia Gray was long-listed for the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize. Gray’s essay on Featherproof Books appears in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers. Her story “House Heart” is forthcoming in issue 54 of Tin House and her story “The Swan as Metaphor for Love” appears in Joyland.
Sara Greenslit describes herself as “falling off the writer wagon” after successfully placing a book and 12 poems last year. This year, she received her certification in veterinary acupuncture and is studying for a certification in veterinary Chinese herbal medicine. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine, Greenslit is collecting graffiti with her cell phone camera and shopping a recently finished manuscript that splices medical records to narrate the history of an illness.
Noy Holland’s collection, Swim For The Little One First, was just released from FC2. Holland also has a short story forthcoming in NOON. This past fall, she has participated in several readings. On Noveber 28th, Holland read at KGB with Diane Willams and Christine Schutt. On December 6th, she’ll read with Sam Michael at Franklin Park. On February 7th, Holland will read from her work at Temple University. You can read her story “Chupeta” at Web Conjunctions.
Bayard Johnson is doing the final edit on the book Indian Killers, which he and Russell Means were writing when Russell left to walk among the Ancestors.
Lynn Kilpatrick’s crown of sonnets prose poems, “To Be Unnamed,” will be exhibited with blind drawings by artist John Sproul at The Gallery at Library Square inside the Main Salt Lake City Library from May 4 to June 14, 2013
You can read Michael Martone’s story, Delaware Death Trip, at Cedars.
Lance Olsen will live and write at the American Academy in Berlin as the Mary Ellen van der Heyden Berlin Prize in Fiction Fellow from January through May 2013.
This March, the US publication of Kit Reed’s novel Son Of Destruction will coincide with the release of The Story Until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories from the Wesleyan University Press. Reviews of Son Of Destruction can be found in The Guardian and The Financial Times.
Melanie Rae Thon is the recipient of the Utah Book Award in fiction for In This Light: New & Selected Stories. Thon will read for City Arts at the Salt Lake City Library on December 6 (7pm) and at the University of Massachusetts on January 31st 2013. Her recent publications include the fusion photographs “Everything Is Good” and “Morning Light” inAltered Scale, “Music & Meaning” in Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Fiction, and the poems “The Good Samaritan Speaks” and “The Window” in Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion.” Her fiction titled “Instructions for Extinction” was recently reprinted in David Shield and Matthew Vollmer’s Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux Lectures, Quasi-Letters, ‘Found’ Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts. Thon has additional work—fiction and interviews—forthcoming in Lumina and Fourteen Hills.
Diane Williams’s collection Vicky Swanky Is A Beauty was released last January by McSweeney’s; McSweeney’s is now publishing the collection as a paperback. Williams has stories forthcoming in Tin House and the London Review of Books. She read at KGB on November 28th with Christine Schutt and Noy Holland and will participate in another reading at KGB on January 27th (7pm) in celebration of the launch of Tin House’s winter issue.
Don’t forget to listen to Lidia Yuknavitch’s interview on Brad Listi’s Other People podcast. Yuknavitch’s Dora: A Headcase is recently out from Hawthorne Books.
RECENT REVIEWS OF FC2 TITLES
Blake Butler reviews the last forty years of FC2’s publishing history at VICE.
Margo Berdeshevsky’s Beautiful Soon Enough at Poetry International.
Kate Bernheimer’s The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold at Rain Taxi.
Matt Kirkpatrick’s Light Without Heat at The Collagist.
Alan Singer’s The Inquisitor’s Tongue at The Altered Scale.
Melanie Rae Thon’s The Voice of The River at The Altered Scale.