LITTLE BUZZCUT Published Finalist, Mississippi Review 2019 Prize in Fiction
WORMHOLE Finalist, 2019 New Millennium Award in Flash Fiction
PEEPERS Pushcart Prize Nominee
LETTER TO AN ARCHANGEL Pushcart Prize Nominee
Featured author, The New Guard BANG!: MAINE THAW — FLASH FICTION IN THREE PARTS
Finalist, Mississippi Review 2019 Prize in Fiction
Published in Mississippi Review Volume 47, Number 1 & 2, Summer 2019
A story triggered by the “zero tolerance” policy at the U.S./Mexico border, “Little Buzzcut” explores spiritual pain and resilience as a child separated from his mother grows up faster than he should, and the Border Patrol Agent who carried out the separation order comes to terms with what he has done.
Pushcart Prize nominee, Brilliant Flash Fiction, September, 2018
Publication forthcoming in Brilliant Flash Fiction’s anthology
I know it’s biology, but it sounds like longing to me. Wet in places I don’t like. Through congealed mist beyond this dark high school parking lot, tiny tree frogs throat-sing their desire to mate. The theater inside’s quiet. My daughter’s opening night is over. I hung around too long, smiling, impersonating suave until they started locking up lobby doors. Now I’m alone out here, ambushed by the hormonal exuberance of frogs.
LETTER TO AN ARCHANGEL
Pushcart Prize nominee, The New Guard Vol. VI
You were narrow as a starved Palestinian.
I had no idea who you were or why you appeared at my kitchen table. You struck like wildfire or a tsunami. You. Light of God with flame in his palm, brother to the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, wielder of the blistering sword at Eden’s Gates, presider over Hell—and, of all things, patron of the arts.
Whoosh. There you were. I had not the narrowest chink of time to figure you out.