Hector Duarte Jr. on Writing

On October 12, Hector Duarte Jr. will be joining other Sliver of Stone Magazine contributors for a reading at Books & Books, in Coral Gables. An energetic group of poets and prose writers will celebrate the release of All That Glitters, a nonfiction anthology edited by Corey Ginsberg, Nicholas Garnett, and myself. Meet Hector, who describes himself as “a normal guy intrigued by the abnormal and banal.”   Hector Duarte Jr. is a high school English/ELL teacher and current student at FIU’s Creative Writing Program. When he isn’t disc golfing or catching up on Breaking Bad, he likes to listen to Hans Zimmer and dream that someday he might nab…

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Matthew Sharpe on Short Shorts

Brevity in writing is a real art. With short-shorts (or flash fiction), the old “show, don’t tell” adage is really put into practice, and careful attention is paid to the decisive moment. Meet Matthew Sharpe, author of the short-story collection Stories from the Tube. He posts a new short-short on his blog every week. These pieces are so fantastic that I just had to interview this talented writer. MJ: How long have you been writing shorts? MS: I’ve tried writing very short stories on and off for years, but I started the latest series this year, partly because I’ve reached a temporary (I hope) impasse in the novel I’m working…

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All That Glitters: VIP Sale at Lip Service

ALL THAT GLITTERS will be released on October 1st, 2013 (along with Issue 7 of Sliver of Stone Magazine). Yesterday, however, we conducted a special sale at Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud, at the Miracle Theater, in Coral Gables. Fresh, fierce, and enlightening, ALL THAT GLITTERS is a find. The talented nonfiction writers in this collection invite us along on the complicated, sometimes scary, but irresistible pursuit of truth. —Lynne Barrett, author of Magpies and The Secret Names of Women Sliver of Stone Magazine presents its first volume of collected nonfiction. From the mouth of a Seattle whale to a Nordstrom’s swimsuit department, from an Idaho fundamentalist…

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Fearless Fievre: M.J. featured in “Magic Haiti”

M.J. was featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Magic Haiti. “The goal of the magazine is to promote local tourism by encouraging foreign professionals and businessmen residing in Haiti for whatever length of time, Haitians living in the Diaspora visiting family and friends, as well as locals to explore and discover the depth and breadth of Haiti.” Article by Carolyn Desert / Photos by Reginald Gelin: To read the entire article, please visit Magic Haiti and purchase a copy of the issue.

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Miami’s Literary Genius

After Edwidge Danticat singled me out in a recent New York Times interview, I was glad to offer my perspective on her work for an article in the Miami New Times. Below are links to read the article, written by Benjy Kaplan, in three different formats. Here’s how it looked in the paper (story on page 28): http://www.miaminewtimes.com/flipbook/august-2013-3757238/ Here’s that same version online: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2013-08-29/culture/edwidge-danticat-novel-claire-of-sea-light/ And here is an expanded version that the Miami New Times ran on its blog: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2013/08/edwidge_danticat.php

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What are you up to, Andrea Askowitz?

Two weeks ago, you met Jan Becker,  MFA candidate at Florida International University and contributor to All That Glitters, a nonfiction collection edited by Corey Ginsberg, Nicholas Garnett, and myself. Today, meet Andrea Askowitz, author of My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com, Jewcy.com, and NPR.  She teaches memoir writing at Lip Service Institute.  She is creator of Lip Service:  true-stories out loud, one of the most popular literary events in Miami.  She’s at work on a book of stories currently titled, Listen to This or maybe Don’t You Know I’m Famous?  Andrea grew up in Miami where she lives with her wife Victoria and children Natasha,…

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Dinty W. Moore on his 5 Favorite Books

from Dinty W. Moore, All That Glitters contributor I honestly can’t imagine narrowing my list of favorite books down to five, and feel also that any such list would invariably change from day to day, depending on my state of mind, the phases of the moon, and what I’ve read the evening before, so here is my list of five favorite books on a given Wednesday, in no particular order: John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers and Keepers: I read this many decades ago for the first time, and it was perhaps the first memoir that truly punched me in the gut and made me realize the true power of the…

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The (not-so-soft) touch of Nick Garnett

Last year, Sliver of Stone Magazine welcomed Nicholas Garnett as its Nonfiction Editor. Now we get to pick his brain… Nicholas Garnett received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University, where he teaches creative writing. He’s also a frequent instructor for the Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College, and nonfiction editor of the literary journal Sliver of Stone. Nicholas is a recipient of residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and a scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writing Colony. His writing has appeared in Salon, Sliver of Stone, R-KV-RY Quarterly, and The Florida Book Review. His work has been…

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Jan Becker on Home, Violence, Evil, and the Fragility of Life

Following is an interview with Jan Becker, contributor to All That Glitters, a nonfiction collection edited by Corey Ginsberg, Nicholas Garnett, and myself. The book will be released online on October 1st, 2013 (along with Issue 7 of Sliver of Stone Magazine). Nick and I have been planning several readings of All That Glitters in South Florida. On September 21, we’ll conduct a VIP sale at Lip Service, one of the most popular literary events in Miami, at the Miracle Theater, in Coral Gables. On October 12, we’ll have a reading at Books & Books, in Coral Gables. In November, we’ll be at the Miami Book Fair International for a reading…

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FIU Writers Conference 2013

A note from Les Standiford, Director of the Creative Program at Florida International University [The] most illustrious lineup ever has been finalized for the 2013 FIU Writers’ Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, October 24-25. Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, The Given Day, and many more, will be with us as keynote speaker and craft lecturer. Also confirmed for 2013 are the following:  Agent—Kim Witherspoon, Inkwell Management of NYC; Editor—accomplished poet and writer Dan Halpern, Editor in Chief, Ecco (a division of Harper Collins); Screenplays & Thrillers—John Katzenbach (The Wrong Man, What Comes Next).  They will join FIU faculty members Les Standiford…

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M.J. Fievre Talks Flash!

Flash NON-Fiction, a creative writing workshop led by the widely published, Miami-based M.J. Fievre, runs eight weeks and starts on Tuesday, September 17, at the Center for Literature and Theater. Visit their website or call 305.237.3023 for more information. Deadline to register is September 6. What is the average length of flash nonfiction and where is it usually published? What journals or other media?  The word count for flash pieces (also called short-shorts) varies tremendously from one market to the next. Some magazines, such as Nano Fiction, only publish work that is 300 words or fewer, while others will consider stories as long as 1,300 words. Brevity Magazine (one of my personal…

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