I’m honored that The Rambler, a fine, fine magazine based in North Carolina, has published my short story “Shrimp and Grits” in their January/February 2009 issue. The story is a personal favorite among the ones I’ve written — a rare story that gave me real pleasure while I was writing it — and I’m excited that it’s now in print. And I’m particularly pleased that it’s found a home at The Rambler, given the high quality of the fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography that regularly appears there. If you haven’t checked out the magazine before, definitely give it a look. The cover image here is by Lisa Whiteman; the feature interview this month focusses on actor and author Evan Handler; and an excerpt from one of the nonfiction pieces — “Dusty’s Two-Story Bus” by Nashville-based writer Jamie Givens — is available online.
And while we’re on the subject, I’ll also encourage you to look up the March/April 2008 issue for Tara Laskowski’s poignant essay “The Jukebox”; I’m biased where Tara’s work is concerned, of course, but that piece still stands in my mind as a model of short memoir.
Continued happy holidays to all!