May 12, 2014

We Are The West

WATW - Convent of St. Cecilia

The latest iteration of ‘Various Paradigms’ is LIVE this morning at The Believer!  Check out my interview with Brett Hool and John Kibler of the L.A. based duo WE ARE THE WESTWe’ve got the exclusive pre-release details on their new recording – the third EP in a four part series – recorded live in the high deserts of Santa Fe! WATW is interested in exploring the convergence of sound and space. The two often take to the road to record in experimental locations, searching out how the acoustics of place converge with live narrative. They have performed in storm drains and shipping containers, sheep farms and convents, and most frequently converge in the underground parking garage of an office building on Santa Monica Boulevard the Saturday before each full moon! Discussed: time, song as forum, Vonnegut in Indianapolis, Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament, Gianni Celati, righteous dreams, and flashes of the specific!

Read more here.


April 23, 2014

Reading Thursday! The Center for Fiction



Just a little note to say that if you are free this Thursday, April 24th, I’m thrilled to be reading alongside these wonderful voices at The Center For Fiction.  I’ll be reading from my novel – White Nights In Split Town City – the first excerpt of which debuted in the new 15th anniversary edition of NOON.

With much love,















CHIARA BARZINI is a screen and fiction writer living in Rome. Her writing has appeared in BOMB MagazineThe Coffin FactoryNOONNew York TyrantMilan ReviewThe Village VoiceRolling StoneItalian Vanity Fair, and Harper’s. She is the author of the short story collection Sister Stop Breathing (Calamari Press).

KAYLA BLATCHLEY lives in the Midwest. Her work has been published online at and in the literary journal Unsaid. This is her first appearance in NOON.

REBECCA CURTIS is the author of Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love and Money (Harper Perennial). She is a frequent contributor to NOON.

ANN DEWITT writing has appeared in GuernicaNOON, BOMBlog, art+cultureEveryday GeniusThe Faster TimeselimaeEsquire’s Napkin Fiction project, and Dossier Magazine, among others, and is forthcoming in Tin House, The American Reader edited by Ben Marcus and the anthology, The Short Course: An International Anthology of Prose Poems, edited by Alan Ziegler, due out from Persea Books. She currently teaches in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Columbia University and in The School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, The New School, and is at work on her first novel.

RHOADS STEVENS lives in Providence, Rhode Island. This is his third appearance in NOON.


March 31, 2014

Work in Translation!

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Very excited to announce that my first work in translation is forthcoming from Norwegian publication, La Granada, this June.  Many warm thanks to editor Ingrid Hafredal for translating my story, “Those People In The Garden,” from the 2013 edition of NOON.  Stay tuned for more details!

March 28, 2014

“How To Catch A Fly In A Dark Room”


I had the great honor last night of introducing Alan Ziegler and his anthology Short: An International Anthology of Short Prose at the home of Michael and Karen Braziller. The room was ripe with warmth and love for this tremendous poet, editor, and mentor to many. What a wonderful night amidst dear friends whom I have long admired. The Believer has published my introduction online this afternoon at The Logger. Please check it out here and read about “how to catch a fly in a dark room,” “the spectator as prince,” and the “artistic uncoupling from the actual.”  Order your copy of the anthology here.

March 17, 2014

Mellow Pages Reading Friday!


If you’re free this Friday, come on over to the beautiful Mellow Pages Library and Reading Room for a night of new fiction curated by Paul Rome, featuring readings by Paul Rome, Emma Cline, Catherine Lacey and myself.

Readings start at 8pm. Come early for drinks and merriment. Stick around after for bonus birthday festivities.

Catherine Lacey’s debut novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux this July. Her work has been published by McSweeney’s Quarterly, Granta, The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, The Atlantic and others.

Ann DeWitt’s writing has appeared in NOON, Guernica, BOMBlog, Esquire’s Napkin Fiction Project, The Believer Logger, art+culture, Everyday Genius, The Faster Times, elimae, and Dossier Magazine, amongst others, and is forthcoming in The American Reader edited by Ben Marcus and the anthology Short: An International Anthology  edited by Alan Ziegler. Ann holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia School of the Arts. She was a Founding Editor of Gigantic: A Magazine of Short Prose and Art in 2008. She currently teaches in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Columbia University and in The Art and Design History and Theory department at Parsons, The New School, and is at work on her first novel.

Emma Cline’s fiction has been published in The Paris Review and Tin House. She is working on a novel about the Manson Family.

Paul Rome has written for The Huffington Post, PEN America, The Minetta Review and Mercer Street. His debut novel, We All Sleep in the Same Room, was published in November 2013, and was hailed by The Barnes & Noble Review as “a taut and stylistically vanguard legal drama” and by Electric Literature as “a New York novel… all the more memorable for its originality.”

March 10, 2014

Novel Excerpt In The World!


Someone else around here is really interested in reading the new NOON! An excerpt of my novel is just out in this weekend’s mail & in such thrilling company. With much thanks to Diane Williams once again for unearthing the first slice of this novel in my own mind and revealing it in the pages of NOON.  This is NOON’s 15th anniversary issue.  It features exceptional work by  Chiara Barzini, Kayla Blatchley, Tetman Callis, Kim Chinquee, Rebecca Curtis, Lydia Davis, Brandon Hobson, Elan Lafontaine, Clancy Martin, Lincoln Michel, Dylan Nice, Julio Pecly, Ashton Politanoff, Lily Hoy Price, Christine Schutt, Rhoads Stevens, Robert Tindall, James Yeh and Anya Yurchyshyn.  Thank you, Diane, for producing such a thing of beauty.

February 20, 2014

The Sochi Project: Russia Through Two Lenses


Thank you to The Believer Logger for posting my third iteration of the “Various Paradigms” column this afternoon! Very excited to see my piece, “The Sochi Project: Russia Through Two Lenses,” go live today in the wake of the Pussy Riots arrest Tuesday. Discussed: half naked pictures of Putin and the 51 billion dollar Sochi Winter Games, Jeff Shalett’s “What It’s Like to Be Gay In Putin’s Russia,” Rob Hornstra and Arnold Van Bruggan’s photo exhibition “The Golden Years,” at the Huis Marseille in Amsterdam and contemporary Moscow based artist Olga Chernysheva’s installation “Windows,” a meditative look at surveillance and “the heart of everyday Russia.” For the full text, click, here.

January 31, 2014

Various Paradigms


Photo of Luke Goebel by the writer’s sister, Marie Goebel. 

Excited to spill the beans on a new project I’m working on over at The Believer.  I’ll be writing and curating a bimonthly column for the Logger called Various Paradigms. The title is a tribute to conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner’s typographic texts. Weiner once wrote, “Bits and Pieces Put Together To Present A Semblance of A Whole.” This column hopes to follow in that tradition of engagement, intimacy and experiment. Check out this new post with writer, good friend, and co-conspirator on the page, Luke B Goebel! Thank you to Penina Roth for reuniting Luke and I amongst the readers at Franklin Park Reading Series earlier this month. Luke and I met for coffee the next day and talked about the following: The Corona Cougar portable typewriter, gaping wounds, emotional support animals, units of sound, Barry Hannah, Freudian analysts, Texas, the Breaking Bad RV, writing in the “Bounder,” and how to farm out a plane.  For the full interview, click here!

January 18, 2014

It’s Here!

I was delighted by my first sighting of Short: An International Anthology of Short Prose last night. I am honored to have a story included in this inimitable collection along with so many writers whom I’ve long admired. Contemporary works by Christine Schutt, Dawn Raffel, Diane Williams, Ben Marcus, Ben Lerner, Lydia Davis, Lynne Tillman, Anne Carson, Joy Harjo, Amy Hempel, Gary Lutz, Deb Olin Unferth, Etgar Keret, Joe Wenderoth, Kim Chinquee, Aimee Bender, Sarah Manguso, Jayne Anne Phillips, amongst many others. And long time favorites such as Charles Simic, Gianni Celati, Kafka, Borges, Phillip Lopate, Michael Ondaatje, Ron Padget, Luisa Venezuela, Mark Strand, Russell Edson, Donald Barthelme, Italo Calvino, John Cage, Raymond Queneau, Nathalie Sauraute, Francis Ponge, John Ashbury, Frank O’Hara, Gertrude Stein and the list goes on. With eternal heart and indebtedness to the poet, editor, mentor and generous soul that is Alan Ziegler for his courage, curiosity, and limitless vision.

Here’s a picture of our stalwart editor, Alan Ziegler, at his celebratory dinner last night.   Contributor copies aren’t out till February.  But you can advance order on Amazon here!

January 13, 2014

Franklin Park


I’m honored to be reading amongst this crew tomorrow night at Franklin Park.  Penina Roth has done so much to bring this continually excellent reading series to our neighborhood.  It is with great thanks to her that my 2014 couldn’t start with an any more generous opening.  Tomorrow night celebrates the fifth annual evening of Short Fiction.  Ben Marcus will be reading from his new collection, Leaving The Sea.  Good friend, Luke Goebel, will be reading from his forthcoming FC2 collection and I’m excited to hear new work from acclaimed debut short fiction author Chinelo Okparanta and new star Ryan Chang.

Doors at 8pm 618 St. Johns Place


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