Well, it finally happened. My first book, Street Magic: Stories and Tales, is published! I’m so excited. The book is a bit wacky, zany, sad, and gritty. It is composed of nine short stories that I wrote during my enrollment in the MFA Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program at the University of Baltimore. I designed and typesetted my book, which was an arduous task. Choosing the right cover design was the hardest. At first, my book was a pure typographic design with a black and white color scheme, but my teacher who is a graphic designer suggested that the cover lacked magic. She suggested that I take a picture of asphalt to provide texture to the back cover. I thought about her suggestions, and then I thought about a photograph I took for a class assignment during my undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University. The photograph is an image of my shadow against the pavement. I chose the photograph for my cover because it has a magical yet gritty quality. I decided I would print 50 books for my first print run because I plan to sell Street Magic at local independent bookstores including Atomic Books and Cyclops (cross fingers). I will be reading a selection of my book at the MFA student reading at the University of Baltimore, Student Center, 5th floor (21 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201) at 7:30 pm on Friday, May 6th. I am selling my books for $12. If you are unable to attend, you can purchase Street Magic online. To read the table of contents, click here. Look forward to seeing you at the reading!
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Short story collections are hard to assemble. You have to think about how the stories work as stand-alones and collectively. Right now, I’m assembling a short story collection for my thesis at the University of Baltimore, and it is harder than I imagine, because when I wrote the stories I didn’t write them with the idea of putting together a collection. I have decided that I want my short story collection to feature stories that are mythical, mystical, and fantastical. Think magical realism meets Southern storytelling–that is how I would describe “Elvis” my first published story. I noticed that most of my stories are voice-driven and utilize unreliable narrators. When you read one of my stories, I want the narration to POP, EXCITE, and BE UNPREDICTABLE. To get a taste of the craziness, click here to read “Elvis,” which was originally published as web supplement for The Baltimore Urbanite, Emerging Writers, August 2009 issue.