Category Archives: Writing Samples

New in Noo Journal: “Baby Love”

I have a super-short fiction piece in the current issue of Noo Journal.

My work-from-home scheme fell on hard times and we had to move to another place, a property I’d bought as an investment, but had never planned on living in. It smelled of dogs and children. Even after we’d been there for many years, we found rawhide bones and pacifiers behind the refrigerator, under the stove, and in the basement.

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Reading: Happy Ending, Feb. 11th

Thursday, 8:00 pm. Happy Ending, at 302 Broome St., between Forsyth and Eldridge.

It’s free. Happy Ending is a great bar with an interesting history: it used to be a “massage” parlor (hence the name). They’ve kept the exterior and some of the gear intact, but otherwise, it’s a fancy place.

Here’s the info on the reading:

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Reading: Tandem Readings, January 17th

Looks like I’m taking part in Tandem Readings’ monthly reading series at CELL THEATRE on the 17th.

It’ll be with some great people: Irina Reyn, I introduced at a PEN World Voices event that Guernica sponsored a while back, and damn, she’s good.

Jonathan Miles a friend (just last night) was telling me is amazing. supposedly, his book is hilarious. And I’ve heard good things about Jonathan Tel, too.

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The Caine Prize, E.C., and Me

I wrote about the the recent Caine Prize for African Writing award for the Guernica blog.

Spoiler Alert (not really, one could hardly be a surprised, I’d imagine, by what I wrote): I say that my favorite thing about the award is that the short story was unsolicited.

Read my essay about E.C. winning the Caine Prize for African Writing HERE

Read EC’s Guernica story HERE

Museyon Guides: Praised in The New York Times

A book I contributed to, Museyon Guides Film + Travel: North America was praised in The New York Times. My segment on the South, which included Deliverance and Gone With the Wind, was mentioned with praise.

From the banjo and guitar face-off near the Chattooga River, where ”Deliverance” was filmed, to Marilyn Monroe’s billowing dress over a subway grate at Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street in New York in ”The Seven Year Itch,” movie scenes often evoke a strong sense of place.

The creators of ”Museyon Guides’ Film + Travel,” a new travel guide trilogy, have taken this idea and run with it, locating some of the most memorable scenes from the movies and organizing them into books focusing on North and South America (198 films, including ”Gone With the Wind” and ”The Official Story” from Argentina); Europe (199 films, including ”Lawrence of Arabia” with its desert scenes done in Spain); and Asia, Oceania and Africa (139 films, including ”Mad Max” and ”Lost in Translation”).

A great project, it was truly fun to work on.

ASSME: a site I’ve been writing for


I’ve been participating in a community blog, for the group, ASSME (American Society of Shit-Canned Media Elites). They’re at assme.org I’ve written several entries so far. The latest one I posted today.

It’s a long piece I wrote that I could have just summed up with this song.

(Song makes me think of this Chesterton line, ““Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.” I’m wicked enough to prefer mercy.)

An Imaginary South: Advance Publicity for the Museyon book

So says the blog entry:

The American South is deeply tied-up in mythology. While onscreen it’s immortalized in classics like Gone With The Wind — a film shot in California and starring a British actress — the real South is as complex as the wide variety of films that have tried to capture it. Join Meakin Armstrong as he travels the South from Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, through South Carolina, Mississippi and North Carolina. End up in Natchitoches, Louisiana, the setting for two vastly different interpretations of the South, Steel Magnolias and John Wayne’s The Horse Soldiers.

The book I contributed to, Museyon: Film + Travel will be out shortly.