Saturday, December 24, 2011

Nominated for Best American Short Stories



I know I rep Atticus Review and Atticus Books a lot, but they are amazing people who work incredibly hard to support their authors. This week they nominated my short story "Swimmers" for inclusion in the anthology Best American Short Stories 2012. You can read it by clicking on the link. Though it truly is an honor just to be nominated, wish me luck!

Monday, December 19, 2011

My Christmas Card for Atticus Review

Atticus Review is a wonderful and thoughtful journal. Look what they took the time to put together for all this year's contributors.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

In Honor of Hitchens


In honor of Christopher Hitchens I'm re-reading selections from Love, Poverty, and War tonight. My friend pointed out the fact that he was often difficult to agree with, but always challenging. The world has lost a great mind, and a charming dissident.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

December issue of decomP out now

The December issue of decomP Magazine is out now featuring my short-short story "The Kid on the Floor." Check it out!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Attention All Adjunct Instructors


Anyone working as adjunct faculty should read this book! For over five years I worked 70 plus hours a week at two different colleges, barely making ends meet and always fearful of the future due to the fact that my jobs afforded little in the way of security or benefits. Adjunct instructors do the bulk of the teaching at most all colleges and universities, but are often the migrant workers of higher education. Little pay. Transient and impermanent positions. This novel captures the lives and struggles of adjunct professors like none other. You should be reading it.

Safety Pin Review

The Safety Pin Review is by far the coolest idea I've seen for a lit journal in a long time.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Publication News


I got word today that my short-short story "The Kid on the Floor" will appear in the December issue of decomP Magazine. It's a cool journal and I'm excited to be included.

As a side note to this, I had one of those funny writing moments with this submission. After I got word that it had been accepted by decomP I began to contact the other publications who had it. I'd gotten to all of them except one which I put off until this afternoon. After sending a withdrawal email to that last journal I checked my Gmail account and found that they had turned down the story, but wanted me to send another piece to be considered for their next issue. It looks like this time we flirted with each other, but went home with another. Maybe the next dance.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Writing exercise for the night: NOIR in 1,500 words or less


With a weeks worth of student essays and stories graded, I'm settling in to get back to work. This week has been filled with wet, dreary October days, the kind that make my spirit beam. Tonight I'm going to try out my new Write or Die task master and attempt to write in a genre I've never bothered with before-- noir. Dirty dames and down on their luck dicks here I come.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Last 5 Books I Bought

1. This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation
-Barbara Ehrenreich
* Forty pages or so to go. Wonderful collection of short essays, asides, observations, and arguments about the political landscape of the first ten years of the new millennium.

2. Everbody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
-Mark Yarm

*Two-hundred pages in and I'm amazed at the construction of the book. Imagine conducting interviews with dozens of people for hundreds of hours and then going back and trying to piece a clear narrative out of those conversations that is both informative and entertaining. Mark Yarm did that.

3. Hunters and Gamblers
-Ryan Ridge

*Twenty pages to go. Wonderful and weird collection of stories ranging from micro-fiction to novellas which go from post-apocalyptic playground to the pressing ennui of Wal-mart worlds.

4. The Financial Lives of The Poets
-Jess Walter

*Can't wait to start it. The title reminds me of all the jokes from my M.F.A. program. You know the jokes. They're never funny. Just a statement of sad facts where you giggle at the end to take the edge off. "We love spending forty thousand dollars to be something that only we value or romanticize. Hahaha. Right guys? It's so worth it!"

5. How They Were Found
-Matt Bell

*The fact that I haven't read more of his work has been bothering me lately. I'm about to fix that.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Write or Die

If anyone is interested in, or deranged enough to, taking part in National Novel Writing Month I suggest you have a plan. Right now I'm working on a loose outline (which is way more planning than I ever do), and I bought an awesome app called "Write or Die" for Dr.Wicked.com. Highly recommend it!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Swimmers up at Atticus Review

My short story "Swimmers" is now up at Atticus Review. You can read it here.


Below is an introduction to the story written by Katrina Gray:

Mike Hampton’s “Swimmers” speaks to reproductive hope and fear, both bordering on desperation. Alternating points of view, Hampton weaves together several stories, all of which contrast the idea of self with the propagation of self, and what it means to a human identity when fertility and love become incompatible bedfellows. Gender roles shift; quiet lives unravel. Fertility is a business, Hampton reminds us, and those in the business—the nurse who takes your sample, the doctor injecting you with eager cells—have their own desires. What happens when the potential of a new person threatens the people already in a relationship? Some of the characters rhythmically swim through the process, unsure, and some dive in and take the ring. Hampton offers them all grace and patience, easily working through their intimate thoughts on the page.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

"Gone Away" is the Story of the Day

Sheryl Monks selected my short story "Gone Away" as her story of the day in honor of Short Fiction Month. You can read it on her bloghttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif or on the webpage for Still.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Work forthcoming in The Atticus Review



I got word today that my short story "Swimmers" will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Atticus Review. I'm excited that it found a home.

Publishing, especially small press literary publishing, is a difficult endeavor. This story was originally accepted for publication last year by another journal which hoped to serialize it in four separate issues. Unfortunately months later the publisher had to cease publication of the journal.

When the story is published I'll post the link.

Friday, February 11, 2011

New story in the Winter issue of Still



My short story "Gone Away" appears in the Winter edition of the online journal Still. You can read it by clicking here.