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  • Writer's pictureBenjamin Aleshire

Recent Publications

Lately I've been getting more and more interested in writing essays, journalism, and nonfiction in general. An excerpt of my novel-in-progress (in essay form) was published at Lit Hub in November, so please have a read if you haven't already—it's the first taste of what I've been working on for the past few years to make it out there into the world.

In November I also got the news that my essay, "Love for Sale" (also adapted from my novel) won the 2019 Words & Music Festival Prize, selected by Nathaniel Rich, author of the excellent apocalyptic novel Odds Against Tomorrow, and the nonfiction book about climate change, Losing Earth, among others (he's also the eponymous character of this hilarious piece in the Paris Review, where he used to edit fiction). Anyway, "Love for Sale" was also a finalist for the Lascuax Review Prize in nonfiction—so it will be published twice in 2020, first in the Peauxdunque Review, and then anthologized.

I'm also happy with the review I wrote of Brad Richard's latest, Parasite Kingdom (Word Works, 2019), one of my favorite collections of the year. Pick up a copy of Xavier Review or read it online, here.

Daiquiri Jones (photo by @queen_dandelion)

This year I'm looking forward to writing more interview/reviews of artists I admire, as well as a follow-up piece to the essay I did for Lit Hub, which I'm hoping to finish this March during my residency at the Vermont Studio Center. I'll also have a few poems published from the poetry manuscript I'm working on, FAKE NOOSE, in Diagram and Cortland Review.

Who knows, maybe 2020 is the year I'll find an agent...

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