“The Lost Hoof of Fire Horse #12” Accepted by Footnote: A Literary Journal of History

“The Lost Hoof of Fire Horse #12,” my short story about an unexpected equine amputation in our nation’s flammable capital, has been accepted by Footnote: A Literary Journal of History for publication in the spring/summer 2018 issue. The story is also a semifinalist for the Charter Oak Award for Best Historical, which is awarded annually by the magazine.


Published by Alternating Current Press, Footnote is “an annual literary publication dedicated to historical and contemporary views on history. It contains poetry, maps and historical photographs, fiction, essays, articles, and nonfiction by various authors, both contemporary and historical, about any topic of history.”

In the meantime, you can read the inspiration for this story at the National Museum of American History’s blog at the Smithsonian Institution: http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/hoof-fire-horse-number-12


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Reading at 33 Wine Shop and Bar, St. Louis, 5/24/17

The fine people behind the publication of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, have invited me to join them for a reading this Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at 33 Wine Shop and Bar here in St. Louis. The event is free and open to the public.


Also on the evening’s roster:

Ron Austin
Born and raised in St. Louis, Ron A. Austin has received a 2016 RAC fellowship and published short stories in Ninth Letter, Story Quarterly, and Black Warrior Review.

James Brubaker
Author of Liner Notes and Pilot Season, with stories in Zoetrope: All Story, Hobart, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among other venues; he is an Assistant Professor at Southeast Missouri State where he also directs the University Press.

Charlotte Covey
Charlotte is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Missouri – St Louis, and she has work published or forthcoming in journals such as Salamander Review, The Normal School, and CALYX Journal.

Daniel Crocker
Teaches at Southeast Missouri State University. His upcoming book is called “Shit House Rat.”

Marisol Ramirez
Marisol Ramirez earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and was UMSL’s 2014 poet laureate.

Victoria Walls
A Nashville TN native with an MFA from UMSL, Victoria Walls teaches at SLU and UMSL, and serves as an assistant editor at WomenArts Quarterly. Her poetry appears in two issues of Slippery Elm Literary Journal.

It should be an eclectic and fun night of poetry and prose (and wine).

Hope to see you there!

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Interview at Cartridge Lit

I recently had a conversation about video games, animals, and video game animals with A.A. Balaskovits, fellow woman-who-games, fellow Cartridge Lit editor, and singular author of the recently published (and luminous!) short fiction collection Magic for Unlucky Girls.


This happened because last October, Cartridge Lit was kind enough to publish “A Horse Draws Near!” my lyric essay about the many horses who have appeared in video games over the years.

Click here to read the interview!

Click here to read “A Horse Draws Near!”

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“One Trick Pony” Accepted By Big Muddy

“One Trick Pony,” my story about the mounted cliff jump stunt in Jesse James (1939) that led to the American Humane Association’s supervision of animal action in movies will appear in a future issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.


Part of Southeast Missouri State University Press, Big Muddy publishes general submissions, as well as “work and topics dealing with the 10-state area that borders the Mississippi River, from the United States/Canadian border to Louisiana’s Gulf Coast.”

Watch this space for a release date.

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Reading At Maryville University, 4/27/17

I’ll be giving a home-team reading at Maryville University’s Morton J. May Foundation Gallery at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 to celebrate the release of Ashland Creek Press’s Among Animals 2, which features my short story “Shooting A Mule.”


Billy, alas, will not be attending.

This reading is part of Writes of Spring, Maryville’s annual showcase of emerging and established writers, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided, and copies of Among Animals 2 will be available for sale and signing after the reading.

Previous Writes of Spring guests have included Luke Rolfes, Monica Hand, DuEwa Frazier, and Dana Levin.


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“Fred W. Loring and His Mule, ‘Evil Merodach,’ 48 Hours Before Death” Wins 2016 Winter Anthology Prize

My short story “Fred W. Loring and His Mule, ‘Evil Merodach,’ 48 Hours Before Death,” former winner of the Midwest Short Fiction Prize at The Laurel Review, has been selected by the poet Donna Stonecipher as the winner of the 2016 Winter Anthology Prize. This national prize includes online publication and an honorarium of $1,000.

You can read the story here!


The man and mule of the hour.

Founded in 2009, The Winter Anthology is an online “collection of contemporary literature informed by history and older art, as well as 21st century science and philosophy.”

Michael Rutherglen writes: “The project is a vehicle for writings that continue to privilege density, precision… sensitivity to the numinous. The editors contend that nowhere else in print or on the web can such a concentration of these particular values be found… writings collected in The Winter Anthology are neither sentimental atavisms nor naïve attempts at reconstruction. Rather, they are elegies for art and artists, some explicit, many more implicit…”

In addition to being my first national prize, this honor is especially appreciated as I am now expanding Mr. Loring’s story into a novel.

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Now Editing Fiction @ Cartridge Lit

This happened a little while ago, but I’m just now finding time to post here: I’ve been selected as a fiction editor for Cartridge Lit, the world’s only online literary journal exclusively devoted to fiction, poetry, and essays about video games and video gaming. The journal was kind enough to publish my lyric essay, “A Horse Draws Near!” last issue.


As an avid gamer since the days of the Atari 2600 and Colecovision, I’m excited to help discover the best new fiction about video games alongside editors-in-chief William Hoffacker, A.A. Balaskovits, and brand new poetry editor Philip Spotswood.

From the journal’s website:

“We want games-inspired lit that takes risks and tempts edges, that sparks and burns. Send us your Uncharted prose poems. Final Fantasy VI flash fiction. Segmented essays on transformation and mutation in games. Chrono Trigger. Donkey Kong. Minecraft. The Last of Us. Games new and old.

We want to showcase the power of what games-inspired literature can do, what it can be. Break our hearts or light our minds afire.

We’re here. Press play. All your games lit are belong to us.”

Submissions are now open!

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Reading at One More Page Books, Arlington, VA: 2/8/17

I’ll be reading with fellow prose-slinger C.S. Malerich in Washington, D.C. (well, Arlington) at One More Page Books on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7 p.m.  charlotte_malerich_200to celebrate Ashland Creek Press’s new anthology, Among Animals 2: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction, where you can read her luminous short story “Phoenix Cross.”

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“C.S. Malerich lives and works near the District of Columbia. Her speculative fiction has appeared previously in Ares Magazine, The Again, and the first volume of Among Animals. She is a founding member of the collective DC Stampede, supporting grassroots organizing on behalf of animals, people, and the planet.

Thanks to Charlotte for organizing this reading, which helpfully coincides with AWP ’17. I’m looking forward to both events!

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Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology Out Now

I’m pleased that my story about P.T. Barnum’s failed attempts to display beluga whales in captivity, “The Northern Whales,” is out now as part of Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology, the first-ever print anthology from Zoomorphic, a U.K.-based online journal “dedicated to writing that deepens our connection with wildlife and the more-than-human world.”


This thing is so attractive. A beautiful, substantial book. It comes with two lovely art cards by James Roberts, as shown. Do you love it? I love it.

From the anthology’s website:

“A Zoomorphic anthology of poetry, prose and images dedicated to marine wildlife. With an international list of contributors. Featuring stories and poems about a host of marine species.

Our decision to focus on marine species in this, our first print anthology, was motivated by the urge to celebrate the exhilarating variety of ocean wildlife – from iconic mammals like the sperm whale to circumnavigating seabirds like the albatross to the smallest benthic organisms – while also bearing witness to the shattering reality of their plunging numbers.

From the hundreds of submissions that we were privileged to read from poets and prose writers from all over the world, we have curated an anthology that we hope reflects Zoomorphic’s core principle: to defend non-human species, we must reconnect our imaginations to them.

Through story and poetry you can witness Alaskan orcas or the traditional whale hunt of the Faroe Islands; dive into the underwater realms of octopuses, turtles and manta rays; visit the seal colonies of St Cuthbert’s Isle and Pembrokeshire; discover ancient stromatolites . . . and much more.”

I love being part of this project. It’s also my first international publication.


Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology is available for purchase here.

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Q&A About “Shooting A Mule” With Ashland Creek Press

Ashland Creek Press‘s Midge Raymond, one of the editorial minds behind the new book Among Animals 2, interviewed me a while back about the genesis and meaning of “Shooting A Mule,” my contribution to the anthology.


This interview is now published, and can be read here: http://www.ashlandcreekpress.com/blog/2016/10/17/an-interview-with-among-animals-contributor-j-bowers/

And if you’d like to pick up a copy of Among Animals 2, or download a free excerpt as a .pdf, it can be purchased right here, as well as through many fine booksellers both online and off.

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