“The Stones of Sorrow Lake” in The Georgia Review

I haven’t update my website in a while, so I’ll just add some of the things I’ve been doing lately at once.

A short story of mine, “The Stones of Sorrow Lake” came out in the new Georgia Review, and it’s also up on their website.  It’s about a town of people who wear sorrow on their skin in the form of stones. You can read it here: http://garev.uga.edu/spring16/peynado.html

Thank you also to the Editors and Lindsay Tigue, who was kind enough to interview me about the story: http://garev.uga.edu/blog/peynadointerview.html

Recently, I’ve also had pieces come out in EPOCH, Michigan Quarterly Review, Daily Science Fiction, Shenandoah, and the Mid-American Review.  I also received the Dana Award in short fiction, and one of my flash stories will be included as a flashcard in issues of the Sycamore Review as winner of their flashcard contest.

The Michigan Quarterly Review story is perhaps the strangest thing I’ve ever written. Read on for plastic toy soldiers that invade a Caribbean island.

Daily Science Fiction published a strange, tiny story about the Apocalypse and blob aliens. You can read it here.

The EPOCH story was about a group of flying prodigals returning to their island home.  Here’s an excerpt:

“We jackknifed through clouds and dodged large birds. Our parents, those who were still alive, came out to greet us, eyes squinting against the sun and hands on their brows like visors. Some were expecting us. Others were surprised, terrified at the spectacle of millions of their prodigals blotting the sky with our skirts billowing, our shirts starched for the arrival, skidding to rough landings right in front of them. We touched down on the landing strips of our parents’ driveways, denting cars, squashing flowers, rattling windows….”

I’m lucky to be in the company of lots of wonderful writing in these issues, so be sure to pick up copies. Thanks to all the wonderful editors who let my stories grace their pages!

 

Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award

I am thrilled to be this year’s winner of the Chicago Tribune‘s Nelson Algren Award, for my story “The Great Escape,” a magical story about a young woman’s relationship with her reclusive aunt. My story will be published next week in Printers Row Journal, the Chicago Tribune’s literary supplement, and an interview will post on Thursday.

Congratulations to the finalists as well, including my friend Anne Valente!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/algren-winner-2015-note-20150526-story.html

AWP Readings

If you’ll be at AWP and want some entertainment, I will be reading at two events.

The first: the Mid-American Review is reading from their latest issue on Friday from 8-11 at Gallery 13.  I’ll be reading my story about an ambulance stuck in the clouds above New York City. And there will be cake!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1528730340747891/

The second: Join us for a literary performance to remember at Boneshaker Books! Boneshakers: A Cambridge Writers Workshop Reading will feat. Bianca Stone, Alex Carrigan, Jonah Kruvant, Jessica Piazza, Anca Szilagyi, Micah Dean Hicks, Brenda Peynado, and more. We promise to light up the night!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1430483207246292/

Writers at Work Fellowship Winner

Author Ann Hood chose my story, “We Work in Miraculous Cages,” as the first place winner for a Writers at Work Conference fellowship.  The story will be published in Quarterly West, and I will give a reading at the conference.  I am so excited to head to Utah! Thank you to Ann Hood, who said such nice things about the story, and the people at W@W.

“‘We Work in Miraculous Cages’ took my breath away. It’s raw, honest, and revelatory in its portrayal of life now for an entire generation. The powerful writing throughout culminates in an absolutely stunning final scene.” -Ann Hood

http://www.writersatwork.org/wp/?page_id=6