Publications & Awards


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“We’ve Forgotten the Candy,” Gulf Coast Online, forthcoming December 2019

“Eyewall,” Gulf Coast Online, forthcoming December 2019

“How We Burn,” Lightspeed, forthcoming February 2020

Excerpt from THE FURIOUS BRANCHES, forthcoming from Shenandoah, November 2019

“The Touches,”, November 2019

“To Have and to Hold,” XPRIZE Ocean Anthology, July 2019

“The Haunting,” Craft, November 2018

“Fire,” Craft, November 2018. Anthologized, Best Small Fictions Anthology 2019. Anthologized, Best Microfiction Anthology 2019

“My Debt Collector,” Craft, November 2018

“Catarina,” Slice, October 2018

The Kite Maker,”, August 2018. Anthologized, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, October 2019

“The Dreamers,” The Southern Review, Spring 2018

What We Lost,”  The Sun, January 2018

“Her Furniture,” co-written with Micah Dean Hicks, Pleiades, Winter 2017

The RadioactivesDay One, Kindle Single, August 2017

Yaiza,” Kenyon Review OnlineMay 2017

“The Whitest Girl,” Ecotone, Spring 2017. Anthologized in Pushcart Prize Anthology 2018.

“The Shadow,” Prairie Schooner, Spring 2017

“The Lion and the Beauty Queen,” Indiana Review, May 2017

“Weathering,” Runner-up, ½ K Prize, Indiana Review, May 2017

“The Fabuleme: On Belief and the Reactivation of Disbelief in Fiction,” craft essay,  The Writer’s Chronicle, May/Summer 2017

“The Man I Could Be”,” Hunger Mountain, “Mask/Unmasked” Issue, Spring 2017

“The Drownings,” The Masters Review, January 2017

“True Love Game,” Ninth Letter, December 2016

“The Tool Factory,” Pleiades, “Human Future Fiction” feature section, December 2016

“The Rock Eaters,” fiction in EPOCH, May 2016

“The Last Liars,” Daily Science Fiction, May 17 2016

“The Stones of Sorrow Lake,” fiction in The Georgia Review, Spring/summer 2016

“Sheets,” Winner of Sycamore Review‘s flashcard contest, 2016

“The Bank,” flash fiction in Mid-American Review, Finalist for 2015 Fineline Competition

“The Bridesmaids,” flash fiction Shenandoah, Honorable Mention in the Bevel Summers Prize for the Short Short Story 2015

“We Work in Miraculous Cages,” fiction in Quarterly West, winner of the Writers at Work Fellowship Contest

“American Ships,” fiction in Michigan Quarterly Review, fall 2015

“The History of Happiness,” The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015,  (originally published in the Cimarron Review, Issue 186 Winter 2014)

“The Great Escape,” fiction in Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, winner of the 2015 Nelson Algren Prize

“The Tsunami,” flash fiction in Phantom Drift: A Journal of New FabulismSeptember 2015

“We Rose in the Garden,” fiction in Alligator Juniper, Editor’s Gallery, Spring 2015

Storage,” short story in the Colorado Review, Spring 2015

Strings,” flash fiction on The Pinch Literary Journal Online, March 21 2015

“Blue Baby,” short story in Mid-American Review, Volume XXXV, No. 1

MAR asks, Brenda Peynado Answers,” brief interview regarding story in Mid-American Review

“Carnaval,” short story in Pleiades, Volume 35, Number 1, Winter 2015

“Rejas,” The Black Warrior Review, essay, Fall /Winter 2014

“Rainy Night in the Hospital for Animals,” short story, Word Riot, October 2014

We Were in the City,” reprinted in LitRagger, July 30th 2014

Swimming Lessons,” The Baltimore Review, lyric essay, Summer 2014

When We Can’t Separate a Person from his Work,” Missouri Review Blog, June 16 2014

“Write your Joy,” Passages North Online, Writers on Writing Series, craft essay, May 30 2014

“The Last King of Open Roads,” in Day One and Kindle Singles, April 2014

3rd Place, “We Work in Miraculous Cages,” Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest, September 2013

“We Were in the City,” fiction, The Threepenny Review, Issue 133, Spring 2013

“The Earth Drowns Us,” flash fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, December 2012

Interview, Smokelong Quarterly, December 2012

Almendras,Brevity: A Journal of Concise Nonfiction, January 2012

Finalist, “The Last King of Open Roads,” Iowa Review Award for Fiction, 2011

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