Ann Bogle

Location One block west of Minneapolis
Occupation Writer & Editor

Books by Ann Bogle
  • by Ann Bogle
    Xexoxial Editions, 2011.

  • by Troy {Editor-In-Chief} Ehlers
    Minnetonka Review, 2008.

  • by Gordon Lish
    Vintage, 1989.

  • by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton
    Blue Rider Press, 2014.

  • by Sheila Black, Michael Northen, Annabelle Hayse
    Cinco Puntos Press, 2017.

  • by Richard Peabody, Lucinda Ebersole
    Paycock Press, 2013.
  • About Me

    I read and listen to contemporary and modern poetry. I read magazine articles. I read coterie fiction, especially short fiction.

    I studied with John Hurley, Annis Pratt, Lorrie Moore, Larry Woiwode, Gayle Whittier, Jerome Rothenberg, James Robison, Rosellen Brown, Adam Zagajewski, Padgett Powell and others.

    A man I didn't recognize interrupted my chatting at a poetry party in the Village to alert me to Kate Millett's presence there. He then asked me a handful of sharp, personal questions. I answered about half of them before understanding the man was Bruce Andrews.

    On another occasion, Robert Bly, visiting Binghamton commented to Woiwode that I seemed "shallow." He disliked my stiff upright posture at dinner and said so. Later we hooked pinky fingers over reception wine.

    I arrived a little late to the Bowery Poetry Project after taking too long to dress, wearing a winter white wool dress with geometric pattern that created the illusion of a skirt and tall black boots. The audience seats were filled so I sat down on a stool at the bar where I had a view of the stage. A woman sitting next to me in the dim light turned to me and said, "I have not met you before," and offered her hand to shake. I saw immediately that it was Eileen Myles. I told her my name.

    I saw Borges read and Baldwin and Gwendolyn Brooks.

    These and other blushes with celerity sustain my writing as much as reading.

    Here is another, added August 3, 2014, Friendship Day, in response to Lidia Yuknavitch's quoting Acker's essays and photos of Acker by Del LaGrace Volcano:

    I was visiting Dreamtime Village in very early 2001, winter, and rereading _Blood and Guts in High School_, and I commented to mIEKAL aND, "I love Kathy Acker's writing," and he realized by the way I said it that I had not known that she had died nearly four years in the past. I had been the girlfriend of a rock band those years and not reading anything, even magazines or newspapers. I felt so stunned by the proof of my own missingness that I called off a scheduled project I had designed in literary criticism. I read Acker online. Her words were still there. I read how she had utilized the Internet to contact others when she learned of her cancer. I imagine that hardly another soul had vocalized a story of cancer yet. I see Acker as a pioneer in contemporary American canonic fiction. Her nemesis may have been Andrea Dworkin, but would anyone see it that way today? I had seen Dworkin speak in Madison. She spoke as an opera singer sings in blue jean overalls. She belted us, too young to be believers, with her speech, and the sensation was to feel pinned to the back of my seat in the auditorium as if by a brass section, as if by Lester Bowie's silver trumpets brass. Dworkin's subject was pornography and human rights. She passed me sometimes on the sidewalk in Brooklyn, walking hand in hand with her boyfriend, wearing her overalls.

    New link (January 4, 2018) to all my submissions on Fictionaut:

    Jefferson Hansen interviews me on fiction in Big Bridge at Experimental Fiction/Poetry/Jazz:

    New link (Thanks to Marcus Speh at kaffe in katmandu):

    Russell Bittner interviews me on poetry at A Long Story Short's Poet's Corner:

    Monday Chat with Bill Yarrow at Fictionaut:

    Wigleaf Top 50 2013, Altered Scale reading in St. Paul, 6/29/13:

    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    Part 3:

    A few of my honorary posts:

    Books at Fictionaut, The Blog of the Fictionaut (2012 to 2014, pending)
    Creative nonfiction & book reviews editor at Mad Hatters' Review (2008 to 2012)
    Fiction editor at Women Writers: a Zine (2008-2010)
    Fiction reader at Drunken Boat (2010 to 2012)

    Why do you write?

    Why do I write? because I did not try.

    The late 80s saw me mixing prose genres. By 1991, I experimented with that in a longer ms. form, and it undid me at school in Houston -- I couldn't find precedents in library or bookstore. Clarice Lispector's _Cronicas_ -- not published in translation until 1995 by New Directions but written for _Jornal do Brasil_ to the 1970s -- turned out to be my key and confirmation when I discovered the book in 2000. I won a prose grant for the 1991 work in 1998 in Minnesota. The panel labeled it "non-fiction" because there was no category then for mixed-genre.

    Further note: Clarice Lispector's _Cronicas_ (New Directions, 1995) had appeared as a short story collection (ND, 1989) called _Soulstorm_ (introduced by Grace Paley), a book I had on my shelf and consulted that summer without as much significance. It split open my world (in a welcome way) to come upon _Cronicas_ in 2000. How did I not realize until 2013 that they were two versions of the same writings? I may prefer the translation of Alexis Levitin of _Soulstorm_ but prefer knowing the context of the pieces as presented in _Cronicas_, Giovanni Pontiero translator.

    Gordon Lish ran my first three published short stories in _The Quarterly_ in 1988 and 1989.

    I happily mixed genres and experimented with reverse chronology at my weblog, _Ana Verse_. My short stories have appeared in _The Quarterly, Fiction International, Gulf Coast, Washington Review, Gargoyle, Black Ice, Big Bridge, Submodern Fiction, Mad Hatters' Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Metazen, New World Writing (BLIP), Wigleaf, Whale Sound, fwriction : review, Big City Lit, Thrice Fiction, Ragazine, THIS Literary Magazine, Altered Scale, Asymptote, Blue Fifth Review, matchbook, Camroc Press Review, Truck, Connotation Press_ and other journals.

    _Poetry Storehouse_ archives four of my poems, including audio recordings:

    _Wordgathering_ features my essay "1918, 1944, 1991, and now" along with my piece called "Letter to John Berryman" in its Reading Loop of September 2014:

    My work has appeared in anthologies: _Neuromantic Fiction (ALTx) and Year One (fwriction : review) and is forthcoming in Beauty Is a Verb_ (Volume 2, fiction edition)

    My reviews have appeared in _Rain Taxi_ and _American Book Review_ and other publications.

    My poetry chapbook, _dog barks up a tree at the apple left in it under a deerslim moon_, (alternately called _dog barks up a tree at the apple still in it under a deerslim moon_) was published by Dusie Kollektiv in 2009: and

    _Solzhenitsyn Jukebox_, an ebook of five stories that appeared originally at Fictionaut, with cover art by Rachel Lisi and edited by Jeffrey Side, was published by Argotist Ebooks in 2010: See a trailer for Solzhenitsyn Jukebox created by Meg Pokrass:


    _Country Without A Name_, a collection of 24 pieces, with cover art and illustrations by Daniel Harris and edited by Bill Yarrow, was published by Argotist in 2011: _Country Without a Name_ is forthcoming in a pocket-sized print edition from Veery Imprints in 2013.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    Early influences in short story: Grace Paley, Lorrie Moore, Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel.

    Other authors whose influence affects my work: Luke, Vincent van Gogh, Christa Wolf, H.D., Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, Willa Cather, Albert Einstein, Jane Bowles, Jean Rhys, Mina Loy, George Orwell, Anais Nin, Marguerite Duras, Lillian Hellman, Clarice Lispector, Sylvia Plath, Vladimir Nabokov, C.S. Lewis, Mavis Gallant, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, John Cheever, Adrienne Rich, Helene Cixous, John Berryman, Leslie Scalapino, Lydia Davis, Lyn Hejinian, Andre Dubus, Donald Barthelme, James Robison, James Tate, Bruce Andrews, Padgett Powell, Eileen Myles, Tony Kushner, Susan Orlean, T. C. Boyle, Denis Johnson, Mary Gaitskill, Bobbi Lurie, Meg Pokrass, Tao Lin, Kate Zambreno, Michel de Montaigne, Alice Munro, Anton Chekhov, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Wendell Berry among others.

    Semiotics and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E and Minimalism

    Authors, writers, and poets whose work I read in manuscript.

    Collections and anthologies.

    Bible, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh, No Place on Earth, Trilogy, Hermione, Notes on Thought and Vision, Orlando, A Room of One's Own, To the Lighthouse, The Pargiters, A Moveable Feast, The Great Gatsby, Certain Things Last, Triumph of the Egg, Two Serious Ladies, The Last Lunar Baedeker, Down and Out in Paris and London, Henry and June, Practicalities, Maybe, Pentimento, Cronicas, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence, Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, Mere Christianity, Herzog, Philippines, Recovery, Break It Down, Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, The Language of Inquiry, Adultery and Other Choices, Sixty Stories, The Teachings of Don B., The Ghost Soldiers, White Dialect Poetry, The Interrogative Mood, The Importance of Being Iceland, Jesus' Son, Veronica, The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, Heroines, Runaway, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jane Eyre, Self-Help, What I Think I Did, Chronicles, Silences, To Kill a Mockingbird, Siddhartha, Franny and Zooey, Anna Karenina, Nisa and others.

    Ann Bogle's Wall

    Ann Bogle – May 21, 2021

    Visited my author page today and read my long introduction. There may be no way to preserve it if necessary. I like to see the passion I had for these undertakings even a few years ago. It's healthy to write! And it's healthy to read.

    Ann Bogle – Jan 11, 2016

    I reposted all my stories tonight, and it seems the profile page lists only up to 100 entries. Has anyone else noticed this?—those of you keeping all your posts available, for instance. It means 71 of my postings (the lower spectrum in terms of fav's) are not viewable. I hadn't anticipated that! I recommended posting all your work in case you might die soon. So that when you die, people (readers) can access your writings on Fictionaut. I hadn't realized there is a 100-title limit on the profile page.

    Here's my titles list:

    Carl Santoro – Mar 20, 2015

    Thank you Ann for visiting and commenting on "Staring at a Bird Feeder". Encouragement, such as yours, keeps me wanting to strive to make my floundering writing abilities to be more and more enjoyable and understandable.

    David Ackley – Mar 14, 2015

    Hi, Ann, Thanks for reading and remarking on "Blinding Light," good to have your thoughts.

    Ann Bogle – Feb 02, 2015

    # of pieces in 2014 I posted here (pieces that are pieces): 27, of which seven were written in the past (not in 2014).

    FM Le – Oct 29, 2014


    Thank your for reading my poem and your comment and star. *

    Ann Bogle – Oct 23, 2014

    Why am I doing THIS today? I do THIS everyday.

    Ann Bogle – Jun 25, 2014

    # of stories I have posted on Fictionaut in 2014: 8 with one in queue. Average: 19.55 days between story postings in 2014. # of stories I will have posted on Fictionaut since July 6, 2009: 143. 12.69 days between story postings.

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Apr 21, 2014

    Hi Ann, thanks for reading and commenting on Bloodless.

    Ann Bogle – Feb 12, 2014

    My Fictionaut stories in order (list) at Ana Verse

    Ann Bogle – Feb 12, 2014

    My Fictionaut Stories in order:

    Dumb Luck, 7/6/2009, Solzhenitsyn Jukebox, Argotist Ebooks, 2010 and Asymptote, 2012
    Curfew, 7/20/2009, Altered Scale, 2012
    Po-Cash, 7/28/2009, MadHat Lit, 2011
    Solzhenitsyn Jukebox, 8/8/2009, Solzhenitsyn Jukebox, Argotist Ebooks, 2010
    Turning Thirty, 8/19/2009
    Credenza, 8/27/2009, Country Without a Name, Argotist Ebooks, 2011
    Frontiers Yugoslavia Thirty Notwithstanding, 8/29/2009, onedit and Dusie Kollektiv, 2009
    This Is Why I Loved You, 9/13/2009, Dusie Kollektiv, 2009
    Steady Keel, 9/14/2009, The Lyre, 2007
    Exchange Rates for Zynga, 12/11/2009

    Basal Distance, 12/20/2009, Wordgathering, 2010, MiPOradio, 2007
    Inaccrochable, 12/23/2009, Wigleaf, 2010
    XAM, Paragraph, May 22, 1998, Houston, Texas, 1/1/2010
    Fiancee, 1/5/2010, Istanbul Literary Review, 2010 (the journal has been partly dispublished), Solzhenitsyn Jukebox, Argotist Ebooks, 2010
    Ecriture de la chatte, 1/10/2010, Country Without a Name, Argotist Ebooks, 2011
    Tilly Artaud, 1/

    Deb Oestreicher – Nov 14, 2013

    Ann! There you are! Thank you for your comments on "Mississippi" and "On the Roof." Hopefully you never need to go to Mississippi for very long (long enough to try the fried chicken is fine); I am going to think about your response to "On the Roof" for a while... Thanks again.

    Tina Barry – Sep 04, 2013

    Sorry you found "3 Bedrooms..." so sad, Ann. I'm too close to the story to feel much of anything. Thanks for the star.

    Michelle Elvy – Sep 04, 2013

    Ann - Thank you so much for reading my story Cornfield so closely and commenting so thoughtfully. Much appreciated as I whack this one into shape!

    Carol Reid – Aug 30, 2013

    Thanks for coming along on my Road Trip, Ann. Kind of you!

    Carl Santoro – Aug 21, 2013

    Thank you Ann for stopping by to read - Lose the Baggage.
    Those first 3 states have been annoying me forever, until struggling with the structure of the poem I discovered a relief in the 4th state, "the oblivion". And besides, my mom just passed away in March, and we are selling her house, and have been preparing for an estate sale keeping us involved in her objects of joy. Yes, of course, {winking here} there is another poem there which I posted on FB. Would you like me to share it?

    Félix Saparelli – Aug 20, 2013

    Much thanks for your comment and fave on 'blanck', Ann.

    Michelle Elvy – Aug 14, 2013

    Thanks again, Ann, for the comment on The Wall. Appreciate you stopping by to read!

    Elizabeth Kate Switaj – Jul 05, 2013

    Thanks for commenting on "Sof a". I hadn't thought of Sofia as one of its possible renderings.

    Elizabeth Kate Switaj – Jul 03, 2013

    Thank you for your comment on Stella. I thought about doing a flash a day for the month, but my plate's a little too full for that right now.

    Kari Nguyen – Jun 25, 2013

    Ann, thank you for reading my new story here. Your comments have made my day.

    Penny Goring – Jun 22, 2013

    i was reading catherine m (for the 3rd time) when i wrote that party story!

    Barry Basden – Jun 22, 2013

    Thanks, Ann, for your comment about 'Breaking in Print.' You may be right. I do know it's never good to stop a reader with a word...

    Elizabeth Kate Switaj – Jun 21, 2013

    Thank you for your comment on Spinning. I'm working on a series of pieces from the perspective of things which do not speak. (It was originally inanimate objects, but then I did one with a plant.)

    Guy Yasko – Jun 19, 2013

    Hi Ann,

    Thanks for the read and fave. Much appreciated.


    Barry Basden – Jun 03, 2013

    I much appreciate your comments and fave for Instructions, Ann, but can't remember anything special I did about your wonderful Wigleaf winning story. My dotage...

    Ann Bogle – May 02, 2013

    52 of 116 stories displayed. Fictionaut order of -publication stats: 25,092 page views, 216.31 average views per story. May 2, 2013, 3:13 p.m. Central Time.

    Tina Barry – Jan 03, 2013

    Thanks for giving "Light, Now" a star, Ann, and good wishes for 2013.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 16, 2012

    I love everything about your Matchmaker comment.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 14, 2012

    Re: Hair. thanks for the reminiscent comment. They were total hypocrites about money. If they had it, they were supposed to hide it. But how else did they live without working?

    Gessy Alvarez – Nov 11, 2012

    Thanks, Ann (for reading "The Man of the Blue Ski Jacket")! And thanks for bringing up the cash counting. It's interesting, the less money a person has, the more secure he feels in its tangibility. Yet, real wealth is illusory, abstract numbers on a balance sheet.

    Chris Okum – Oct 19, 2012

    Thanks for reading Herbert Hunk and thanks for your nice comment. I really didn't think I was going to get any bites on this one. Much appreciated, Ann.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 19, 2012

    I thanked you after each of your wonderful contributions to the group Psychotherapy.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 09, 2012

    Ann, you are right, the Hateful Patient is more of an essay and a pet peeve about entitled doctors whose degrees require them to treat everybody, pleasant or not. That's what I did all my years as a therapist and saw it as a challenge rather than "hateful." I was given the article on hateful patients early in my career and was shocked. I also tinkered with tenses. Thanks for your thoughtful comment about Maury.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 08, 2012

    Werewolves are definitely better than vampires. They're kind of like pets.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 06, 2012

    Thanks so much for following the Anne Frank series. It means a lot to me that you are interested. You are such an insightful and deep reader. This has taken me forever to write and I eventually want to publish it.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 05, 2012

    RE: Make that a Double - Love that you love it. It's so weird that I love it too, but it takes a certain sensibility.

    Marda Miller – Oct 02, 2012

    Ann thank you so much for reading and liking Art of Madness. It's greatly appreciated :)

    Gloria Garfunkel – Oct 02, 2012

    Thanks for your comment on The Cough. I really enjoyed writing that part of the story.

    John Riley – Sep 19, 2012

    Thanks, Ann for reading and commenting on "Honor Grade." I value your compliments.

    Barry Basden – Aug 17, 2012

    Thanks, Ann, for commenting on 'His Kind of Woman.' I'm glad you liked my little tribute to Buk.

    Catherine Arnold – Aug 16, 2012

    Hi Ann, thank you very much for your comment on the 0lmsted-referencing piece ;). I'm amazed that you ran across it on here! I look forward to reading your stories, starting with the Daniel Ortega one.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Aug 13, 2012

    Thanks for your long, flattering fave on Sapperstein.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 11, 2012

    Thanks, Ann, for commenting on and faving "Bare, Ruined Palace."

    Gessy Alvarez – Aug 09, 2012

    Thanks Ann for reading "Notebooks." I guess most of my pieces are pretty quiet...makes them hard to publish as individual stories. Don't really care though. Keeping my eye on the big book and all. Cheers!

    Gloria Garfunkel – Aug 09, 2012

    Ann, thank you for your gentle comment about Suicide Notes.

    John Riley – Aug 08, 2012

    Thanks for commenting on "Did You Get Two." Glad you liked it.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 05, 2012

    Loved your comment on "A Thousand Books," Ann. Thanks for the fave!

    Penny Goring – Aug 03, 2012

    ooh, i didn't mean 'doors to open' as in the Doors of Opportunity or The Doors to the Palace etc. More accurate would be to say: i like the way you force the boundaries ... of what we can/cannot do with our words. That is what you do for me - I see boundaries falling away and I loves it.

    Penny Goring – Aug 03, 2012

    Okay, I just saw your message on my wall re: WHAT. Hilarious! X

    Gloria Garfunkel – Aug 02, 2012

    Ann, thank you so much for your sweet, thoughtful, lengthy response to Reading and the Table. The fave is much appreciated. I liked the way you described the directness of the story, its responses, and cited the quote.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 02, 2012

    "Was that phrase Jimmy Carter's in Playboy originally?" Yes, but he took it from the Bible.

    Really great idea and execution, Ann! I look forward to everything you post.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 30, 2012

    Thank you for your sweet comments on The Sneeze.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 27, 2012

    Thank you for your excellent comment on Spaghetti Woman and the fave. I found and enjoyed Lesson 38.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 27, 2012

    Thanks for commenting on "Annulling the Future," Ann. The bride is an allegorical figure. She's the future!

    Gessy Alvarez – Jul 25, 2012

    Hi, Ann. Thanks for reading and faving "Pink Dress." It's funny, you perfectly described my childhood. Lots of dangerous things that in hindsight were not so dangerous. I think I need to keep working on the pathos of the situation. I sort of hinted at the pathos behind the mother's reaction at the end. Will keep fine tuning this one.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 23, 2012

    In response to your note on my wall, I love the concept of tempo applied to Unmailed Letter to B'go. Someone's thoughts can be very racy even if the person doesn't seem so from the outside. That was my impression of this narrator. You are right. It is not a clinical observation, it's an observation of the tempo of the piece. I don't think in terms of music, but you are right. The piece is very musical. Like the Flight of the Bumblebee.

    Gessy Alvarez – Jul 23, 2012

    Thanks, Ann for commenting on "Dumb-Waiter." I'm trying out these exercises in form. Trying to chisel away and find the soul. It's quite fun actually.

    Ann Bogle – Jul 23, 2012

    Our reading this afternoon at Common Good Books in St. Paul featured Jason Lee Norman, on tour from Canada with his flash collection, Americas, Jefferson Hansen of Minneapolis and me of St. Louis Park (one block west of Minneapolis). Garrison Keillor owns the bookstore; he came in an hour before the reading then sat at a window table at the cafe around the corner. It was the first time I had seen him in person. He looked a little scruffy, not shaven, and his jeans sagged in the rear in a very particular way, red sneakers. It was fun in the way that makes me want more, yes, more! Deals, contracts, connections, tours, and not to steal anything I don't believe in.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 23, 2012

    Thanks for the fave and incisive comments on Birds of Prayer 2 and the invitation to the unpublished flash fiction group. Thanks for all your help. You seem to be everywhere at once. It's amazing.

    Marcus Speh – Jul 22, 2012

    I've seen your wall, Ann. Intrigued.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 22, 2012

    Thanks for faving and for the great comment on the Tapeworm poem!

    Ann Bogle – Jul 22, 2012

    (N'd, cont'd) I dread bad news from the diagnosed or missed diagnosis part of the population, such as a mad man's killings. It implicates innocent people.

    Ann Bogle – Jul 22, 2012

    (N'd, cont'd) Perhaps I'll put that on my wall, tho a writer once said at Fictionaut that to write on one's own wall is masturbation.

    Ann Bogle – Jul 22, 2012

    (N'd, cont'd) Where should I write this, on which writer's wall? I think they're acting like to repudiate Christian heritage and claim a Jewish relative supersedes difference in talent automatically. My mother taught me once early not to make blood arguments.

    Ann Bogle – Jul 22, 2012

    (N'd, cont'd) I have not one Jewish great uncle that anyone has described that way to me, and their names are Vernon, Sheldon, Jewell, Carleton, and Harlan, sisters Hazel and Ruth. When the Swedes came here from Sweden, they enlisted as Baptists, and the next generation though close as a family split Congregational, Episcopalian, and Baptist. Not a Lutheran in the bunch. On my mother's adoptive side there was Methodist-Episcopal, the denomination of Frederick Douglass.

    Ann Bogle – Jul 22, 2012

    N'd, a little lost, not all the way. Your day and the destiny or fate of the couch and loveseat slightly haunt and distract me from thinking of the labor of getting them there, to the alley, and remind me of your saying that you like physical work.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 21, 2012

    Thanks so much for your long comment on Birds of Prayer part 1. I left you a long comment back.

    Roberto C. Garcia – Jul 20, 2012

    Hello Ann! I'm glad you enjoyed "Out of no way, way". Thank you for your awesome comment.

    Meg Pokrass – Jul 18, 2012

    Thank you Ann!

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 16, 2012

    Ann, I loved the comment you left on my wall about Pig Girl. Where did I get my chops? It's a long convoluted story. I'll try to make it short.

    Martha Nichols – Jul 16, 2012

    Ann, have you checked out Theresa Williams's The Letter Project (website)? On a different wavelength than your "B'go," but I love the way she explores the way we communicate and evolve different ideas about ourselves through letter writing.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 06, 2012

    Ann, thanks for the comment on and fave of "I Can Take Satan." Showdown is right--I was thinking Westerns when I wrote the poem!

    Barry Basden – Jul 04, 2012

    Thanks, Ann, for your praise of 'Hints of the Blitz.' I can't get over what we do to each other...

    Andrew Stancek – Jun 17, 2012

    Ann, your kind words about "Witness" are much appreciated.

    Lucinda Kempe – Jun 16, 2012


    Thank you for the fav on Pussy T. Much appreciated. I got so happy to get another fav that I deleted the story by mistake! Ha.

    "Keep coming, Lucinda."

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 16, 2012

    Thanks for faving "Under Commiseration," Ann!

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 09, 2012

    Thanks for faving "Picking the Bark Off Experience," Ann. Love your comment.

    Adam Strong – Jun 09, 2012

    Ann, thanks for the mighty kind words on my story, Proper Grammar, glad you enjoyed it!

    ABxx – Jun 06, 2012

    Thank you for the fav on "History", Ann. It was much appreciated!

    Cherise Wolas – May 30, 2012


    Thank you for your wonderful words about The Lake. So appreciated. Haven't been on FN at all of late, so it was lovely to post such a long piece and receive your wonderful response!

    J.A. Pak – May 24, 2012

    Ann, thanks so much for reading "Dummies Guide" and commenting. I feel very much the same. Looking forward to reading more of your pieces and to future conversations.

    Barry Basden – May 20, 2012

    Thanks, Ann, for your * for three more of my war micros. And your somewhat surprising characterization of the topic. It's never been hard for me to write about, having been consumed with America's many wars for a long while now--doing oral histories, co-writing a memoir, and and and.... Someday, though, I will surely stop. Thanks again for reading and commenting on these.

    Rick Rofihe – May 01, 2012

    Thanks for thoughtfully and kindly commenting on "My Mother Is My Sister" memoir, Ann -- and I certainly appreciate the fave!

    Sakena Patterson – Apr 30, 2012

    I love it here! Thanks for inviting me, Ann!

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 26, 2012

    Thanks for faving "Stevie's Knees," Ann. Always appreciate and enjoy your comments!

    Michael Gillan Maxwell – Mar 26, 2012

    Hi Ann,
    Fascinating interview with you this week. I've incorporated some of the same kinds of devices and references to the I Ching in much of my visual art over the years so I found it very interesting to hear (read about) you exploring those ideas within the context of your writing practice. I am really looking forward to reading your piece.

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 18, 2012

    Love your use of "sidesaddle" to describe "Rattlesnake Pancakes." Great! Thanks for the comment and the fave, Ann.

    Rick Rofihe – Feb 10, 2012

    Thanks so much for your kind words for "Feeling Marlene", Ann.
    Very very best,

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 10, 2012

    Thanks for faving "Babble," Ann. You probably read it in fwriction : review. Childhood and literature--they somehow go together!

    Rick Rofihe – Feb 05, 2012

    Thanks so much for commenting on IGGY, Ann -- it's a sunny though not-quite-spring day here in NYC and I'm doimg my best to ignore the Superbowl!

    Michael Gillan Maxwell – Feb 05, 2012

    Hi Ann,
    I don't remember if I already asked you this. I saw the reference to Binghamton in your profile. Did you study or teach at the university there? I'm not all that far way from Binghamton - Finger lakes - NY State.

    Michael Gillan Maxwell – Feb 05, 2012

    Hi Ann! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on "Into the Heart of the Night." I'll try not to make a pun about this brief sketch of a sketchy guy in briefs being even briefer - whoops- too late! Great points to consider and to which I will be giving serious consideration. This all just came out, unplanned and spontaneously in one fluid piece (which almost never happens)like a bolt from the blue literally in the midst of reading one of Meg's stories (totally unrelated and completely dissimilar - but opened up some kind of channel) I decided somewhat impulsively to post it here in hopes of some feedback, which you have so thoughtfully provided and I sincerely thank you for that!

    Meg Pokrass – Feb 05, 2012

    thank you for what you said about "The Difference" and for who you are in this community, Ann!

    James Robison – Feb 04, 2012

    Fave. Your comment on Shotgun.

    Marcus Speh – Jan 31, 2012

    Thank you so much for commenting upon "<a href="">Happy Feet</a>"—gives me happy feet!

    Maren Sandt – Jan 10, 2012

    Thank you for appreciating and commenting on "I type her name into Google." I look forward to reading your work!

    Bill Yarrow – Dec 29, 2011

    Brilliant comment on "Need." Thanks so much, Ann!

    Marcus Speh – Dec 27, 2011

    thank you, ann, much appreciated as everything that you did and do for carol. all the relevant symbols, the stones the music, were there without my reflecting upon their relevance, but in hindsight i knew of this relevance to carol's life. cheers from berlin to you and all her friends over there.

    Bill Yarrow – Dec 22, 2011

    Hi, Ann. Thanks for commenting on "Magritte." Happy holidays!

    Alex M. Pruteanu – Dec 19, 2011

    Thank you so much for the nice words on my story "Vanya."

    Marcus Speh – Dec 19, 2011

    i like them funky, ja. (like your new profile picture!) thank you, ann!

    Meg Pokrass – Dec 19, 2011

    thank you for your comment and fave on my story Ann. And i just changed the name to "Trussed" - had no idea there was another "Fox" piece up! xoxo-meg

    Bobbi Lurie – Dec 09, 2011

    Dear Ann,
    Thank you for reading my piece, Soliloquy on Ma, and for your comments.

    Jack Swenson – Dec 01, 2011

    Yippee! I was hoping you would comment, Ann. How are things back in the Land of Sky Blue Water? Kinda nippy, I suppose.

    Marcus Speh – Nov 20, 2011

    i am seriously flattered, ann (not just a saying—have a "flattr" button <a href="">on my blog</a>: a very meaningful way to "fave"), and an opportunity to go back to those wolas pieces. cheers!

    Kathy Fish – Nov 17, 2011

    Ann, thanks for reading my story, "Baby, Baby..." the great comments and the fav!

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 17, 2011

    Thanks for faving "Fish Boil," Ann.

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 15, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on and faving "Before the Door," Ann. Interesting story about the locked gate.

    RW Spryszak – Nov 12, 2011

    Thanks for the invite Ann.

    ABxx – Oct 29, 2011

    Hello, Ann. Thanks so much for the nice commentary and fav on "Innocence"

    Sam Rasnake – Oct 26, 2011

    I'm glad you liked the Stafford passage, Ann. His threads run all through me.

    Ann Bogle – Oct 26, 2011

    I've used celebrities' names in stories, too, but now I would avoid it because it's like using canned sausage. It's a ready made image and persona. In your story, Sarandon is fictionally herself, and I like it.

    Chris Okum – Oct 26, 2011

    Ann, I'm just curious, but what is it about having the names of celebrities that irritates you? Appreciate your comment on my story, also. Thanks.

    Meg Pokrass – Oct 16, 2011

    Ann, thank you for your insightful remark about my story Or Do You Love It - you are so right, and that was something I wasn't conscious of when I wrote the piece, but it popped out. It is always there for a lot of us, that defense of a person's physical dignity... and it is interesting, just what that word "heavy" implies in this context. Thank you very much Ann.

    Christopher Allen – Oct 16, 2011

    Ann, thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on "The Shoes, the Girl and the Waves that Washed them Away". Very much appreciated. Hope you're doing well. Chris

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 12, 2011

    Thanks for reading "Satan and the Moon." I always love your take on my writing, Ann. Thanks for the fave!

    Meg Pokrass – Oct 12, 2011

    thanks for your comment on my piece from Gargoyle, Ann. I wrote it after hearing Amie Bender read from her new novel and it was all about smelling and tasting emotion in things... so was inspired to play with that idea

    Joani Reese – Oct 07, 2011

    Hi Ann: Thanks for liking my rejected (sob!) Nailpolish piece and especially for the link to Ted Hughes' poem.

    Meg Pokrass – Oct 01, 2011

    thank you so much Ann!

    Michael Seidel – Sep 28, 2011

    Hi Ann, glad you enjoyed "Our Time as Men"! Thanks for the comment.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 21, 2011

    Hi, Ann.
    Thanks for faving "The Sum Above." I liked your comment also.

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 20, 2011

    Ann- you surely made my day with your incredibly warm comment fave for "Throwing Back". Thank you a million times, that one is going to cheer me for a long while. xoxo

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 11, 2011

    Thanks, Ann, for your astute comments on "Bodgan" and for the fave. Much appreciated!

    Joani Reese – Jul 10, 2011

    Ann: Thank you for reading "Release." Approbation from you is praise indeed.

    Chris Okum – Jul 08, 2011

    Thank you for what you said about I Hate.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 06, 2011

    Thanks, Ann, for reading and faving "Black Ice."
    "beautiful, yet meaningless exemplar."--love this comment. Just like black ice--you can't see it and then you hit it and swerve off the road. My poems start to make much more sense to me after a sensitive and intelligent reader like you responds to them. Thanks!

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 17, 2011

    Glad you liked "Demolition Derby," Ann. Thanks for commenting and faving.

    Read "Obedience School" on your blog. Cool poem. "accusers and behoovers alike"!

    Bill Yarrow – May 25, 2011

    Thanks for your comments on "Getting Godless," Ann. I was, indeed, trying to stir it up. Touchy subject! Do you know Auden's definition of poetry: "the clear expression of mixed feelings." Not sure his definition fits this particular piece though. It's pretty dogmatic. Thanks for reading it.

    Bill Yarrow – May 12, 2011

    So happy to have you as a reader, Ann. Your comments always open my eyes. Thanks for commenting on "8 New Ways of Looking at Waffles."

    Jules Archer – May 07, 2011

    Ann - thanks for the * on Bleached. Appreciated.

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – May 06, 2011

    Ann, thanks so much,. Appreciate you reading cigarillo and your nice comments!

    Bill Yarrow – May 05, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on and faving"Semi Tiresias," Ann.

    M.H. – Apr 29, 2011

    Hi Ann - Thanks so much for your kind words on "The Last Swim"!

    Kathy Fish – Apr 28, 2011

    Ann, I love getting your response to my stories as I'm such an admirer of yours. Thanks so much.

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 27, 2011

    Thanks, Ann, for commenting on and liking "Bats in the Catacomb." Revelations, eh? Wow.

    Julie Innis – Apr 21, 2011

    Ann, thank you, really means a lot to me. I hope that we can meet for coffee again when next you're in NYC?

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 20, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on and faving "Addictions," Ann. Always fun to say uncompromising things.

    Meg Pokrass – Apr 19, 2011

    Ann - thank you for your comments on "Mammaries"! Much appreciated!

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 13, 2011

    Thought this ("The Truth Will Out") was fun, nothing more. Amazed people are faving it. Thanks for being one of those!

    Jack Swenson – Apr 01, 2011

    Ann, thanks for the star for "Big." Recognize the setting? Fergus Falls, Minn.

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 30, 2011

    Thanks, Ann, for the astute comment on "Disappearing Ink." Thanks also for the fave!

    Darryl Price – Mar 27, 2011

    I shall be checking out J.D.Smith!Thank you for the kind comments you made about my poem, "The Envelope and the Stamp." I do so appreciate your valuable time.And I'm very glad you found something worthy in it to like.

    Frankie Saxx – Mar 25, 2011

    Hi Ann. Thanks for your comment on Picking up Physicists. (I did not realize I was supposed to reply on your page. I did not mean to be rude. :)


    Susan Tepper – Mar 24, 2011

    Ann thanks for you good words on my story Shoes, so glad you liked!
    And good luck putting your collections together!

    Cherise Wolas – Mar 23, 2011

    AB - thank you so much for your wonderful comment on Sisters At The Lake, it made my day!

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 23, 2011

    Thanks for faving the Translator poem, Ann. Your judgments mean a lot to me.

    Meg Pokrass – Mar 18, 2011

    haha! you crack me up! I love white tuna sashimi! yes!

    Lynn Beighley – Mar 08, 2011

    Thanks for the fav on ????, Ann!

    AMTL – Mar 02, 2011

    Ann, Thank you so much for your kind comments on "1999, what I wanted." Greatly appreciated!

    Christian Bell – Mar 02, 2011

    Ann, thank you for your comments and fave on "Dear What I Wanted"!

    Lynn Beighley – Mar 01, 2011

    Thanks so much for your comments on 70,000 BC. I take them as a HUGE compliment!

    J. Mykell Collinz – Feb 28, 2011

    Hi, Ann. Thanks for reading '1965, what I wanted.' I greatly appreciate your comment, suggestion, and *.

    James Lloyd Davis – Feb 28, 2011

    Thank you, Ann, for the fave and the comments on "Letters in the mode nor #43." Your comments always make me think.

    Lavinia Ludlow – Feb 28, 2011

    thanks for the comment. by the way, you're very pretty.

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 23, 2011

    Thanks so much, Ann, for the astute comment on and fave of "Staring at Waves."

    Lou Godbold – Feb 23, 2011

    Thank you, Ann. Any compliment from you is a compliment indeed!

    Jane Hammons – Feb 19, 2011

    Ann, Thanks so much for your comment on Descanso--esp the religion.

    Meg Pokrass – Feb 17, 2011

    Ann - thank you so much for your kind words on "Tip" and forgiving use of the word "fart" which I may edit out. xoxo

    Ann Bogle – Feb 16, 2011

    At the recent AWP, author Claudia Rankine responded to a poem by Tony Hoagland called "The Change." Two documents at her website, AWP and Open Letter, pertain to their exchange and to her call for writers to write 1-5 pages about race:

    Hoagland's poem can be found here:

    Entries received by March 11, 2011, with "Open Letter" in the subject heading will be posted at her website the morning of March 15. The submission address is at the website. As it says in her instructions, please do not reference either Hoagland or Rankine in your writing but help construct a discussion around creative imagination and race.

    Ann Bogle – Feb 16, 2011

    Mary Gaitskill on Natsuo Kirino in Asymptote:

    Also available in Japanese.

    Robert Vaughan – Feb 04, 2011

    Hi Ann, thanks for your comments and praise of 10,000 Dollar Pyramid. I really appreciate it.

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 03, 2011

    Hi, Ann. Thanks so much for your great comment on and fave of "Wahrheit und Dichtung." Was fascinated by your forums on faves and reviving ignored work. When I first put this piece up, I got one comment (yours) and one fave (yours). Interesting experiment, this "republishing."

    M.H. – Feb 02, 2011

    Hi Ann - thanks for the generous comments on "Nothing Good..." :)!

    Robert Vaughan – Feb 02, 2011

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments on "10,000 Dollar Pyramid," Ann. It means the world coming from you. I left you a response on the story page also. Just wanted to be certain that you know I value your insights.

    Ann Bogle – Jan 22, 2011

    Fifty titles (max) appear on the profile page. I have posted 55 titles to date. Stories hidden from the page are: "Exchange Rates for Zynga," "at 'night' any night is can't," "Turning Thirty," "Steady Keel," and "Curfew." To pull them up, google the title + Fictionaut.

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 19, 2011

    Thanks for the fave of "George," Ann. Means a lot coming from you.

    Jane Hammons – Jan 17, 2011

    Thanks so much, Ann, for your comment and fave on Headstone.

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 14, 2011

    Thanks for faving "Whiplash Marriage," Ann. Some day I'll tell you the non-fiction story of the origin of that poem.

    Julie Innis – Dec 13, 2010

    Ann - I was at Washington Square Park last night admiring the Christmas tree and thought of you -- hope you are staying as snug as a bug in a rug this winter. As always, thank you for your kind words on my work. And for including it in Women Writers.

    Sara – Dec 10, 2010

    Thank you, Ann. I am so happy when you read my work.

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 22, 2010

    Loved your comment on "Dad and the Red Light." Thanks so much, Ann!

    M – Nov 10, 2010

    Ann: Thank you for your very kind words about white church, thank you for your close read and your insightful observations. I feel encouraged to keep working on the piece. Very much appreciated, Ann! -- Q

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 09, 2010

    My face brightens when I see a comment about my work (not to mention a fave!) from you, Ann. Thank you for commenting on and faving "I Am Not a Corpse." Love your gendered reading here.

    re: the use of slut in poetry. See "sluttish time" in Shakespeare's Sonnet #55.

    Cherise Wolas – Nov 08, 2010

    Ann, thanks so much for reading Unpacking Sentences and for being the first fav! I did not think of Lish at all, actually this started out as my playing around with a main character's voice in a full-length writing project, and this emerged... actually all that emerged from her and in her voice was far far darker than I had imagined! I have reading of your work to catch up on!

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 07, 2010

    Thanks for the fave of and great comment on "Florid Psychosis," Ann.

    Kathy Fish – Nov 02, 2010

    GREAT photo! Thanks, Ann, for kind words for "Margaret & Beak." I feel lucky every time you read one of my stories.

    Jack Swenson – Nov 02, 2010

    High praise, Ann. Glad you liked "Pixie."

    M – Nov 02, 2010

    Ann: I am so glad you enjoyed "motorcyle for a dream..." Thank you for reading and commenting. I look forward to reading your work. -- Q

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 01, 2010

    Thanks, Ann, for faving "Convictions." I love having you as a reader!

    Kathy Fish – Oct 24, 2010

    Ann, I really appreciate you reading and faving "Stampede." Thanks!

    Sara – Oct 24, 2010

    Ann, Thanks for your kind note on Tomorrowland. It's nice to be back on the 'naut.

    Scott Garson – Oct 23, 2010

    hey Ann, yr story is up --so happy to have it :)

    Marcy Dermansky – Oct 18, 2010

    Great too meet you, too. Also, too much too quick. But still good.

    Jürgen Fauth – Oct 18, 2010

    Great to meet you, too, Ann!

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 18, 2010

    Thanks for commenting on and faving "Knot Eye," Ann. I wanted to completely confound the "Not I" of Eastern religion. My poetry mantra: And Now for Something Completely Different!

    Kathy Fish – Oct 14, 2010

    Thanks, Ann, you really made my day!

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 14, 2010

    Thanks, Ann, for your lovely comment about and fave of "Truman Compote." Thanks for finding it!

    Jack Swenson – Oct 13, 2010

    Ann, you are right, of course. Same disconnects, different echoes. Thanks for the fave for "Water, Water."

    Kathy Fish – Oct 10, 2010

    Thanks, Ann, for the lovely comment and star for "Looking for Samuel Beckett."

    Ann Bogle – Oct 08, 2010

    The radio show is called WordPlay. The direct link is

    Ann Bogle – Oct 08, 2010

    Tune in Sunday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. EDT when Jeff Davis interviews Ann Bogle and airs excerpts of her Oct. 5 Marshall, NC reading at

    Cherise Wolas – Oct 08, 2010

    Ann, thank you kindly for your fabulous comments on what was Redux - Things I Should Have Done #4 - since renamed Heartbreak Waiting To Happen. I am thrilled by what you have felt by that series. I actually tinkered a bit with the ending, but kept "answers aforethought"!

    Lori Lou Freshwater – Sep 29, 2010

    Ann, I had your story cued up in an open tab when you offered your gracious comments on the thing that needs a title. You're right, and I will give it one. Thank you, and I thoroughly enjoyed your (my) road-trip.

    stephen hastings-king – Sep 29, 2010

    Hello Ann. I'm pleased you liked "Event Particle." Thanks much for the read & comment & asterisk.

    David Ackley – Sep 28, 2010

    Thanks Ann. If the story's 'the stuff' for you it's the right stuff.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 27, 2010

    Thanks, Ann, for your wonderful comment on "Son of Uncle Sam." Means a lot to me.

    Susan Tepper – Sep 27, 2010

    Ann, love your new photo, just beautiful. & thanks for fav and comment on my vagina girl story (centerpiece).

    Cherise Wolas – Sep 21, 2010


    Thank you for your great comments on Sisters At The Lake and for the fav. As always, your comments are so insightful. I followed that thread about the reading... so perhaps we'll get to meet in October!

    M.H. – Sep 19, 2010

    Hi Ann,
    Thanks for reading & faving "Orgin" - I'm so glad you liked the story!

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 13, 2010

    Thanks, Ann, for reading and commenting on "Black Squirrel Poem." Appreciate your comment about the ending.

    White squirrel, eh? Sounds satanic!

    Ann Bogle – Sep 11, 2010

    Stories posted: 40, of which two are in two parts: “Hoss Men (divided)” and “Hoss Men (continued)” and “Hymen” and [“The Wedding”]—[“The Wedding”] because it can stand alone as a reply to a prompt and “Hoss Men” because it is too long to connect as one piece. Stories deposted: 3. As we know, there are publications that will not consider work that has appeared elsewhere. If it seems my pieces are beginning to disappear, that is the likely reason.

    Stories: 18
    Poems: 5
    Essays: 17

    “Indeterminate prose” narrative seems a more accurate term for the third group than “essay.” It takes into account not only the distinction between fiction and nonfiction, sometimes blurred, but also characteristics of form. Perhaps Harold Jaffe coined the term, “indeterminate prose.” It appeals to me for its specific uses more than the general label “creative nonfiction.”

    “Prose is not a genre but a multitude of genres.”

    —Lyn Hejinian in The Languag

    ABxx – Sep 11, 2010

    Hi Ann. Thanks for the feedback on "The Russian and the Room 10". It was much appreciated. I look forward to reading your work. I.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 10, 2010

    Thank you for commenting on and faving "Bone Density," Ann.

    Ann Bogle – Sep 08, 2010

    Today I'm feeling mathematical. Relating to arithmetic, defined as: "The mathematics of integers, rational numbers, real numbers, or complex numbers under addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division."

    The story I'm writing will have 50 parts of 55 words each. It will be 2,750 words long including its title or eleven 250-word segments. With luck, it will pass as fifty stories within a story. With further luck, it will pass as eleven stories within a story, but I don't know how that will work out yet. It will belong to two of the math groups here at Fictionaut: The 55-word story and 52/250.

    I just tallied up the number of stories I have fav'd: 249.
    The number of fav's received: 252.

    Go figure!

    Angela Alexander – Sep 02, 2010

    Thanks for the welcome Ann! I'm very excited to be here.

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – Aug 31, 2010

    Ann, thanks so much for your generous comment and fav on my story Can't Wait. What wonderful words to wake up to this morning. Peace...

    Roberta – Aug 26, 2010

    Thank you for the comment on 'Cider Bubbles.' That one was awfully fun to write.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 17, 2010

    Thanks, Ann, for faving "Self Alaska." Glad you liked it. Thanks for commenting.

    Sarah Sarai – Aug 16, 2010

    Thanks, Ann. Nice to see a friendly brainy face.

    James Robison – Aug 14, 2010

    Thanks for good reading of Prologue-or one I appreciate a lot.

    George LaCas – Aug 13, 2010

    Thank you, Ann, for your "Godot" comments.

    Kim Conklin – Aug 13, 2010

    Thanks for the generous comment and the fave on Midnight Riders, Ann. I usually go for the real, too, but once in awhile, something just comes over you...

    Cherise Wolas – Aug 12, 2010

    Ann, thank you for your comments and the fav on In The Lake. I posted, had to leave, came back, and whoosh... I was wowed by the number of comments and favs in such a short time. Thanks about liking the ending. I understand Kathy Fish's idea, about leaving it ambiguous, but it was important to me that it be clear it was two sisters, and until the mother calls to her daughters, that is not patent. Also, the normalcy of being called for lunch... I have actually gone on with this story... Are you coming to NY?

    Julie Innis – Aug 09, 2010

    Ann, Solzhenitsyn Jukebox is a treasure - thank you for putting this collection together for the rest of us.

    Matthew Salesses – Jul 16, 2010

    Thank you for commenting, Ann.

    Susan Tepper – Jul 11, 2010

    Ann, since I'm a big fan of your work, a comment and fav from you really makes my day. Thanks so much for Summer in the City. (and LOVE your new photo- enchanté

    Tia Prouhet – Jul 09, 2010

    Hey, Ann. Thanks for the nice words about "Sock me.." today.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 06, 2010

    re: "The Sky is Simply White." You're too kind. Thank you, Ann.

    NE – Jul 04, 2010

    thanks for the comments A i owe you a beer

    Claire King – Jul 04, 2010

    Hello Ann, thanks so much for your helpful comments on 'Tyler is learning...' I'm figuring out how to edit it to make the cultural references less distracting. Also thank you for the * It's a great relief, I was worried this one may sink into the murky depths!
    Love your profile, I look forward to reading your pieces. In fact I've been trying to read Raisins all week but toddlers keep jumping on me.

    Cherise Wolas – Jul 02, 2010

    Ann, are you back? Thank you so much for your comments on Lake Chelan! Can't wait to hear the rest about Montreal. Loved Raisins!

    Rick Rofihe – Jul 02, 2010

    Thanks for liking "NEVER Drunk, ALWAYS Disorderly" -- I appreciate (and, laughed at) your comments.

    Carol Reid – Jul 02, 2010

    Ann, thank you for reading and commenting on my ancient story.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 02, 2010

    Thanks, Ann, for the asterisk on "Magritte."

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 29, 2010

    Thanks for commenting on "Life with Fish." I'm really pleased you liked it.

    Cherise Wolas – Jun 29, 2010

    Congrats on the Fictionaut Fave selection by Bill Yarrow!

    Robert Vaughan – Jun 15, 2010

    Hi Ann, so happy that you are on Fictionaut. I love your writing and it inspires me. Thanks for that.

    Rick Rofihe – Jun 14, 2010

    There are SO MANY nail salons and such in NYC -- sometimes, at a distance, the street-level ones appear to me at first glance to be coffee shops, and then....
    Many thanks for your reading of, and thoughts on,"Me You. Love."

    Meg Pokrass – Jun 14, 2010

    Thank, Ann - for your words about Kumquat Soda. I was sort of stunned by the comparison to uh.. Flannery.. and I still can't think about that! You are such a generous reader!

    Pia Ehrhardt – Jun 14, 2010

    Thank you for the read, Ann. It's tough not to see metaphors everywhere down here where terrible things keep happening. Sigh.

    Jack Swenson – Jun 12, 2010

    Ann, I'm glad you like my stories. I am in awe of yours. You have extraordinary talent.

    Jack Swenson – Jun 08, 2010

    Ann, thanks for your perceptive (as always) comments on "Perversion." To me, the librarian's plight was heart-breaking; maybe I had too little sympathy for the poor girl with the brutal boyfriend. As you say, both are sad. The hapless men are the intended targets of the satire; I hope that comes across.

    Cherise Wolas – May 31, 2010

    Really Ann, are you like my most wonderful literary fairy? Forget the godmother appellation!

    That I write like an old hand, girl. Loved that. I felt like a cowgirl for a few moments, and then realized what great praise you threw my way.

    The beauty of not being able to properly sleep: you start working at 5 am, and by 11 am, you're wiped and it's time for a cocktail!

    Ann Bogle – May 30, 2010

    Leslie Scalapino is the most contemporary on my list of writers of influence, the one I turn to again and again to understand what's coming, what happens, what's next, among the most clairvoyant yet difficult writers in memory. Where will we turn now that we are to be without her? Leslie Scalapino RIP.

    Cherise Wolas – May 27, 2010

    Following up on the forum thread I started about reading longer works, I am printing out Dumb Luck as I write this! Looking forward to the read.

    Sara – May 24, 2010

    Thank you, Ann. So glad it worked for you. Hope you're doing well, S

    Rick Rofihe – May 21, 2010

    Thanks for the kind words for "Cousin" -- it was inspired by the death of a cousin of mine, who, after marrying the nephew of the Prime Minister of England at the time, and then adopting a young girl and then a young boy, died way too young, and cruelly. As for the name "Bim" in Elevator Neighbors", I had a cousin called "Bam" (two of his brothers were called "Sheeb" and "Humm") -- never heard the name elsewhere until a "Bam" became President.
    As ever,

    Meg Pokrass – May 21, 2010

    Ann - thank you for your kind words about "proposal":) -meg

    Bill Yarrow – May 20, 2010

    Thanks, Ann. Sounds intriguing. You'll find someone. I'm a fan of Minnesota ever since my son went to college in St. Paul. Beautiful state.

    Bill Yarrow – May 20, 2010

    Interesting! My work is with real diaries. 5000+ published. Many historical societies publish them. Is the hook of this one her living to be over 100? The time period covered? Some aspect of her career? How's the writing itself? The best diaries, like Barbellion's and Bashkirtseff's, are by candid "nobodies" who wrote extremely well.

    Bill Yarrow – May 20, 2010

    Appreciate the read and comment on "Axes." Everything you say is helpful.

    Bill Yarrow – May 20, 2010

    Thanks for saying this ("The Deterioration of My Handwriting") is a story crafted as a poem. That's what I'm going for in a number of these. Flash poetry perhaps! Thanks for the read. I'm grateful.

    Bill Yarrow – May 20, 2010

    Really interesting comment on "Wahrheit und Dichtung," Anne. Thank you!

    Yes, you are exactly right--either stanza can be read as either (though, autobiographically, the second stanza is the invented one).

    My father died from asbestosis, but maybe that's just a different kind of suffocation in a different kind of snow.

    Verifiable is great term to use for wahrheit. The past may be actual, but memory is not verifiable!

    Bill Yarrow – May 15, 2010

    Thanks, Ann, for your kind comments about "Greyhound" and your musing about the relationship between poetry and fiction. I agree that poetry that tells a kind of story and has the "shape of fiction" with a focus on character is not at all the same as narrative poetry. I would be interested in what you thinks of my other posted poems in this unnamed vein: "Wahrheit und Dichtung" (reverses Goethe's title--one stanza is Wahrheit [truth] and the other Dichtung [poetry], "Crossing the Center Line," and perhaps "Axes." [Sounds like I'm giving you "homework"! Don't mean it to be. I just appreciate your insight and critical eye.]

    Michael J. Solender – May 14, 2010

    Thx for enjoying and commenting on my Sunday Cookout story!

    Julie Innis – May 12, 2010

    Ann, thank you for your words on Atonement. The alligator says hello.

    Ann Bogle – May 10, 2010

    The Two Raymond Carvers by Giles Harvey in The New York Review of Books:

    Jack Swenson – May 09, 2010

    Hiya, Ann. Glad you liked my May 17 story. Should I claim the setting of the story is White Bear Lake or Moorhead?

    Meg Pokrass – May 09, 2010

    Ann, thank you so much for your nice comment on the hairguy's dog piece. It means a lot!

    Walter Bjorkman – May 08, 2010

    Ann, thanks for the read (& listen) on Dirty Mother For Ya'. Just clearin' out the misogynist closet before tomorrow, and a lonesome wail as to how Father's Day is so secondary (also thanks for not sending out a hitma . . er, hitwoman)

    Stephen Carter – May 07, 2010

    Hi Ann,

    Thanks so much for reading my story and for your thoughts and observations. I think you described it pretty well.

    I didn't know about the penis challenge on the other thread...i'll take a look at it.

    Thanks again.

    Sara – May 06, 2010

    Ann, my pleasure. Your work is some of the smartest, most startling and charged stuff I've seen in a long, long time. I love how you consistently push boundaries and challenge the reader to think about narrative. It's exciting to be in your hands.

    And thank you, for your kind note on To-Die-For. It's an old one and a long one, so I really appreciate the read.

    Ann Bogle – May 06, 2010

    Mike Geffner's weblog, Mike's Writing Workshop and Newsletter, at, is a source of interviews with authors, archival audio and video tapes, and advice columns for writers.

    "Tighten, Tighten, Tighten," "How It Makes Sense," "A Note on Modernism," "Go Home," and "Cut It Up" are columns I wrote last year:

    Susan Tepper – May 04, 2010

    Ann, Dusie was there and sends you hugs back. Great new photo, btw

    Marc Lowe – May 02, 2010

    Many thanks for your comments on "RE[a]D." Appreciate the close reading, and glad you liked it enough to "fave" it.


    Rick Rofihe – May 02, 2010

    Again, thanks -- this time for your very generous response to "Scar".
    Very best,

    Rick Rofihe – Apr 25, 2010

    Thanks very much for the kind words and keen observations on "chicagoo" -- if you like lists, try
    and for nonfiction,
    Very best'

    Jane Hammons – Apr 21, 2010

    Thanks so much for you comment on the "poetic prose" of Pleiku Jacket.

    Lori Lou Freshwater – Apr 20, 2010

    Hi Ann, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on Bill Franklin. I look forward to reading your work, and I love your list of authors.

    Kirsty Logan – Apr 20, 2010

    Thanks for your comment on Zom Prom Mom, Ann! I think you're right about its further/final form. I think I was hinting at a story that I didn't actually manage to tell.

    Ben Loory – Apr 19, 2010

    it's very funny to think of borges in wisconsin. it sounds kind of like a movie wes anderson might make.

    Ann Bogle – Apr 19, 2010

    Fictionaut Faves 4/12/2010:

    Walter Bjorkman – Apr 17, 2010

    Thanks for reading 'Poetipedia' - now I have to go check out Bok & Harris, not sure they are in Poetipedia (have to maintain low standards)

    Darryl Price – Apr 16, 2010

    I like this cool new picture!

    Ben Loory – Apr 14, 2010

    p.s. that's awesome about borges! where was that?

    Ben Loory – Apr 14, 2010

    thanks ann bogle! and i know what you mean-- i keep running over and opening it up to make sure it's still there!

    Foster Trecost – Mar 31, 2010

    Hi Ann, thanks for reading Eight States Away, and thanks for the comments, too. foster.

    Jason McCormick – Mar 30, 2010

    Thanks for the comments, Ann!

    Walter Bjorkman – Mar 29, 2010

    Ann - thanks for reading 'uptown/bowery', appreciate.

    Finnegan Flawnt – Mar 29, 2010

    thanks for that mini story on the aftermath of "irish salad", which i enjoyed greatly, ann! like your presentation of those 3 gems at

    Ann Bogle – Mar 27, 2010

    Jason McCormick – Mar 20, 2010

    Thanks Ann!

    Tide Lake – Mar 20, 2010

    Thanks for the invitation. Will read your stories to keep from bumping my head.

    Sara – Mar 19, 2010

    Ann, Thank you so much for the thoughtful, close read of my work. I'm so glad Girl worked for you.

    Meg Pokrass – Mar 16, 2010

    thank you so much for the words about the parrot story and others, Ann. You are a great support.

    Meakin Armstrong – Mar 16, 2010

    Thanks for your comment on my story! Appreciate it.

    Jack Swenson – Mar 15, 2010

    Ann, Thanks for the comments and the star for "The Birds." It's always nice to get a thumbs up from you.

    Jack Swenson – Mar 09, 2010

    Re: that last line in "Quitting." She's just being sarcastic. As for the story's inspiration, my wife is a smoker; I was. Quitting was hell. I don't badger my wife, but I wish she would toss the cigs. I worry about her health.

    Stephanie Austin – Mar 09, 2010

    You studied with Lorrie Moore? Jealous.

    Katrina Gray – Mar 06, 2010

    Ha! I say "Marcus Welby" for "might as well be" too! I'm pretty sure I got it from Beavis and Butt-head.

    Barry Friesen – Mar 05, 2010

    Kind of you to look at "Ethical Seduction," Ann. I chortled at the line you quoted: it stayed with me, too.

    Finnegan Flawnt – Mar 03, 2010

    ann, your writing on your own wall brought me back here. i feel good about that. the camel question has long bothered me, too-do let me know if you find the answer. camels are such an underestimated species, but so useful. in the desert.

    Ann Bogle – Mar 03, 2010

    I made it out tonight. I scratched my car backing out of the garage in the ice. That's the kind of car it is. I drank three beers with pizza. Young man from Okoboji, Iowa, new to the Twin Cities, asked, "Is it legal to own a camel here?"

    Ann Bogle – Mar 03, 2010

    Is not this the true romantic feeling - not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.

    -- Thomas Wolfe

    James Robison – Feb 12, 2010

    So when you were a kid you thought the NYer didn't take your cartoon because you had a cut? Right. Exactly. We always think our work is rejected because the editors can see our wounds. And yes, again, horizontal line.

    Lou Godbold – Jan 21, 2010

    Thanks, Ann! You always provide interesting literary references. Makes me feel like I belong to a body of work, rather than just fizzing away at the edges.

    Ajay Nair – Jan 18, 2010

    Read 'This was called war at one time'. Can only say that it is rich, complex and multi-layered and some parts of it are simply stunning. I am flattered that my little piece reminded you of it. And yes, distant war is good, if war is to be there at all.

    Ann Bogle – Jan 16, 2010

    Oksana Baiul!

    Ann Bogle – Jan 14, 2010

    BAmo writes:

    "Subject: Solzhenitsyn, etc.

    What an awesome piece of work.

    I'm not sure if I have ever told you, but I'm sure others have --- you have such a magnificent way with words.

    I often tell people the story about you moving out of your apt. in Binghamton. We were about to have coffee at my place, but you said you had left some at home. I told you that was nice but since everything you owned was packed you had nothing to put it in to bring to my house. You told me you would carry it in a pail. Coffee in a pail. I have thought about that for going on 20 years. I'm not sure, in a competition, which one places first --- Coffee in a pail or Does euthanasia make a people sexy.

    To me, those are words that will have me thinking forever. Thank you. That is what good writing is supposed to do, no!"

    Ann Bogle – Jan 14, 2010

    In the inbox today:


    Etymology:French, from feuillet sheet of paper, from Old French foillet, diminutive of foille leaf -- more at FOIL
    1 : a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader
    2 : something (as an installment of a novel) printed in a feuilleton
    3 a : a novel printed in installments b : a work of fiction catering to popular taste
    4 : a short literary composition often having a familiar tone and reminiscent content

    Ann Bogle – Jan 13, 2010

    A short review of my writing at Fictionaut:

    Thank you, reader!

    Mike Young – Jan 09, 2010

    Thanks, Ann! Yeah, he's terrific!

    Julie Innis – Jan 04, 2010

    Ann, thank you for your comments on House Sitter and for noting those lines. Now off to check out oneword. Best to you in the new year!

    Ann Bogle – Jan 03, 2010

    A simple writing exercise website. The site provides a single word. As soon as you see the word on the screen, you have 60 seconds to write about it.

    Jerry Ratch – Dec 27, 2009

    Thanks once again, Ann, for your lovely comment on my novel Wild Dreams of Reality.

    Jerry Ratch – Dec 26, 2009

    Thanka, Ann. That's a perceptive comment on my poem Laughter.

    Julie Innis – Dec 25, 2009

    Ann, Thank you so much for your kind comments on My First Serial Killer. And for sharing that you've had a R. Benson sighting! Big sigh. Hope you had a lovely Xmas.

    Nora Nadjarian – Dec 24, 2009

    Ann, thank you for finding my story EGG and commenting on it!

    Finnegan Flawnt – Dec 24, 2009

    thanks for the link to the ully dydo book review!

    David Erlewine – Dec 17, 2009

    Thanks, Ann, for your gracious note on "Why They Kill Presidents." Hope you are well and so nice to see your name here (again).

    Meg Pokrass – Dec 15, 2009

    thank you for your helpful eye, Ann!

    Meg Pokrass – Dec 15, 2009

    thank you for your helpful eye, Ann!

    Ann Bogle – Dec 13, 2009

    Harper's January issue is not yet online. There is a delightful excerpt in it of an interview with Jorge Luis Borges (1985). I can only say: read it. (Happily, you will also find a short story by T.C. Boyle there.)

    Ann Bogle – Dec 12, 2009

    I happened to read at Facebook today that Howard Junker has decided to read only from the slush pile at Zyzzyva, to publish only authors new to the magazine, and no longer to solicit mss. Interesting news for west coast writers, news of a different sort.

    Ann Bogle – Nov 14, 2009

    Visiting Fictionaut for the 3rd time today since it went public. I admit to liking the tighter atmosphere of the site while in beta, but I think Fictionaut remains exciting through its changes. A friend recently remarked that stories posted here will be regarded as "published," and I said, "It's a good place to publish then." Good then best: prestigious.

    Reading on deadline for the winter issue of Women Writers: a Zine. Send submissions to

    On hiatus farming at Farmville on Facebook. Mine was a permaculture ranch, but I just penned the goats (built their pen), a sign of commerce. Waiting for their craggy hill.

    Ann Bogle – Aug 31, 2009

    Traveling Sept. 1-8.

    David Erlewine – Aug 29, 2009

    Hi Ann, thanks so much for commenting on "Like Her" (and on my stories generally). I really appreciate your comment about the fictional world in those stories. That goes a long way. "Hurlophobia" remains one of the few stories I've written the past year (after not writing for years) that I feel "good" about. Thanks again...oh and I laughed reading your Perkins comment yesterday. Meant to comment on that but forgot. Best, David

    Ann Bogle – Aug 29, 2009

    (readings note, cont'd):

    Of all the writers whose lore I have heard and whom I almost met, it is Barthelme and Gardner who have meant the most to me since I attended their schools. After reading Joyce Carol Oates' focus on them in her essay, I feel I almost met her as well.

    When a friend was naming her second baby, she asked me. I suggested Joyce. I said to name a girl Joyce is like naming a baby Faulkner but what I said was Shakespeare. She ended up naming the baby Carrie.

    Ann Bogle – Aug 29, 2009

    Readings this a.m.

    Read Joyce Carol Oates' essay on mentoring in Narrative. It is the best piece of writing I've read there since buying a backstage pass a month ago. Joyce Carol Oates is a writer who embarrasses me to think and whose short pieces I read. I'm embarrassed that I saw her book Them in my high school library and was afraid to check it out. I hope she is near the top of my list of things to do. I theorized once that whole careers could be based on Joyce Carol Oates studies. I flinch when I hear her lightly dismissed by writers who have published two novels and read perhaps one of hers. Now I feel sorry for her besides all that, because she writes that even her husband, who died last year, rarely read her fiction. She writes she didn't have a mentor and even now longs for one. She tells stories of her meetings with Donald Barthelme and John Gardner, Barthelme who hadn't read her and liked her husband more and Gardner who read her and lectured at her like Luther.

    Sean Ferrell – Aug 26, 2009

    Thanks so much for your kind response to my story.

    David Erlewine – Aug 11, 2009

    Thanks so much for your comments on Hurlophobia and faving 25 words or less. You studied with Lorrie Moore! She remains one of my favorites. Can read her all day. Thanks again, David

    Gary Percesepe – Aug 08, 2009

    celerity is good

    Jensen Beach – Aug 08, 2009

    Thanks so much for your comments for and nod to my story "Training Exercise." I really appreciate it. Look forward to checking out your work, too. First three published stories by in The Quarterly! Impressive. Thanks again.

    Marcy Dermansky – Aug 03, 2009

    Wow, it's been fun reading all these nice comments from you, Ann. Thank you. I'll have to thank Gary for his Saturday afternoon poem. I'm so glad you like my fiction. Now, I'm looking forward to reading your stories.


    Ann Bogle – Aug 03, 2009

    Send fiction submissions following guidelines to Women Writers: A Zine at Next issue will appear in January. Reading period through November. Over 3 million people have visited the site, started in the 90s, since 2007.

    Darryl Price – Jul 27, 2009

    Ann--I just wanted to thank you for reading and commenting on my work. I listen to what you have to say and your thoughts and comments are very much appreciated.

    Darryl Price – Jul 14, 2009

    James Tate is my very favorite poet in the world and Lorrie Moore can do no wrong!

    Joe Bardin – Jul 07, 2009

    Re: your comment, at first I as all wha-at? But then, upon some re-reading, I became un-Bogled. Now I'm like, thanks Ann. Full cheers to you.

    James Robison – Jul 06, 2009

    Yeah, Robin's always right and I swim every day and someimes with real dolphins but they ignore me as they are eating, somewhat my situation with real poets. This is a good space. Your debut was just killer.

    Ann Bogle – Jul 06, 2009

    Robin Reagler said then, "When in doubt, swim." Sometimes swimming, sometimes flying with poets and poetry and poetics since 1996 online. This is the first dynamic internet space I've found for fiction writing. I'm eager for it. It's a privilege to be able to read the teacher at this age the same age as you were then.

    James Robison – Jul 06, 2009

    This is a good place to be, Ann. Glad you found it.

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