I have one short story collection out - FAMOUS FATHERS & OTHER STORIES. My stories and essays have been in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Narrative Magazine, Oxford American, and Mississippi Review, and can be heard on NPR's Selected Shorts. I received the 2005 Narrative Prize and a 2007 Bread Loaf Fellowship.
William Maxwell - So Long, See You Tomorrow; Mary Robison - Why Did I Ever; Graham Greene - The End of the Affair; Cassandra at the Wedding - Dorothy Baker; and short story collections by Jim Shepard, William Trevor, Deborah Eisenberg, Amy Hempel, Mary Robison (again), Victoria Lancelotta, Frederick Barthelme, Antonya Nelson, Charles D'Ambrosio, and many many more.
Pia, I just checked and saw you commented on my story "Interstate" a while back. Thanks and I'm glad you liked it. I apologize for taking so long to respond.
Thanks Pia for commenting on my "Things I Didn't Do This Year" piece. I'm flattered that you liked the structure. The reminder of how hard it is to write true sentences.
Pia, thank you. Your comment on my story "Night Flower" made my day, my week. You are such a wonderful writer, it means so much to me. Thankyou.
Love your comment on "Annulling the Future." Thanks, Pia!
[Speaker could be a man or a woman, but probably a man since the speaker is so bothered by her "multiple lovers." I wrote the poem as an allegory, but many so people are reading "that bride" as a real person perhaps "the maid of weaponized affection" needs to be heard from too!
Hi Pia. Thanks for reading "Dumb-Waiter." Bolero jackets, bolero music...it's all good.
Thank you for finding me and favoring The Miracle of My Father's Hat. Your comment was beautiful and I wrote something back . Then I read Ambulance and was blown away. A comment there, too. I look forward to reading more of your fine writing.
Pia, your comment on "Unmailed Letter to B'go" is brave, gave me a turn of phrase or two to deeply consider. Thanks.
Thanks, Pia, for your comprehensive take on "Express." Mostly it's nice to see your work back here, setting a standard we'd all love to live up to.
Pia, thank you for reading Lake Chelan. It's so interesting that you found it unsettling!
Thanks, Pia, for giving me your time as a reader for my story "Virginia from Lungs, 1998." I so appreciate that and it means a great deal to me.
Pia, thanks for the attentive read and kind words re " Love Slut."
Pia, thanks so much for reading Deer and for your generous comments. You've given me insights on the piece that I was not consciously aware of, and I am very grateful
Pia, thanks for your more-than-generous comment about my patchwork story "Naked Ladies." And thanks for the idea! A novel it is--and of course dedicated to you.
Pia -- Thanks for your close read of Routine and your comment. So glad you liked that one; I really wanted it to pack a punch. Your Spill is with me still -- can I share it with others? Everyone should read that piece. Very good to meet you here, Pia.
Pia, thank you for reading Priest in Kilvanret and for your kind comments on the story. It has in fact been read aloud quite a few times at writers' meetings. I do a fair southern Irish accent.
Thank you, Pia. There's a Dickie's jacket somewhere in my own closet, but my wife doesn't speak Spanish.
Pia, thanks so much for taking the time to read about Peach and the Gas Station Guy, I really appreciate it!
Pia, Thanks so much for your note about "The Celebrity." Father Chaos is alive and well, as far as I know. I have written several tales in which he has a role. A book? You think?
Pia, I was just bowled over by " Spill" and had barely picked-myself up when here came your so generous reading and response to my story " See?" -- comments like yours, from someone so gifted carry me for weeks, first class on the writer's express.
Pia, thanks for all the great stories over the years, and a special thank you for the links to Hem. It's like a soundtrack for the new year for me.
You're beautiful and I love you...I've barely met you but I'm positive that you're the best kind of person...
Hi Pia, I loved your story, "A Man," in Spork 4.3. It's great to find more of your writing on this site! I'm looking forward to reading your short story collection.
Hi Jamey - I'm never sure how to post on my own wall, if anyone will know about it, but thank you for having your students read the SF story. That makes me feel great. Just found out the story's going to be included in Janet Burroway's/Eliz. Stuckey-French's bible's next edition. My middle name is Zaninelli - Italian - and I married a German. Ciao!
I read your story in New Sudden Fiction. My high school students love it, too. Love it. Love it. How'd you get such a unique name-your own, I mean.
Every time I try to leave a message for you it doesn't seem to get posted. I'm trying again. You are a wonderful presence here and everywhere. Thank you for your many good works and deeds. Much appreciated.
Hi Pia: Just wanted to thank you for reading my stuff and for your thoughtful words. And thank you for putting your own wonderful writing up. I suspect I'm not the only one here who revisits your stories regularly! Lauren
Hey Pia! Thanks so much for taking the time to read my little stories and leave comments both kind and helpful. In answer to your question, yes, these little bits are part of something larger...or at least that's the plan today. I enjoy reading your stories, too! Nice to "meet" you here.
I know! I will. I must.....
Thanks so much for the nice words, Pia. I love your work. Salutes to you!
I was so excited to read your story "Following The Notes" in the NEW SUDDEN FICTION collection. As always, it was a terrific read. The tension between the narrator and father, the father and mother, and the triangle of father, mother, and daughter was palpable. I felt such a pang at the end, at the daughter's efforts to bring some light to the father's misery/his sense of being "dumped." It brought back so many memories. I had that sense of truth, that "yes, that's just how it was" that's as painful as it is illuminating. Thank you.
Thank you, Pia, for your comments on Red! You made my day!
Your words about my story, Mars, made my day--a day otherwise bleak in just about every other aspect. So thank you.
Yes, I only wish there were more schools like ours. It's sad to see so many "regular" schools cutting back on the arts. Even at mine, the creative writing dept. is not as valued as the musical theatre or acting depts., mostly because creative depts. spend money and the performing make it. Money. *Sigh*
I also wanted to tell you that "Intermediate Goals" was one of my favorite stories I've read in quite awhile. I'm surprised more people don't mention it their reviews of "Famous Fathers." Or maybe I have atypical taste? The character voice is so strong. And the absurdity of walking around in a bear costume, getting hooked on both the anonymity and the attention of that. And then that heartbreaking moment where the narrator finally says something in her own words, but her ex doesn't realize, because this moment of honesty is so unusual for her, almost like the boy who cried wolf ...you give good ending.
Hey Pia, Thank you for your generous words about "Painted Faces." I think I learned a lot about my own story reading your response. It was kind of a weird head trip to hear from you as I literally just finished reading "Famous Fathers and other Stories" this morning, and your voice and your characters are very much on my mind.
Hi Pia: Thanks for your kind words re: "Erase." Just read "Ambulance" and was blown away. Add me to your long list of fans ...
Pia - Very best luck with your novels. I wrote to one of the writers you mention, but I cannot find info for Peter Landon. You might urge him to get in touch with me, if you know how to reach him. With or without MacAdam Cage, you'll be great. Victoria
Pia, thanks so much for your comments. Coming from you, they meant a lot. Happy New Year!
Thanks for the kind words.
I hope someone writes a great love poem for you sometime soon.
Famous Fathers and Other Stories cracked me up. I like your use of "all" followed by an adjective. I confess to using it in one of my essays.
I'm a fellow Narrative-ite. And I too was born on May 6th. So was Bob Seger.
It looks like the pretty woman playing the flute is trying to hypnotize that baby.
Hi, Pia! I'm good. Busy writing et al. And You? Do you happen to be in NYC? I'm going up Wednesday with my friend Jen who's going to read with Tao Lin, somewhere in Brooklyn.
Oh, man. I just got here, and already I'm being hazed.
Comment noted and corrected. Hi, Pia.
Hail to thee, dear Pia! Thanks and praise for inviting me in. Seriously mon ami -- this place is spacious and beautiful and exciting. Plus, I am loving those photos of you and your sisters. I wish I could zoom in. Or zoom back. I guess that's what stories