The Writers’ Room of Boston Fellowship named me as Finalist for 2018-2019. At the WROB reading and celebration last month, I got the chance to meet lots of the other Fellows and hear about their exciting projects! (And I ate lots of free cheese! And when I left my notebook and library book at the party, someone brought them down for me. So overall, 10/10.)
I hope to get some work done there in the future.
Check out my bio on their website.
OPOSSUM’s beautifully-designed Fall 2017 issue is now out in print (and vinyl!) and available for sale. The issue includes “The Beard,” my short story about loneliness, culling produce, and the unpredictable repercussions of getting a visible tattoo.
Put it on the turntable and give it a spin.
Gute Nachricht! My short story “Been Fighting Since” was longlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize.
Though I’m slightly disappointed not to get to hang out in Berlin for a month, I send freundliche Grüßen to the winners.
I heard from a stranger that the Pushcart folks had given my short story about killer killer whales, “Pods,” a Special Mention in the The Pushcart Prize XLI anthology. Turns out the rumors are true — see the photographic evidence provided by my mom! (I’m listed under my old name, which is how the story appeared.)
Thanks to Pinckney Benedict for nominating me, to Fjords Review for printing the story, and to the anthology for including me in such good company!
And RIP Tilikum.
FAMOUS MEN WHO NEVER LIVED, my debut novel, will be published next year. It’s literary sci-fi/alternate history that explores New York City, immigration issues, and how people deal with loss. (I’ll tag this post with one of my favorite disorienting NYC pictures.)
I’m delighted to be working with Tin House Books to bring this book to readers!
I got married and changed my name! (Did you know this is a complicated and ridiculous process? Talk to someone in your life who has been through it or read this illuminating take.)
Don’t get me wrong — I liked the name my parents gave me. I published my first stories as K Brattin. I won a fellowship as her. I don’t mean to confuse anybody. But I’m pretty stoked to be K Chess now, personally and professionally.
My music-and-obsession story “The Beard” will be published in a future issue of OPOSSUM. They do three music-themed online issues per year, plus a print edition that comes with a 7″ record! Pretty dope.
I’m now represented by Stacia Decker of Dunow, Carlson and Lerner.