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On Having Met You One Year Ago

A number of years ago–at different moments–we both took our first breaths. While you were living the life of a child in another state, I was born under a neon blue star in a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama that has since shut down. And that’s how we started, even though we didn’t know it yet.…

I shall call this one Terry. Terry the Triceratops.

Today, I Found a Dinosaur on my Run

Before I made the decision to move to Fayetteville, NC, I made a mental list of the many things I would miss about my previous town–Covington, GA. Now, for folks who grew up in Covington, a list like that may not be very long.  We seem to be predisposed to hating the places where we…

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From the Internet Graveyard: Accidental Artifacts

Note: This post originally appeared on We Poets Show It, a blog celebrating different forms of art. Recently, that website was forced to shut down. So, in an attempt to keep this story in the VN mythos, it has been recovered from the Internet Graveyard and re-posted here for your (maybe) pleasure. “Nearly every artifact…

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Of Love and Youth

James Joyce published this story that I teach occasionally called “Araby” (read it here) in a collection called Dubliners. In short, the story is about this young boy that has a massive crush on his friend’s older sister. The boy spends the first half of the story unsure of what it means to feel the…

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On Facebook Movies and Swallowing Lives

“I have been a swallower of lives; and to know me, just the one of me, you’ll have to swallow the lot as well.” -Saleem Sinai in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children This past week, Facebook celebrated 10 years. As part of the celebration, the website published sixty-second films of everyone’s “Facebook life.” My Facebook life,…

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Snowmageddon 2014: Fayetteville, NC Edition

I know that this won’t resonate with everyone who stumbles across this blog, but there is something magical about a “Snow Day” in the south. I grew up in middle Georgia, went to college fifteen miles from the Florida state line, and worked in south and north Georgia. Now, my time in Albany was riddled…

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Delilah Dawson Stops by for a Chat: Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of my conversation with Delilah S. Dawson, author of the Blud series available from Simon & Schuster (read part 1 of the interview here). Speaking of which, the third and final book in the Blud series drops today. Head over to Amazon (or your nearest Barnes and Noble) and pick…