Blog | November 4, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Awards! Advice! Ace Reading Material!

Greetings, Rioters. Happy November to you all. Please forgive my excess of exclamation marks. Let’s cozy up to some interesting literary links, shall we?

A bit of Word Riot author news: Michelle Ephraim, whose creative nonfiction appeared here in September 2012, has a new book out with Caroline Bicks, Shakespeare, Not Stirred. Booze and Shakespeare? I’m in!

Submission Notes!

If you have a store between 2,000 and 10,000 words, Recommended Reading‘s deadline is November 6th. They pay $300.

PANK Magazine lives! When co-editors Roxane Gay and M. Bartley Seigel decided to stop publication, new owners stepped in. New details will be coming soon.

(Speaking of Roxane,

Creative Nonfiction | September 15, 2012

My Hour Was Up by Michelle Ephraim

Listen to a reading of “My Hour Was Up” by Michelle Ephraim.

A year ago, while walking past a tattoo parlor in downtown Boston, I had a sudden urge to get my first tattoo. This was no youthful lark. I was 42, married, with three little kids and a full-time job. I’d been en route to Whole Foods (grapes, crackers, hummus) and The Gap (swimsuit for toddler). But in an instant I was rooted on the sidewalk, envisioning a wiry, goateed man in a leather vest happily etching out my request—the word lieben, the German infinitive to love, in black