Another Sunday acceptance, this time of my micro-memoir sequence "Ugly Shoes," from BARREN MAGAZINE. This is the weird one that I started around the time I wrote "On Foot" (published in SLEAZEMAG, also a wandering essay about feet and bunions and shoes), and under the spell of the very flat voice in Beth Ann Fennelly's work and a novel by Elizabeth Strout. It's so unlike my normal creative nonfiction that I had no idea where to send it. In fact it's only had three rejections because I hardly sent it anywhere. I'm pleased that BARREN likes it.
BARREN is a new online zine. Their December issue will be their fourth. They're visually quite stunning, with beautiful photography, and their first three issues include a lot of writers whom I devotedly follow (Cathy Ulrich, A.E. Weisgerber, Paul Beckman. M. Stone, Anita Goveas, others). They mention in their acceptance letter that their overall acceptance rate for this issue was 4%. So I'm pleased to appear in their pages.