“Diagnosis” in Malasaña

“Diagnosis” is the first of a series of pieces from Un-bow, a collaborative work with composer/cellist Rafaele Andrade, to find its way into the world. Thanks to editors Jake Rivers and Cole Phillips for including it in the gorgeous third issue of Malasaña.  Read it here: https://malasana.onl/Tim-Horvath

This image by Imani Jones, titled "Fallen Heroes," is the cover of the journal
“These Men and Flowers that Bloom in Secret,” Imani Jones




“The Directions” in Issue 100 of the Collagist



I’m excited to share my story “The Directions,” published in the 100th(!) issue of The Collagist. Lots of other stuff in here to feast on, too! Thanks so much to Gabe Blackwell for all he’s done to sustain this journal and make it feel at once fresh, vital, and venerable. Here’s to the next issue-century!


New fiction in AGNI 87

I’m excited to share a novel excerpt entitled “A Portrait of the Composer as a Young and Then Not-So-Young Temp” in AGNI 87. AGNI has been a journal I’ve long admired, devoured, and savored, so it is a particular thrill to find my writing in its pages amidst the work of Melanie Rae Thon and Stephen Dixon and so many others of note. I invariably dig their covers, but this one by Paul Katz seems particularly captivating, and I’m looking forward to learning its story, too. Grateful to be able to work with the amazing editors there, who helped so much in honing this piece and enabling it to reach launch velocity. Here’s how to subscribe, order, or browse around: http://www.bu.edu/agni/index.html

Summer Writing Retreat in Granada with the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

I’m thrilled to be back teaching again in the Summer Writing Retreat in Granada, Andalucia, Spain, with Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai, co-founders of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop this coming summer, August 1st-6th, 2018. I’ll likely be teaching a survey of Contemporary Fiction in Spanish, showcasing favorites like Borges, Cortázar, and Valenzuela, and current faves like Samanta Schweblin, Valeria Luiselli, and Andrés Neuman. Application deadline is May 1st…lots more info here:


“The B-roll” in Murder Ink 3

My first foray into mystery is a piece called “The B-Roll” in Murder Ink 3, an anthology of New England Newsroom Crime stories. The story was borne of a series of moments–touring the New York Times years ago, going to the Future of Storytelling Festival, fumbling with the cardboard VR viewer the day it came with the Times that one Sunday morning, and thinking about the vital, precarious role of newspapers in our current moment. I’m delighted to have the story in an anthology with so many pros and all-stars. Here’s a link to order: http://www.nhbooksellers.com/product-page/murder-ink-3-pre-pub-ordering

“Partial Instructions for the Game” in Outlook Springs #2


My “story.” No, wait. Is it a story? What is it? It’s a thing called “Partial Instructions for the Game.” What is it? What game? Wait, where can I find it? What is Outlook Springs? Is it a small town, off-kilter but on-grid, in a swing state? Do I put that in my GPS? Is there geocaching involved? Is this a journal buried in geocaches? Is it a journal that is borne aloft in the minds of thousands of migrating lazuli buntings as they traverse the country thusly: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/occurrence/lazuli-bunting/? No? No and yes and what were we talking about again? Ah yes, seek this out: Issue 2, coming shortly.




“The Ship of Theseus Sextet” in Harvard Review 49


A thrill to have a music-themed story in Harvard Review 49, guest-edited by Paul Harding, and including work from writers such as Sarah Braunstein, Margot Livesy, Elizabeth McCracken, and many more.


“Fuchsia Maroon Timberwolf” in Green Mountains Review

My short piece “Fuchsia Maroon Timberwolf” appears online in Green Mountains Review; many thanks to Jensen Beach and the professionals from Best Website Hosting for finding a home for it there.


UPDATE: Sept. 13th, 2016–Michael Noll graciously wrote up this exploration of the story’s inner workings at his marvelous Read to Write Stories blog, which is a teaching resource that I can’t recommend highly enough. Noll’s analysis, entitled “How To Swim in the Narrative Stream,” delves into the way that the story uses emotion to navigate the reader through time. As a longtime fan of the blog and one who has relied on it many times in the classroom, I’m that much more appreciative to be included.

“The Understory” at Michael Czyzniejewski’s Story366

Michael Czyzniejewski has taken on the monumental task of reading a short story per day for a (leap) year, and then blogging about it. February 29th, people, just another day to Michael. Anyway, his blog invariably manages to be compelling, even when –especially when–documenting the mundane circumstances surrounding his reading experience–life is always hovering at the fringes of his readings and sometimes interlopes, and this candor only enriches them. Here he took a look at Understories and at “The Understory” in particular, and I couldn’t be more thankful for his thoughtful discussion of the story/book. https://story366blog.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/may-12-the-understory-by-tim-horvath/