The shortlist for the Atlantic Writing Awards was announced last weekend. Since I did the web design for it, I already knew I wasn’t on it. This week I got my formal letter from the Fed, though, telling me my book wasn’t on it, with a handwritten note from Jane (my ex-co-worker) saying, “You should know that the jury cited your book, praising such a fine debut. You’d have blushed.”

I totally want to quote that on my reviews page, except I don’t know how to do so without sounding like this: “I didn’t win dick, but these people said something nice! BUY MY FREAKING BOOK!” Ha ha. I rock.

My poem “The Rainy Season” won first place for poetry in Strange Horizons’ 2005 Reader’s Choice Awards, though. Many thanks to everybody who voted for it!

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