Have heart my writer friends: In the dead of winter, good things can come. For instance, my story “Arctic,” which I wrote in 2002 and had submitted to nearly seventy journals (and which was a finalist for the Glimmer Train very short story award) was finally published this winter in Open Road Review, a co-winner of their fiction award:
Open Road Review
The same story was just released in audio version, recorded by actor Dennis Boutsikaris as an example of what CDM audio studios will do with the winning story of their new Portable Stories Series contest. See contest and scroll down for audio file:
Portable Story Series
The contest is a chance for writers to get their story professionally recorded by professional actors–like with selected shorts–get a cash prize and help charities (readers downloading the files are asked to donate.). Thanks to Open Road Review for choosing “Arctic” and for CDM studios for recording it!
Nathan Alling Long’s stories and essays appear in over fifty journals, including Glimmer Train, Tin House, The Sun, Story Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Crab Orchard Review, Camera Obscura, and Indiana Review. His chapbook is available from Popular Ink Press. His work also appears on NPR and in a dozen anthologies.
Nathan has taught creative writing and Literature at various institutions, including Middle Tennessee State U., University of Richmond, and Virginia Union University. He currently is an Associate Professor at The Richard Stockton College of NJ, where he teaches creative writing; literature; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Nathan grew up in a cabin in rural Maryland and studied Literature at the University of Maryland (BA) and Carnegie Mellon (MA); he received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has hiked in the Himalayas, biked along both U.S. coasts, studied at a Thai monastery, lived on a commune in Tennessee, and for ten years cooked for a Buddhist meditation retreat in Oregon.
He now lives in the Germantown area of Philadelphia, PA. His dog Gracie (featured in the “This I Believe” essay found in the “Select Essays” page) passed away 11.11.11.