The Next Couple Months ...

... I will be at the following places:

Author/Editor Robert Swartwood featured December 16 at MAC

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Author and Hint Fiction editor Robert Swartwood will be featured with Morgantown Poets at 7 p.m. Thursday December 16, at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC).

The event is free and open to the public. The MAC is at 107 High Street, downtown Morgantown (beside Hotel Morgan).

In addition to writing books including The Silver Ring and In Solemn Shades of Endless Night, Robert created the term “hint fiction,” which limits stories to 25 words or fewer. This new form is showcased in Robert’s anthology Hint Fiction (published by W. W. Norton), which features such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, J. A. Konrath, and Peter Straub. He blogs at

Public parking is available near the MAC in the parking garage at the corner of Pleasant and Chestnut streets and at the city lot behind 142 High Street (enter off Spruce). The MAC is accessible to individuals with special mobility requirements; schedule ahead at least two days prior to the event by calling 304-292-3325, or write to

Morgantown Poets is an informal not-for-profit, all-volunteer community group that meets 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday each month at the MAC, providing literary enthusiasts in north-central West Virginia the opportunity to express themselves, share their work, network and to connect up-and-coming writers with more established authors. New writers are welcome. Join on Facebook by entering “Morgantown Poets” in the search. Or join the mailing list at or the listserve,

  • AWP, Washington, D.C., February 2-5

My panel "Hint Fiction: Stories That Prove Less Is More" is scheduled for Friday, February 4, at 3:00 PM. Participants include Randall Brown, Roxane Gay, Michael Martone, and Daniel A. Olivas.

All the details haven't been finalized yet, but I'll be hosting an evening of Hint Fiction here and there will be other contributors reading stories and, I'm sure, much drinking and fun to be had. More info coming soon.

And that's about it for now. If you happen to be in any of these places on any of these dates, please try to stop by. I promise I will play Rock, Paper, Scissors with you. If you're lucky, I might even let you win.