I am so thrilled and honored that Litro chose my newest short story, "What the River Takes," for their #SundayStory feature. Litro is one of the UK's leading arts and literary magazines, and has been a long-time dream publication for me. This story is about guilt and consequences, and feeling like you don't belong, and I'm so excited to share it with you. You can read it online here.
This week, I was delighted to receive my contributor's copy of Issue #6 of Red Earth Review, from the Red Earth MFA in Oklahama City University. I'm deeply honored that the editors chose to include my short story "The Things That Change." You can read a free version online here, or if you'd prefer to read a print copy, visit the Red Earth Review website for details about where to purchase this gorgeous journal. I'm thrilled to share my work with you!
I am delighted to announce that my modern gothic story "The Lady of the House" has been included in Issue #34 of Mud Season Review! Editor-in-chief Lauren Bender writes: "In Constance Renfrow’s story “The Lady of the House,” what appears to be a classic ghost story takes on an extra psychosocial layer, exploring the dysfunctional relationship between the main character Marla and her new husband Armand."
On Sunday, July 30, Three Rooms Press and Great Weather for Media are hosting "An Afternoon of Contemporary Gothic Poetry and Fiction Celebrating the Birthday of Emily Brontë." I'm honored to be one of the featured readers, and I'll be reading my own modern gothic, Brontë-inspired short story "The Lady of the House"! Please join us for an incredible afternoon of eerie, unsettling poetry and fiction, classic Dark and Stormy cocktails, and open mic performances! I hope to see you there!
AN AFTERNOON OF CONTEMPORARY
GOTHIC POETRY AND FICTION
Celebrating the Birthday of
featuring performances and storytelling by
Plus Open Reading!
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Parkside Lounge | 317 E. Houston St., NYC
Celebrate the birthday of legendary goth author EMILY BRONTË at an afternoon of Contemporary Gothic Poetry and Fiction, Sunday, July 30, 4-6 pm at The Parkside Lounge (Houston at Attorney St., NYC).
The event will feature the phenomenal poet and author Chavisa Woods, whose new book Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country, was described by Booklist as “This book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices.”
In addition, Deirdre Coyle (author of How to Talk to Writers at Parties), and Constance Renfrow (author and editor of Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Writers) will read from their work. We’ll also talk about the weird and mysterious life of Emily Brontë, whose only novel,Wuthering Heights, is considered a goth classic.
An open mic precedes the reading, hosted by poet, playwright and Three Rooms Press co-director Kat Georges.
Doors open at 3:45 pm. $2 suggested donation and 2 drink minimum. Featured drink: The Dark & Stormy -- the Parkside makes a great one.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Chavisa Woods is the author of three books of fiction: Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country (Seven Stories Press, 2017) The Albino Album, (Seven Stories Press, 2013); and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (Fly by Night Press, 2009). The second edition of this book was released by Autonomedia Press under the Unbearables imprint in 2013. Woods has presented lectures and conducted workshops on short fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.
Deirdre Coyle is a goth living in Brooklyn. She is the author of the chapbook HOW TO TALK TO WRITERS AT PARTIES, and her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Hobart, Joyland, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter at @DeirdreKoala.
Constance Renfrow's writing has appeared in such places as Portland Book Review, Huffington Post, Cabildo Quarterly, Denim Skin, and Petrichor Machine. She is editor-in-chief of Three Rooms Press, and hosts a monthly open mic series at New York’s Merchant’s House Museum. Her first book, Songs of My Selfie, an anthology of millennial fiction, was a 2016 IndieFAB finalist. She is pursuing her MFA in fiction from Pacific University.