Let’s coin a phrase: let’s name a certain kind of fiction that creeps and crawls and sometimes does backflips among its respected realistic brethren. Let’s call it domestic fabulism.

Bright Wall, Dark Room: Heartburn: Heat as Catalyst in Adaptation of Tennessee Williams

The Cut: Rediscovering Vanity as a Mom

The Paris Review: The Original Little Mermaid: On Kay Nielsen, Disney, and the Sanitizing of the Modern Fairy Tale

Literary Hub: The Useful Dangers of Fairy Tales

Tin House: Don't Sleep on the Side Project

Fanzine: Where Wonder Lives Online: Why Instagram is the New Cabinet of Curiosities

Real Pants: (I Always Wanted) To Be a Star

Powell’s BlogThe Scrambled Clock: My Favorite Books That Screw Around With Time

Real Pants: What Work is and Why it Matters: Mourning Phillip Levine

Real Pants: The Internet is a Hard Place to Be Human: Towards a Better Internet Discourse

Electric Literature: “Melville Never Wrote Me a Choose Your Own Adventure Book”; or Writers on Their Lowbrow Influences

Real Pants: On Becoming a Metaphor: The Writer on Pregnancy

Burnaway: A Vivid Craving: Art and Writing Around Color

Electric Literature – NEW GENRES: Domestic Fabulism; or, Kansas with a Difference

Real Pants: Hi, My Name is Amber Sparks and I am a Failure

Fanzine - Body Map Series: Mouth Cave

Press Play – How I came to Love Godzilla

Press Play Viva Los Hijos de la Noche: On the 1931 Spanish Dracula

Literary Mothers – What Isak Dineson Taught Me About Storytelling

Press Play – Guillermo del Toro: The Unlikely Auteur

Press Play – Awake in a Sea of Sleepers: How Insomnia Made Me Love Horror Films

The Rumpus – Seeking Grace in Strange Places

HTMLGIANT – How NOT to Put A Short Story Collection Together

Big Other – Get Jobs in Offices and Wake up for the Morning Commute: On Wallace Stevens, Writing, and Work

Big Other – Thank You, Diana Wynne Jones

Big Other – Tell It Slant: Vendler on Dickinson


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Published Short Fiction

In this story, red means nothing. In this story, rope is for climbing, not falling. Here there are no signifiers, no associations, as if everything were happening for the first time. As if sensations were like the closed cells of monks and gardenia perfume didn’t smell like anything but gardenias.

Smokelong Quarterly: Everything is Terrible But You Should Read This Story

Split Lip Magazine: The Language of the Stars

The Collagist: You Won’t Believe What Really Happened to the Sabine Women

Matchbook: Mildly Unhappy, With Moments of Joy

Wigleaf: In Which Athena Designs a Video Game for the Express Purpose of Trolling Her Father

Smokelong Quarterly: The Noises from the Neighbors Upstairs

Great Jones Street - The Gardener and the Children

People Holding - A Wholly New And Novel Act, With Monsters

Gamut Magazine - We Destroy the Moon

Granta - We Were Holy Once

American Short Fiction – The Janitor in Space

Moon City Review – Two Uncommon Prayers

Barrelhouse Mag– The Fires of Western Heaven (print)

The Fiddleback – The Kingdom of July

The Collagist – Birds with Teeth (also a 2013 Best of the Net fiction selection)

Corium Magazine – This Circus the World

Journal of Compressed Creative Arts – And the World Was Crowded with Things That Meant Love

Stymie Magazine – Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter

The Good Man Project – Study for the New Fictional Science

Dark Sky Magazine – We Were a Storybook Back Then

Unsaid – The Effect of all that Light Upon You

Fawlt Magazine – We Would Like to Boil You in Oil

elimae  – The Only Story in the World

Smokelong Quarterly – Never Never

Gargoyle – The Woman Across the Water Wore the Shape of Love (print)

Bust Down the Door and Eat All the ChickensDeath and the People

Big Lucks – Five Kinds of Human History (print)

Thunderclap (Spring ’11 Issue) – The Man Remembers How to be a Person (print)

Stoked Journal – Some of Our More Useful Planets

trnsfr – The World After This One (print)

PANKonlineA Bright Brief Fire to Sweep the World Clean

PANK 5How to be Modern (print)

Zine Scene Reprint – You Will be the Living Equation & Tour of the Cities We’ve Lost

Necessary Fiction (co-author: Robert Kloss) – What we Dream About the Fathers

Dark Sky – Until Your Carcass Hits the Canvas

Corium – All the Imaginary People are Better at Life

Used Furniture Review – This is a Door

Barrelhouse Online – Most of Them Would Follow Wandering Fires (nominated for Pushcart Prize)

Wigleaf – Vesuvius

Bluestem Magazine – The Poet in Convalescence

Annalemma – You Will Be the Living Equation (print only, reprinted here in Z.S.)

UnsaidTour of the Cities We’ve Lost (print only, reprinted here in Zine Scene)

Lamination Colony – Our Father Of Nerve Gas Sends His Best

HTMLGiant – For Those Humans Who Cannot Fly

For Every Year – Henry III is Crowned King of France at Rheims

New York TyrantThese are Broken, Funny Days (print)

Buffalo’s Art VoiceMay We Shed These Human Bodies (nominated for Dzanc BOTW)

New Dead FamiliesTo Make Us Whole

Necessary Fiction – Be Like Us and We Will Like You Maybe

> kill author – What Happened to the Bishop’s Daughter

Everyday GeniusThe City Outside of Itself

Dark Sky (read by Mel Bosworth)The Wives Are Turning Into Animals

Splinter GenerationGone and Gone Already (nominated for Dzanc BOTW)

Grist: A Journal for Writers – Everyone’s a Winner at Meadow Park (print also available)

matchbook – The Monstrous Sadness of Mythical Creatures

A capella Zoo Issue 4 – When the Weather Changes You (print also available)

Monkeybicycle (web) – Four Feet Eleven Inches

Midway Journal – How to Dispose of a Chorus Girl

The Collagist – Feral Children: A Collective History

PANK – Storage Space

TripleQuick Fiction– Morning Blank

decomP – When Other People’s Lives Fall into Your Lap (nominated for Pushcart Prize)

WigleafA History of Heart Disease

Monkeybicycle (web)- To a Young British Soldier in the Trenches at Ypres

Annalemma (web)- The Dictator is Drinking Alone

JMWW – Notions, Childish and True

Mud Luscious – Our Mechanically Separated Story

Titular – Cocoon

Storyglossia – If You Don’t Believe, They Go Away

Necessary Fiction – The Chemistry of Objects

Cell Stories – Beautiful Baby

Lumberyard Magazine – On Profanity (print)

Audio Interviews and Podcasts


She sent maps made of clay, locks with no key, books with words cut out, fantastical animals and landscapes. He sent puzzle boxes, lacquered bangles engraved with kanji, bright yellow Dutch clogs. They sent maps of where they’d been and circled where they were going. And the world was crowded with things that meant love.

The Dinner Party Download: And the World Was Crowded with Things That Meant Love

WAMU Interview and Reading : Amber Sparks and the Unfinished World