My family and I are living abroad in Florence, Italy. We have started a blog which you can find at: abrooklynfamilyinfirenze.wordpress.com
My short story, “The Dead Writer’s Reading Series,” has been accepted by The Missouri Review and is forthcoming in the Winter 2017 issue.
I have three stories out in magazines this spring (2017): “The Empty House” has been reprinted in the 75th Anniversary Issue of The Antioch Review; “The Key Park” appears in Issue 91 of Crazyhorse (link here to magazine where you can read the story as an online special: http://crazyhorse.cofc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/The-Key-Park.pdf); my story, “Mixed Income” will appear in the Spring/Summer issue of West Branch.
A thoughtful review of my collection was recently posted on the Short Story Reader: http://shortstoryreader.blogspot.com/2016/12/on-empty-house-by-nathan-oates.html
I was interviewed by Dana Diehl of The Collagist about my story, “The Dead Forest.” http://thecollagist.com/collagist-blog/2015/6/29/the-so-common-inglorious-end-an-interview-with-nathan-oates.html
A nice review of my book has appeared in Heavy Feather Review: http://heavyfeatherreview.com/2015/04/21/the-empty-house-by-nathan-oates/
I have two new stories forthcoming soon. “The White Chickens” will appears in the relaunch issue of Copper Nickel in early 2015, and “Natural Succession” will appear in the upcoming issue of Barrelhouse.
My literary ghost story, “The Dead Forest,” appears in the April, 2014 issue of The Collagist: http://thecollagist.com/the-collagist/2014/3/29/the-dead-forest.html
The radio interview I did with Mark Svenvold for his program, Talk/Art/Radio on WSOU is now available on iTunes as a podcast. If you’re interested, go to iTunes and search wsou: talk art radio. My interview is number 34.
Here’s a short piece I wrote for the website, Authors Teaching Stuff, giving advice on dogs in the city: http://authorsteachingstuff.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/nathan-oates-how-to-walk-a-dog-in-the-rain-in-the-city/
Here’s a nice review of my book in The Setonian: http://www.thesetonian.com/mobile/pirate-life/english-prof-s-short-stories-span-the-globe-1.3132189
Here’s a brief article about my book published in The Setonian: http://www.thesetonian.com/pirate-life/english-prof-s-short-stories-span-the-globe-1.3132189#.UuEky6X0BD0
The first review of my collection is now up: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/blogs/p/2013/12/11/the-four-kinds-of-story-collections-and-the-empty-house-by-nathan-oates
My book of stories, The Empty House, is available for pre-order. See the Book tab on my homepage for more information.
I wrote a piece for the new blog at The Antioch Review about my story in the summer issue, “An Attempt to Set the Record Straight Concerning the Drowning”: http://antiochreviewblog.com/2013/10/30/the-story-behind-the-story/
Here’s a review of the Summer 2013 issue of The Antioch Review that mentions my story, “An Attempt to Set the Record Straight Concerning the Drowning”: http://www.newpages.com/literary-magazine-reviews/2013-09-16/
Here’s my version of THE NEXT BIG THING interview: https://nathanoates.net/2013/06/
I will be participating in a “Get Lit!” discussion of my short story, “The Empty House,” in South Orange, New Jersey on Monday, July 29th.
I participated in the Next Big Thing interview. Click on the June blog posts to find it.
Two new stories are out in the summer issues of two magazines: “An Attempt to Set the Record Straight Concerning the Drowning,” is in the summer 2013 issue of The Antioch Review, and “Mile Point Road,” is in the summer 2013 issue of The Missouri Review.
I will be reading at SUNY-Stony Book on February 27th at 1:00 p.m., as part of the PWR Reading Series.
Big news! My collection of stories, The Empty House, has been awarded the Spokane Prize and will be published by Willow Springs Editions in 2013.
My short story, “A Change of Seasons” is now up as a Web Exclusive at Hobart. Here’s the link: http://www.hobartpulp.com/web_features/a-change-of-seasons.
Best American Mystery Stories 2012, which includes my story, “Looking for Service,” is available in bookstores everywhere now. I’m honored to be included in an anthology with writers like Mary Gaitskill, Thomas McGuane, Daniel Woodrell, and many other excellent writers.
My collection of stories, The Empty House, was named a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for the second year in a row.
A new story of mine, “The Highline Highway,” appears in Forty Stories, an anthology edited by Calvert Morgan, published by Harper Perennial. The anthology is available as a free pdf, and will soon by available as an e-book at this link: www.fiftytwostories.com.
My short story collection, The Empty House, was a finalist for the 2012 Bakeless Prize for Fiction.
My short story, “In the Ravine,” is forthcoming in the Summer 2012 issue of The Antioch Review.
The Empty House, my collection of stories, was one of five finalist for the 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award. This is the second time I’ve been a finalist for this contest.
My story, “The Highline Highway” will appear as part of Fifty-Two Stories, the excellent online anthology of stories edited by Cal Morgan. If you haven’t seen the site, you really should. Here you go: http://www.fiftytwostories.com.
My story, “Looking for Service,” which appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of The Antioch Review, has been selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2012 by the series editor Otto Penzler and the guest editor, Robert Crais.
I found out today, 01/07/2012, that I have been awarded a generous grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation to fund travel and research toward my novel in-progress, The Free Country. I am extremely grateful and excited about this support.
My story, “The Tower,” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by the editors of the Jabberwock Review, where the story was published.
Gary Shteyngart, the bestselling and very funny novelist, will read as part of Poetry-in-the-Round at 7:00 on November 9th on the campus of Seton Hall University.
My story, “The Empty House,” has been included in the 70th Anniversary Issue of The Antioch Review, which collects the best work of the past 10 years. I’m honored, as ever, to appear in this magazine.
My collection of stories, The Empty House, was named a finalist for the 2011 Spokane Prize from Willow Springs Editions.
My story, “In the World Below,” is out in the current issue of the Alaska Quarterly Review.
The second Poetry-in-the-Round Reading of Fall 2011 semester is Tuesday, October 4th. Joyce Carol Oates will read from her work at 7:00 p.m. in Jubilee Hall Auditorium at Seton Hall University.
The first Poetry-in-the-Round Reading of the Fall 2011 semester is Wednesday, September 21st. The poet Timothy Donnelly will be reading at 7:00 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery in Walsh Library on the campus of Seton Hall University.
My short story collection, The Empty House, was named a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award from the University of Georgia Press. The excellent Hugh Sheehy and E.J. Levy were the winners.
My short-short story, “Course Description,” is forthcoming in Issue #22 of InDigest Magazine.
My story, “Looking for Service,” is now out in the Spring 2011 issue of the The Antioch Review.
I learned that my collection of short stories, The Empty House, was a finalist for the 2010 Spokane Prize from Willow Springs Press.
My story, “The Tower,” is out in the most recent issue of Jabberwock Review.
I will be giving a lecture as part of the Salon Series at the Visual Arts Center in New Jersey on Thursday, April 7th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The title of the talk is: From the Fringe to the Faculty: Contemporary Fiction in American Culture.
Starting Fall 2010, I will be the Director of the Poetry-in-the-Round Reading Series at Seton Hall University. Our line up for the coming year includes: Jeffrey Harrison, E.L. Doctorow, Major Jackson, David Gates, Cathy Park Hong, and Deborah Eisenberg.
My story, “Famous for Crabs,” is now out in the Summer 2010 issue of The Antioch Review.
My story, “A Woman on the Train,” is now out in the new print issue of Juked #7.
The issue of Witness in which my story, “Developing,” appears has been nominated for the 2010 Utne Independent Press Award for best writing.
My story, “In the World Below,” is forthcoming in the Alaska Quarterly Review.
My story, “Developing,” is in the current issue of Witness.
Another brief consideration of my story from Hot Metal Bridge:
Consideration of a story I published in Hot Metal Bridge:
Review of Best American Mystery Stories 2008 that mentions my story:
November 17th, 2009. Perch Cafe, 5th Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. 7:30 p.m.
October 1st, 2009. Poetry-in-the-Round, Seton Hall University, Walsh Gallery. 7 p.m.