Fiction: A Short History of Guns in America

Hey, Utopia!

This is a real treat: my story, ‘A Short History of Guns in America’, is in the latest Griffith Review. The story is a re-imagining of the United States’ toxic relationship with guns, and you can both read it and listen to me read it, here.

Big thanks for the GR team for taking the punt on a bizarre story. And special thanks to RMIT’s Dr Rose Michael, whose praise for the story convinced me to send it out into the world.

Book Review: Night Blue by Angela O’Keeffe; Where the Line Breaks by Michael Burrows; The Speechwriter by Martin McKenzie-Murray

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After enjoying the experience of reading and thinking about Michael Winkler’s utterly unique Grimmish, I was hoping Australian Book Review would keep sending me all the weird books that appear on their desks. And guess what? They did! In the latest ABR, I review three debut novels with bonker premises. It was a lot of fun, I hope my role as Weird Book Guy is forever established.

Check out the review here.

Winner! 2021 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

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The best part about submitting to U.S. journals and prizes is that you get their rejection emails in the middle of the night. Nothing like being woken up at 3 a.m. to learn you suck. But this time…no suck! Kelli Jo Ford, an incredible writer btw, somehow decided I was the winner of Ruminate magazine’s short story prize.

My winning story, ‘The Florist’, was meant to be a satire on political polarization. It turned into something else, though; in all honesty I’m at a loss about what this one actually means. But I’ll still take the check!

By the sounds of it, the story will published in the U.S. autumn.

https://www.ruminatemagazine.com/blogs/ruminate-news-and-events/2021-william-van-dyke-short-story-prize-winners-alex-cothren-amber-blaesen-wardzala

Book Review: Grimmish by Michael Winkler

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As usual, way late with this, but I reviewed Michael Winkler’s Grimmish for the April 2021 issue of Australian Book Review. The ‘novel’ is an absolutely bizarre mix of fact and fiction about a little known boxer, and I loved it. Give me the weird, weird, weird ones any day.

https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/abr-online/current-issue/962-april-2021-no-430/7608-alex-cothren-reviews-grimmish-by-michael-winkler

Review: ‘The Adversary’

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Late news, part 2!

I reviewed Ronnie Scott’s The Adversary for the May 2020 issue of the Australian Book Review.

I suspect that the book might be an acquired taste, but I enjoyed its neurotic, witty narrator.

You can read the review here.

Note: ABR was not successful in its latest round of funding. It is an important voice for Australian literature, so you should support it with a subscription.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Tick Tock Killer’ in Island

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OK, waaaaay late with this news, but I had story published in the latest Island (159).

The story, ‘The Tick Tock Killer’, is a satirical look at how true-crime shows are skewing our understanding of violence against women.

Island’s fiction editor is Ben Walters, who has been a kind supporter of my work in the past. I am very grateful to him for accepting this story, and I highly recommend that you become an Island subscriber ASAP.

 

 

Meanjin: The Best Writing on Bushfires and Climate

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In response to the ongoing environmental disaster that is the Australian bushfires, Meanjin has put together a collection of recent writing on climate change. I’m honored to say that my story, Let’s Talk Trojan Bee, is a part of this collection.

The magazine is also raising money for Wildlife Victoria by donating $25 from every $50 digital subscription to the magazine. So: there’s never been a better time to subscribe and stay informed on the dying days of the Anthropocene.

 

‘Let’s Talk Trojan Bee’ in Meanjin

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Very excited that my story, ‘Let’s Talk Trojan Bee’, is included in the Spring 2019 issue of Meanjin.

The Meanjin team did an incredible job formatting the story, which is told entirely through quotes (some fake, some real) from a range of media sources.

There’s also a lovely picture of a bee!

Aside from my story, the issue includes Paige Clark’s amazing story ‘Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’, runner-up in the Peter Carey Short Story Award, and a hard-hitting essay on climate change by James Bradley.

Click here to read more about the issue.