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Ray Vukcevich Site http://www.rayvuk.com Just another WordPress site Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:52:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 Workshop http://www.rayvuk.com/2012/04/16/306/ http://www.rayvuk.com/2012/04/16/306/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:38:08 +0000 http://www.rayvuk.com/?p=306 Here’s a press release for a workshop I’ll be doing in La Grande, Oregon on April 28.


A Phantom Drift fiction workshop, “Beyond Categories: Finding Your Place in Space and Time,” with acclaimed short story writer, Ray Vukcevich, will be held on April 28th from 2 – 5 p.m. at Arts East White House Gallery on the corner of Sixth and L in La Grande followed by a free public reading at Cook Memorial Library Community Room at 7:30 p.m.

“Beyond Categories” is the second workshop sponsored by Phantom Drift Limited, a non-profit organization dedicated to building an understanding of and appreciation for fabulist literature. The workshops were made possible in part due to a grant from Union County Cultural Coalition.

In this workshop, Vukcevich will be talking about Interstitial Art, New Weird/New Fabulism and what people are calling Sudden or Flash fiction. Examples of this kind of fiction can be found in the Interfiction anthologies and Sudden Fiction International. “My basic idea is that people can free themselves up to write what only they can write given that they are the only ones in that particular time and space and life situation,” Vukcevich said. Through some basic writing with prompts and exercises that demonstrate how to get in close to the things that really concern the individual writer, the Eugene writer hopes to show that “innovation in art comes from finding things that only you can say and then saying them.” Participants will learn to reach places that are more receptive to cross-genre, toss-out-the-rules approaches to short fiction.

There is a limit of ten participants for the workshop. A $25 fee is being charged. Checks or money order can be made payable to Phantom Drift and sent to Phantom Drift, PO Box 3235, La Grande, OR 97850.

Registrants should also include their name, address and email for confirmation.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch says Vukcevich’s stories “engage the mind and the heart. He even makes grocery lists interesting…one of America’s best writers.” His latest story collection is  Boarding Instructions (2010, Fairwood Press). Other books include Meet Me in the Moon Room (2003, Small Beer Press) and a novel, The Man of Maybe Half-a-Dozen Faces (2001, St. Martin’s Press). For a bibliography, visit: www.rayvuk.com

His story, “The Problem of Furniture” appeared in the first issue of Phantom Drift (October 2011).

Phantom Drift Limited is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an understanding of and appreciation for fabulist literature.

For more information on the workshop, you can contact David Memmott, Managing Editor of Phantom Drift at: phantomdrifteditor@yahoo.com



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Weekly Sphere — Uranium and Cucumbers http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/11/16/weekly-sphere-uranium-and-cucumbers/ http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/11/16/weekly-sphere-uranium-and-cucumbers/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:55:16 +0000 http://www.rayvuk.com/?p=303 I’m catching up on writing after Orycon, so here’s one I shot with the old camera a few years ago.  Mark Matthews — Bubble Sphere (approx 2″ diameter) in uranium yellow glass with a sliced cucumber.

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Weekly Sphere — Dinah Hulet http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/11/09/weekly-sphere-dinah-hulet/ http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/11/09/weekly-sphere-dinah-hulet/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 09:38:54 +0000 http://www.rayvuk.com/?p=293 Dinah Hulet.  Temari style at 1-15/32″ (37 mm) in diameter.  The marble is signed “Hulet/02” Part of the fun of a Hulet sphere is finding the signature.  One way to do it is to turn it in your fingers until you feel something very slightly scratchy and then use a magnifying glass.

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Weekly Sphere http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/24/weekly-sphere/ http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/24/weekly-sphere/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:19:34 +0000 http://www.rayvuk.com/wp/?p=227 I’ll start with a classic and then add others as I learn to use my new camera.



“Warning Ball” by Mark Matthews, Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio.

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New Collection http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/20/new-book/ http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/20/new-book/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:32:39 +0000 http://www.rayvuk.com/wp/?p=117 Ray Vukcevich’s new collection includes 33 previously uncollected stories, all with his trademark whimsical skewed look at the world around us. . . a world of hidden stairs, funny smells, vampire girlfriends, fire women, missile boys, secret libraries, and outlandish (and yet frighteningly real) airline procedures.

‘There is no such thing as a typical Ray Vukcevich story. They all start a  strong left turn from reality and then do the Charleston through a space warp.” Adam Troy-Castro


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New story in a cool new magazine! http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/19/new-story-in-a-cool-new-magazine/ http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/19/new-story-in-a-cool-new-magazine/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:17:22 +0000 http://www.rayvuk.com/wp/?p=138 “The Problem of Furniture” in Phantom Drift — A Journal of New Fabulism

Fiction by Ray Vukcevich,  Eliot Fintushel, David Eric Tomlinson, Peter Grandbois, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Daniel Grandbois, Nisi Shawl, Brian Evenson, Joe L. Murr, Geronimo G. Tagatac, and Stefanie Freele.

Poetry by Aaron Anstett, Joshua McKinney, Wade German, Anita Sullivan, Richard Crow, Stephen McNally, Jonathan Ball, and Lawrence Raab.

Non-fiction/Features by Thomas E. Kennedy, Jessica Plattner/Jodi Varon, Matt Schumacher, and Richard Schindler/Michael Chocholak.

Edited by David Memmott

Fiction Editor Leslie What

Poetry Editor Matt Schumacher


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Welcome to my new site http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/10/test-featured-blog-post/ http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/10/test-featured-blog-post/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2011 18:07:31 +0000 http://www.rayvuk.com/wp/?p=185 I have never blogged before, so I do not know what I will say, how this will go, if there is any chance you will like what I do here.  We’ll see.  I want to talk about short fiction sooner or later.  I want to talk about interstitial issues and literature.  I am interested in virtual worlds and the way we are becoming multi-people with our social networks.  I think I will talk about time soon.  I will probably show you what I am cooking in the way of local foods. I’ll be posting a weekly sphere as I learn to use my new camera.

I will have a store, too.  It’s already built, but I am still thinking about what writing to sell there.  Watch for it to appear on the top menu bar soon.

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The Los Angeles Review http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/10/172/ http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/10/172/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2011 17:46:35 +0000 http://www.rayvuk.com/wp/?p=172 “What The Socks Meant” Issue 9

“It is a story of realization and healing. The exploration of a common human moment – sometimes as small as a thought and other times as large as a decade – when a character fights his regrets and wrestles with self-compassion. . .” Stefanie Freele, Fiction editor








 “My Eyes, Your Ears” Issue 6

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Welcome to the Greenhouse http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/10/160/ http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/10/160/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2011 17:20:08 +0000 http://www.rayvuk.com/wp/?p=160 My story “Fish Cakes”.

“Climate modelers tend to rely on charts and graphs to get the message across.  The contributors to this volume offer something else — stories.” From the Forward by Elizabeth Kolbert

From OR Books.

Edited by Gordon Van Gelder.

Forward by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Stories by Brian W. Aldiss, Jeff Carlson, Judith Moffett, Matthew Hughes, Gregory Benford, Michael Alexander, Bruce Sterling, Joseph Green, Pat MacEwen, Alan Dean Foster, David Prill, George Guthridge, Paul Di Filippo, Chris Lawson, Ray Vukcevich and M. J. Locke.


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New story in a cool new magazine http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/03/new-story-in-a-cool-new-magazine-2/ http://www.rayvuk.com/2011/10/03/new-story-in-a-cool-new-magazine-2/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:21:11 +0000 http://www.rayvuk.com/?p=97 “The Problem of Furniture”

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