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William Auten's first novel, Pepper's Ghost, is available from Black Rose Writing. He has recently drafted his second novel. His work has appeared in Blast Furnace, Cahoodaloodaling, District Lit, Drunken Boat, failbetter, Hawaii Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Nimrod, Notre Dame Review, Origins, Rum Punch Press, Canada's Saturday Night Reader, Sycamore Review, Terrain, and other publications. Work was read at the bicentennial celebration for North American Review in 2015. He is also an accomplished painter and musician and a member of the Gym Jones community. Having lived in Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Virginia, he now calls California home with his wife.

News

2016 February 5

Listen to "Drop Off", published in Sandy River Review, December 2015. (MP3, 4:59)

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2016 February 2

Through February 18, Pepper’s Ghost is available for pre-order only from Black Rose Writing. Use promo code PREORDER2016 for a 10% discount.

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2016 January 28

Red Earth Review will publish "Out There in the Sunlight" in the July 2016 issue. The story revolves around family tension, loyalty, and California agriculture. The opening sentence takes its cue from a Larry Levis poem: "Ramon Vasquez wanted to kill his own father."

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2015 December 17

Good news: Sequestrum will publish "Confluence" in an upcoming issue. A brother tries reconciling his relationship with his sister after she returns from deployment in Iraq. And two publications are now available for your reading pleasure.

"Good Morning Good Morning" at SunStruck blends the Beatles, CrossFit, and a well-known rapper from the 90s. "Drop Off," a lyrical micro-fiction at The Sand River Review, explores the tension between hopes and fears with a Tom Petty song and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as backdrops.

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2015 December 2

My short story "Estuary" is now available at Distric Lit. With the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, a father struggles to keep his family intact, reconcile shame, and accept the truth his daughter has hidden.

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2015 November 17

My short story "Estuary" has been accepted for publication in Distric Lit.

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2015 November 12

I am thrilled to announce that my first novel is forthcoming from Black Rose Writing in early 2016. Pepper’s Ghost tells the story of a female antihero finding her place in the world by becoming a sideshow performer. Thank you to everyone involved.

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2015 November 10

Let’s keep this uptick upticking: very grateful to announce that SunStruck Magazine will publish my short story "Good Morning Good Morning" in the December 2015 issue. Many thanks to the staff.

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2015 November 7

Very grateful to announce that The Sandy River Review will publish "Drop Off," my short fiction in their Fall 2015 issue.

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2015 September 16

Check out my interview with Rum Punch Press about my process and recently published story "A Sweet Taste under the Skin."

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2015 September 3

My short story, "A Sweet Taste under the Skin," is now live at Rum Punch Press. The action takes place in the Chopped kitchen and Disneyland. Thank you to everyone invovled.

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Portfolio

"Good Morning Good Morning"

Short story. Published in SunStruck (December 2015).
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"Drop Off"

Micro-fiction. Published in Sandy River Review (Fall 2015).
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"Estuary"

Short story. Published in District Lit (December 2015).
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"A Sweet Taste Under the Skin"

Short story. Published in Rum Punch Press (3 September 2015).
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"A Circle of Men"

Short story. Published in Origins (17 July 2015).
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"Indirect Light"

Short story. Presented at the 2015 bicentennial celbration of North American Review (13 June 2015).
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"Tread"

Short story. Published in Saturday Night Reader (13 May 2015).
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"A Place to Turn Around"

Short story. Pubished in Cahoodaloodaling (no. 16, 30 April 2015).
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