Kevin's Writing

We Were Flying to Chicago (May 13, 2014)

"I'm attracted to Clouther's writing by its blunt, simple style... Dare I say that I hear Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway echoing in my head?"
—David Abrams, author of Fobbit

"The 10 entries in Clouther’s debut collection all display a sure-handed grasp of craft. The first and last stories are the best. In the former, the title story, deft and subtle shifts of perspective among a group of young women lead to a well-earned concluding insight. Better still is the emotionally complex final selection, 'Puritan Hotel, Barnstable,' about two brothers, Michael and Connor, dealing with Connor’s cancer treatment."
Publishers Weekly





Upcoming Events

Virginia Festival of the Book, March 18-22, 2015 (TBA)

Past WWFTC Events

Program in Writing Reading Series  (blog post here)
Author reading, Wednesday, May 07, 2014, 01:00 PM
Poetry Center, Stony Brook University, Humanities 2001, Stony Brook, NY
Kevin Clouther will read from WE WERE FLYING TO CHICAGO and take questions.

Black Balloon Publishing’s Book Swap Party (blog post here)
Book swap, Saturday, May 10, 05:00 PM
The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st Street, Astoria, New York 11106
A festive way to share your favorite books with strangers. There will be free admission, free wine, free snacks and lonely books in dire need of swapping — won’t you help them find a good home?

"Drunken Careening Writers" at KGB Bar (blog post here)
Author appearance, Thursday, May 15, 2014, 07:00PM
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St. , NY, NY
Reading with Staci Swedeen and Rich Byrne (playwrights)

Sackett Street Writers' Series (blog post here)
Author reading, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 07:00 PM
BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY
Reading with Bret Anthony Johnston, Cristina Henriquez, and Julia Fierro

Epoch (blog post here)
Author reading, June 26, 2014 10:00AM 
855 Harwich RoadBrewsterMA
Kevin Clouther will read and sign copies of WE WERE FLYING TO CHICAGO.

Lit Crawl NYC (blog post here)
Author appearance, September 13, 2014 06:00PM
Solas, 232 East 9th Street, NY, NY, US
Electric Literature and Black Balloon Present Literary Taboo

Fall for the Book (blog post here)
Author reading, September 15, 2014 12:00PM
George Mason University, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center Plaza,
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, US

Brooklyn Book Festival (blog post here)
Author appearance, September 21, 2014 11:00AM
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza , 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY, US
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City

Midwest Book Tour (blog post here):
    Prairie Lights
    Author reading, September 24, 2014 07:00PM
    15 South Dubuque St. , Iowa City, IA, US
    Iowa Writer's Workshop graduate and Richard Yates Fiction Award winner Kevin Clouther

    The Book Cellar 
    Author reading, September 25, 2014 07:00PM
    4736-38 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, US
    Iowa Writer's Workshop graduate and Richard Yates Fiction Award winner Kevin Clouther

    Magers & Quinn 
    Author reading, September 29, 2014 07:00PM
    3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, US
    Iowa Writer's Workshop graduate and Richard Yates Fiction Award winner Kevin Clouther

Recent Publications

Kevin Clouther & the Vision of Chekhov
In Beatrice.com: http://beatrice.com/wordpress/2014/05/26/kevin-clouther-selling-shorts/

Book Notes - Kevin Clouther "We Were Flying to Chicago"
The Book Notes Playlist at LARGEHEARTED BOY posted a list of the music that Kevin associated with his stories. http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archive/2014/05/book_notes_kevi_19.html

"Isabelle and Colleen"
The Bookslinger App Consortium Books published one of Kevin's stories, "Isabelle and Colleen" on their (free!) Bookslinger App: http://thebookslinger.com/

"On the Highway Near Fairfield, Connecticut"
THE AIRSHIP posted a story from Kevin's collection (with art!): http://airshipdaily.com/we-were-flying-to-chicago-by-kevin-clouther/

The Art of the Sentence: Denis Johnson
http://www.tinhouse.com/blog/34446/art-of-the-sentence-denis-johnson.html

The article was so good that Entertainment Weekly wrote about it!: http://shelf-life.ew.com/2014/04/23/on-the-books-melissa-etheridge-suprises-fan-at-an-indie-bookstore/

The Complete Stories of Lydia Davis 
No matter how little time you have, you have time to read a Lydia Davis story: http://airshipdaily.com/blog/03282014-black-balloon-publishing-author-reading-recommendations

The Millions : Teaching the ‘Law and Order’ Short Story
At the beginning of each semester, I gather basic information from my fiction writing students such as major, hometown, and favorite book. Some of this arrives from the registrar before the semester begins, but the information isn’t always accurate, and many students accustomed to large..."
http://www.themillions.com/2014/02/how-to-write-short-stories-like-law-and-order.html 

Who Owns Walt Whitman? 
Everything in New York is named after Walt Whitman, and Kevin tried to figure out why.
http://www.airingnews.com/articles/442983/who-owns-walt-whitman/

Other Publications:
Stories
"Funeral.” Greensboro Review 94 (2013): 47-60.
“Brendan and The D.” Natural Bridge 26 (2011): 134-48.
“Puritan Hotel, Boston.” Baltimore Review 14.1 (2010): 34-49.
“Isabelle and Colleen.” Gettysburg Review 19.4 (2006): 635-53.
“On the Highway near Fairfield, Connecticut.” Gulf Coast 18.1 (2006): 304-14.
“The Third Prophet of Wyaconda.” Puerto Del Sol 40.2 (2005): 145-61.
“Charleston for Breakfast.” Puerto Del Sol 40.1 (2005): 1-11.
“Puritan Hotel, Barnstable.” Madison Review 27.1 (2005): 34-49.
“A Couple of Epicureans.” Hayden’s Ferry Review 29 (2001-02): 165-178.

Essays
“Teaching—Not Prescribing—Twain and Ellison.” Academic Exchange Quarterly 15.1 (2011): 157-60.
“Sant’Elia’s Invisible Cities.” Forum Italicum 31 (2011): 47-52.

Past Readings:
“Puritan Hotel, Boston,” Towson Arts Collective, Towson, MD. Feb 2010 (Blog post here)
“Brendan and The D,” PCEA 2008 Conference, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. April 2008
“Prologue,” Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. Jan 2008
“Prologue,” University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Feb 2007
“On the Highway near Fairfield, Connecticut,” Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA. Oct 2005
“Introducing Livan,” Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI. May 2004
“Charleston for Breakfast,” The Mill, Iowa City, IA. Oct 2002

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