New Story in PINBALL Issue #11

My short story “The Gift” is out today in PINBALL Issue 11!
You can read the story for no charge online, or buy the ebook (which includes 7 other pieces of fiction, non-fiction and comics) for just $2.99. 
“Dad put The Enforcer in park and turned back to us. We were still little, both of us in the backseat. I was eight. You were only five and had your hair long and in your eyes. You were wearing a black LA Kings t-shirt that had the number 99 on the back, a shirt that used to be mine, but then I started getting chubby and all my clothes wouldn’t fit anymore…”

Pete Lands the 2017 PEN-USA Emerging Voices Fellowship

Big news. I just got the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship for 2017! It’s a great honor and includes a local literary mentorship, classes at UCLA Extension Writers Program, three sponsored readings, and a nice little stipend!


PEN Center USA, an organization whose mission it is to foster a vital literary culture, encourages all emerging writers on their journeys onward and upward. Look out for the 2017 Emerging Voices bios this week on our program page.