BLAKE GRANVILLE KIMZEY

bgkimzey@gmail.com

www.blakekimzey.com

 

EDUCATION

 

M.F.A in Creative Writing/Fiction, May 2014

University of California--Irvine, Irvine, CA

 

B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing, December 2003

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

minor: history

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Chapbooks

 

Families Among Us. Black Lawrence Press, 2014 (Winner of the 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition)

Up and Away. Rust Belt Bindery, 2012

 

Fiction in Periodicals

 

“Pizza World.” FiveChapters (December 2013): online

“And Finally the Tragedy.” Tin House (October 2013): online

“Dale Deveraux Comes to QVC.” NOÖ Journal (October 2013): online

“The Boxer.” Puerto del Sol 48.2 (July 2013): 109-110

“A Family Among Us.” The Adroit Journal 7 (Summer 2013): 135-138

“The Skylight.” Structo 9, England (January 2013): 13-19

“Ricky Jensen Goes to Work.” Keyhole Magazine 12 (December 2012): 93-117

“Dirty Birds.” Monkeybicycle (December 2012): online

“The Best Man.” The Los Angeles Review 12 (October 2012): 83-90

“The Lanes.” Juked (October 2012): online

“Tunneling.” Her Royal Majesty 12, France (May 2012): 33-39

“EverDear.” Unstuck Magazine (February 2012): online

“A Family Among Us.” Dark Sky Magazine (October 2011): online

“Up and Away.” PANK (September 2011): online

“Donald Mason’s City Inspection and the Stakeout Standoff.” Monkeybicycle 8 (March 2011): 7-22

“Roman Candles.” Quay Journal 4 (February 2011): online

“Deserter.” The Copperfield Review (January 2011): online

“Lazarus in the Backyard.” Untitled Books, England (January 2011): online

“Breeders.” The Lifted Brow 7, Australia (August 2010): 115-120

“Torch.” Red Line Blues 7 (January 2010): 40-54

“Little Man.” Short FICTION 3, England (November 2009): 40-48

“The Kramers.” Encounters Magazine (November 2009): online

“The Subdivision.” Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction Finalist (May 2008): online

Fiction in Anthologies

“The Boxer and The Bear.” Surreal South ‘13. Ed. Josh Woods. Press 53, October 2013: 77-79

Radio Broadcast

 

“A Family Among Us.” Produced by MAU for Broadcast on California Public Radio and NPR (March 2012)

Live Performance

 

“Up and Away and other stories.” The New Short Fiction Series. Season 17. Directed by Sally Shore. Starring Emmy Award winner Fran Montano, Devin Skrade, and Matthew Lange. Performed live in Los Angeles, September 8, 2013.

Book Reviews

 

Washington Independent Review of Books (February 2014): forthcoming

Mid-American Review 34.1 (December 2013): 152

Washington Independent Review of Books (November 2013): online

Washington Independent Review of Books (August 2013): online

Mid-American Review 33.2 (May 2013): 156-157

Mid-American Review 33.1 (November 2012): 211

UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor of Creative Writing in Fiction, WR91, University of California--Irvine, Irvine, CA (04/14-06/14)

Instructor of Creative Writing in Creative Non-Fiction, LJ20, University of California--Irvine, Irvine, CA (09/13-03/14)

Instructor of Composition, WR39C, University of California--Irvine, Irvine, CA (06/13-09/13)

Instructor of Creative Writing in Fiction, WR31, University of California--Irvine, Irvine, CA (09/12-06/13)

Instructor of Composition, WR39B, University of California--Irvine, Irvine, CA (09/11-08/12)

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

 

2013 Emerging Writer Grant, The Elizabeth George Foundation

2013 Black River Chapbook Competition Winner (Families Among Us, Black Lawrence Press, 2014)

2013 Arlene Cheng Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing

2013 Pushcart Prize Nomination by The Adroit Journal for “A Family Among Us”

2012 Million Writers Award, “A Family Among Us”

2012-2014 MFA Fellowship, University of California, Irvine,

2011 Pushcart Prize Nomination by Encounters Magazine for “The Kramers”

2008 Finalist, Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction (05/08)

2008 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship (01/08)

 

READINGS

 

[ALOUD] at L.A. Central Library - Library Foundation of Los Angeles, CA (04/14)

UCI MFA Reading Series, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA (05/13)

UCI MFA Reading Series, Humanities Gateway, Irvine, CA (11/12)

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA (04/12)

UCI MFA Reading Series, Humanities Gateway, Irvine, CA (04/12)

UCI MFA Reading Series, The Gypsy Den, Santa Ana, CA (10/11)

The Times Club at Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA (04/11)

The Monkeybicycle Lightning Round, New York City, NY (03/11)

Iowa City Writers’ Anthology, Iowa City, IA (12/09)

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (01/08)

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

Literary Editor, Rust Belt Bindery, Moorhead, MN 2011-Present

Select and edit manuscripts for small press publisher Rust Belt Bindery, which focuses on visually rich fiction and poetry paired with original artwork printed in limited editions. Our list includes Brian Evenson, Sean Hill, Ashley Farmer, and others.

Reader, Faultline, Irvine, CA 2011-Present

Read manuscript submissions for Faultine, the Pushcart Prize winning journal produced by the graduate English Department at the University of California, Irvine.

 

LANGUAGES

 

Conversational French and Spanish.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

 

Resident, Vermont Studio Center (January 2008)

Creative Writing Workshop, Brookhaven College (Fall 07; Spring 08)

Screenwriting, Richland College (Spring 2005)

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Server, Olive Garden, Coralville, IA (09/08—06/11)

Bicycle Tour Guide, Paris, France (05/08—08/08)

Copywriter, Paradigm Engineering, Lewisville, TX (09/06—07/08)

Account Executive, Summit Commercial Finance, Dallas, TX (10/05—07/06)

Copywriter, InnerWireless, Richardson, TX (01/05—10/05)

Bicycle Tour Guide, Paris, France (01/04—12/04)

 

 

REFERENCES

 

Ron Carlson

Co-Director of the MFA Writing Program and Professor of English

University of California, Irvine

 

Michelle Latiolais

Co-Director of the MFA Writing Program and Professor of English

University of California, Irvine

Eric Pankey

Director of the MFA Writing Program and Professor of English

George Mason University

 

Austin Ratner

Medical Doctor and Novelist

Brooklyn, NY

Peggy Hesketh

Associate Professor of Composition and Novelist

University of California, Irvine