I am a Lion with the Head of a Lamb.

A new short story has gone live online over at the killer lit mag Word Riot.

I submitted a story after residency and heard back directly from the publisher, Jackie Corley. She mentioned that she too attends Bennington and then, kindly, rejected my story.

I regrouped and dusted off a more aggressive story and resubmitted. Within a few days, the story was accepted.

Cut to a few days ago when Jackie contact me and asked if I would be interested in recording the story to be posted online. I jumped at the opportunity, but, being the son of a soundman and spending years rejecting any of his knowledge on sound recording, I was at a loss on how to do this.

I approached Noah Harlan, a filmmaker here in NYC and a guru on all things Mac, who explained the simple one, two threes of recording on my laptop.

So, come the weekend, I hunkered down into my bathroom, or recording studio, and spent five hours recording the story and then figuring out how the fuck to turn the thing from a M4A file, into a WAV file, into an MP3.

Needless to say, I hate this story now, having heard it so many times, but am excited to see it receive life from Word Riot.

I am a lion with the head of lamb.

About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the popular debut novel ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press) and a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won the 2012 Short Story Contest held by The Coachella Review. He received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.
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