Although many have beaten me to the punch, so to speak, I’d like to follow in Joe Stracci‘s footsteps and say that I read and heard this essay long before its birth here and here.

“By Any Other Name: How my GLBT students taught me to love a forbidden word” by Hugh Ryan.

Also, traveling to Missouri with the editor/wife tomorrow. Will blog from the road with updates.

Finally, I received a fine rejection this morning:

A strong and well-written story–we passed it around–decided finally it wasn’t quite right for us–but thanks for the read–and keep us in mind.


keep on.


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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One Response to Bandwagon

  1. John Madera says:

    Hey,When you get a chance check out Jac Jemc’s blog “The Rejection Collection” at talks about her rejection letters there. She’s past 150.John

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