Heather Fowler interviewed me for Fictionaut

Heather Fowler interviewed me for Fictionaut’s Writers on Craft series. Here’s a snippet from the interview:

Oddly, I find solace in the grim details of a text, the ones that bare all and show the reader that there are no clean breaks, no certainties without dealing with the issue head-on. It’s when I see that what I am feeling isn’t any different than what so many others have felt that I begin to breathe normally again, perhaps even long enough to step outside and remember what it feels like to take a long walk with no clear destination in mind.


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Benjamin Rybeck profiled me for Brazos Bookstore


Benjamin Rybeck of Brazos Bookstore profiled me for the bookstore’s official website. Here’s a snippet from the article:

This is how Seidlinger and other writers in the Internet want to be perceived: as dedicated enough to the craft to work through Easter, but also dedicated to reminding people they’re dedicated to that craft. Of course, this post comes with twelve likes (so far)—which is enough to demonstrate the shrewdness of Seidlinger’s persona (but not so many likes as come with the average post by Matt Bell, the undisputed master of the hardworking literary persona).

Seidlinger has his own brand recognition though: the liberal use of the metal horns—or, \m/. (He once ran a Facebook contest where he gave away free books to the first people whose comments on his posts received a certain number of \m/s from Seidlinger himself.) “It does have a bit of a branding quality,” Seidlinger says, “but like any brand, if you use something to the point that it’s always there, it loses its appeal.”

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“The Fun We’ve Had” reviewed by American Book Review

Now here’s a fun one, The Fun We’ve Had was reviewed by Lavinia Ludlow for the American Book Review. Here’s a snippet from the review:

The Fun We’ve Had is a philosophic commentary of a couple’s rise and fall, including all the fights, challenges, and conversations that happen in between. Michael Seidlinger took the ubiquitous dysfunctional relationship, its miserable realities and foreseeable demise, and presented it all in an unusual fashion: through the metaphor of being lost at sea in a coffin. His dream-like narration reads like a novel-length poem and tells a morbid tale of a couple’s heartbreaking downfall as they learn and unlearn how to love.

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Indie-Lit Pop Quiz: Michael J. Seidlinger

Trevor Sensor interviewed me for the Brooklyn-based site, Alt Citizen. Here’s a sample from the interview:


1. What was the last book you read? Did you like it or nah?

Fantasy by Ben Fama. Loved it. Absolutely top notch stuff. Fama’s got his own idea of what poetry can be and he’s showing us some of those possibilities in the book.

2. Thoughts on David Foster Wallace or Jonathan Franzen?

DFW. Franzen?

3. What are your writing habits?

Write every day, 1500 word minimum. No exceptions.

4. How do you party? How often?

It used to be every other day, now it’s maybe twice a week. Whiskey mostly.

5. Any writer you want to give a shout out to?

Porochista Khakpour for her tireless support of indie lit as well as literature as a whole. She has written a modern masterpiece, The Last Illusion, and is consistently vocal and supportive of writers in the community. We’re all in this together and Porochista is proof that some of the best people around are in this community.


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“The Face of Any Other” reviewed by That Lit Site


Gabino Iglesias reviewed The Face of Any Other for That Lit Site and man, there are some really flattering and humbling words contained within that review. Here’s a sample:

The Face of Any Other is about love and being, but it’s also about frustration, obsession, truth, and the nature of desire. Michael J. Seidlinger is one of the bravest and most original voices in contemporary fiction, and this is yet another example of how he is willing to explore new ways of telling stories.

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Portion of “The Laughter of Strangers” translated into Romanian by Zona Noua

Now this is a pleasant surprise. Zona Noua translated an excerpt from “The Laughter of Strangers” into Romanian and there’s a book too, full of awesome writers like Daniel Bailey, Gabby Bess, Mike Bushnell, Ana Carrete, Noah Cicero, Juliet Escoria, Mira Gonzalez, Sarah Jean Alexander, Tao Lin, Scott McClanahan, Ashley Opheim, Sam Pink, and Lucy K. Shaw.


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ATTN: Electric Literature’s GREAT INDIE 2015: Blurbers (Claimed/Unclaimed Hype)


Nearly there, everyone. Listed below are the blurbers and the books they have claimed to write a paragraph hype-blurb (err towards the formal rather than informal; we want interesting, honest hype, not cliquey exaggeration). That being said, we could really use more blurbers, especially blurbs from female authors/lit citizens.

The deadline for publishers/editors to get their 2015 press schedules to me is JANUARY 31st.

The deadline for blurb-claims is FEBRUARY 2nd (claim blurbs by commenting on the FB post that led you here).

The deadline for blurbs is FEBRUARY 8th.

The Preview and Cheat Sheet will be published by Electric Literature during the last week of February.

Blurbers, editors/publishers, contact me at michael @ electricliterature dot com


CLICK HERE FOR THE WORK-IN-PROGRESS PREVIEW (you’ll find press schedules here)




–Title claim

Quincy Rhoads

The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood” by Bhob Stewart

Manic Pixie Dream Poems by Trevor L Sensor

Ben Fama

Literallydead by Sophia la Fraga

Simon Jacobs

This Boring Apocalypse by Brandi Wells

Edward Rathke

The Doors You Mark Are Your Own by Okla Elliott and Raul Clement

The Zoo, A Going by JA Tyler

Binary Star by Sarah Gerard

Lemon Yellow Poison by Brian Allen Carr

Sam Slaughter

Calloustown by George Singleton (November)

Death Domestic by Matt Bell

Sex and Death by Ben Tanzer (June)

Gabino Iglesias


Grant Wamack

The Pulse Between Dimensions and the Desert by Rios de la Luz

Calculating How Big of a Tip to Give is the Easiest Thing Ever, Shout Out to My Family & Friends by Steve Roggenbuck (February)

Jay Slayton-Joslin

LIVEBLOG by Megan Boyle

Hospice by Gregory Howard

Bipolar Cowboy by Noah Cicero

Exigencies edited by Richard Thomas

Troy Weaver

Last Mass by Jamie Iredell

The Strangest by Michael J Seidlinger

Andrew Miller

Haints Stay by Colin Winnette

The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell

Jamie Iredell

Desire: A Haunting by Molly Gaudry’s DESIRE: A HAUNTING. I’ve already read a few drafts of this stellar book. Anyone who read WE TAKE ME APART, prepare mind for ex and/or implosion.

Norman Lock’s AMERICAN METEOR: Lock’s language will lure readers to a dangerous inquietude whilst still and lulled. He’s done it in so many tomes and he continues, all quality.

Frank Stanford’s COLLECTED POEMS: It’s Frank Stanford’s collected poems. I’ve been excited about the possibility of this book since 1976, when I was born

Michael Hessel-Miel

Wildlives by Sarah Jean Alexander

Asuras by Jayinee Basu

Art Sick by Lara Glenum

Janaka Stucky

Abraham Smith (Action)

Susan McCarty (Aforementioned)

Brian Alan Ellis

“The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic” by Jessica Hopper (Featherproof), ”

“The Perforated Nothingness” by Mark Cronin,

“Zero Saints” by Gabino Iglesias,

“How to Pose for Hustler” by Andrea Kneeland

Sara June Woods

The Pulp vs. The Throne by Carrie Lorig (June)

Spiritual Instrument by M Kitchell

Good Luck With The Moon & Stars & Stuff by Beyza Ozer (January)

Veronica Bench by Leopoldine Core (April)

Bud Smith

Leverage by Eric Nelson

David Atkinson

Mozos: A Decade Running with the Bulls of Spain by Bill Hillmann (July)

The Pleasure Merchant by Molly Tanzer (November)

F-250 by Bud Smith (February)

Sam Snoek-Brown

The New Sorrow Is Less Than the Old Sorrow by Jenny Drai

The Guild of Saint Cooper by Shya Scanlon

Little Sister Death by William Gay

Gina Abelkop

Fat Daisies by Carrie Murphy

Companion Animal by Magdalena Zurawski

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Shane Cartledge

Nothing Crown by Michael Kazepis

Jigsaw Youth by Tiffany Scandal

Liberty Hardy

Almost Crimson by Dasha Kelly (May)

Morte by Robert Repino (January)

Tobias Carroll

Fat Kid by Jamie Iredell (Spork)

On the Edges of Vision (Queens Ferry)

See You in the Morning (featherproof)

Meghan Lamb

DEAD HORSE by Niina Pollari (February)

The End of Something Great by Lily Hoang

Big Venerable by Matt Rowan (April)

Jillian by Halle Butler (February)

Unperformed Actions of Rudolf Schwarzkogler by Pierre Abidi (with Photographs by M Kitchell) (Fourth Quarter)

This Is a Dance Movie by Tim Jones-Yelvington (Spring

Selected Poems of Kim Yideum, translated by JiYoon Lee

Jackson Nieuwland

Glass Half Full with Burning People by Bob Schofield

The Three Sunrises by Edward Mullany

Post Pussy by Gabby Bess

Dear S by Rachel Hyman

Sheldon Lee Compton

Metal Gear Solid by Ashley and Anthony Burch

Nothing But the Dead and Dying by Ryan W. Bradley

Berit Ellingsen

The Infernal by Mark Doten

Justine Post

The Business of Naming Things by Michael Coffey (January)

You and Other Pieces by Corey Zeller (July)

War of the Foxes by Richard Siken (Spring/summer)

Pictograph by Melissa Kwansy (March)

Naturalism by Wendy Xu (November)

Multiply/Divide by Wendy S. Walters (August)

“The Laughter of Strangers” reviewed by The Believer

The Laughter of Strangers has been given a little bit of a nod with a mesmerizing, critical review by Andrea Longini for The Believer. Here’s a glimpse of what she discussed:

At times it seems that our online personas are destined to become nothing more than a graveyard, a landfill for multiple competing identities in an endless game that simply cannot be won. In that sense, the right question is not even how to win the game of personal branding, it is in the larger philosophical question of how we can assume heaviness and lightness in our own identities. Enough of using shallow techniques to generate audience reaction, The Laughter of Strangers seems to suggest. Let us instead consider what framework we adopt to determine what has repercussions in life, and what doesn’t.


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