SYDNEYSIDE REFLECTIONS

PUBLISHED BY EVERYTIME PRESS

10 JUNE 2020


https://bequempublishing.com/authors/authors-c-d/mark-crimmins/
 
Welcome to the home page of writer and university lecturer Mark Crimmins. Mark has been publishing short stories and flash fictions since 2010. As a lecturer and assistant professor, Mark taught Contemporary Transatlantic Fiction, Twentieth Century Literature, Transatlantic and Transpacific Modernism, Transatlantic Postmodernism, and Literary Theory at the University of Toronto from 1999 to 2016. Mark grew up in Manchester, England, where he attended Canon Slade Grammar School. He has lived in the UK (1959–1978); the USA (1978–1988 & 1991–1992); Japan (1988–1991); Canada (1992–2013); and China  (2013–2021). After his undergraduate studies in Utah, Mark earned an MA in English (1993) and a PhD in Twentieth Century Literature (1999) from the University of Toronto. His peer-reviewed academic articles have been published in the specialist Saul Bellow Journal. His fiction has been published widely in the United States and around the world. His short stories "Incident on Abiko Street" and "Benton City and the End of the World" were nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2015 and 2019. His Osaka story "Incident on Abiko Street" was also nominated for a 2015 Best of the Net Award. His Hokkaido story, "Shiretoko," was nominated for a 2015 Silver Pen Authors Association Write Well Award. Mark moved to Hong Kong on 1 August 2013 and has been working in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China, since 2016. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. His first book, Sydneyside Reflections, a travel memoir, was published on 10 June 2020 by Adelaide's Everytime Press.

1 OCTOBER 2021: IMPORTANT NEW EMAIL CONTACT INFO: MY NEW EMAIL: markdcrimmins@gmail.com


UPDATED 10 OCTOBER 2021 IN HONG KONG


4 October 2021: My Singapore flash fiction "Yam Cakes in the Rain" was published in Brooklyn literary journal Cagibi on 4 October 2021. I'm very excited about this! This piece appears in Cagibi Express: 
https://cagibilit.com


21 SEPTEMBER 2021: MY PHOTOESSAY ABOUT SHENZHEN, 'THE FUTURE IS NOW,' IS THE HEADLINER ARTICLE IN ISSUE 32 OF AMSTERDAM QUARTERLY: THE FUTURE ISSUE.  I'M VERY EXCITED TO BE PART OF THIS ISSUE AND TO SEE MORE OF MY PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK PUBLISHED. MANY THANKS TO BRYAN MONTE, PUBLISHER AND EDITOR.

LINK TO THE FRONT PAGE OF THE ISSUE, WITH MY PHOTO AS BANNER: 
https://www.amsterdamquarterly.org

LINK TO MY ESSAY: https://www.amsterdamquarterly.org/aq_issues/aq32-the-future/mark-crimmins-the-future-is-now/

Link to "An Osaka Girl" in Flash Fiction Magazinehttps://flashfictionmagazine.com/blog/2021/09/18/an-osaka-girl/

My story "Spreader" has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of Cirque.

My story "Woman's Brain Sees Man" has been acceped for publication by South Florida Poetry Journal.

My story "Little Baby Bananas" has been accepted for publication in Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art

My story "The My Left Leg Chainsaw Massacre" has been accepted for publication in an anthology published by the University of Melbourne's Grattan Street Press. I'm very excited about this new publication in Australia! 

Writing professor Maria Judnick reviewed my book Sydneyside Reflections in a recent issue of Heavy Feather Magazine. The review can be found here: https://heavyfeatherreview.org/2021/04/29/sydneyside/

One of my experimental visual pieces, "Luoyang Railway Station October 2019: A Montage in 100 T-Shirts," was published in the Netherlands by Vrije University's Expanded Field literary journal on 12 December 2020. Here is a link to this piece:
https://www.expandedfieldjournal.com/pieces/luoyang-railway-station-october-2019-a-montage-in-100-t-shirts

My story "The Einstein Effect" was published in Chicago Quarterly Review Issue 32 on 9 December 2020.

MARK'S FIRST BOOK, EXPERIMENTAL TRAVEL MEMOIR SYDNEYSIDE REFLECTIONS, WAS PUBLISHED BY EVERYTIME PRESS IN ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA ON 10 JUNE 2020. PUBLISHER'S PAGES ARE BELOW: 

https://everytimepress.com/everytime-press-catalogue/travel-memoir/sydneyside-reflections/

https://bequempublishing.com/authors/authors-c-d/mark-crimmins/


Mark Crimmins is currently seeking an agent and/or publisher for five books:

Intersections: Experiments in Short Fictional Form. A sequence of 49 flash fictions published between 2005 and 2021. The experimental pieces in this collection have been published widely around the world and appeared in thirty-seven literary journals in the United States, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, The Netherlands, Singapore, and Japan. 

An American Safari: Ten Thousand Miles on the Road. A memoir of a couple's road trip around America in 2006, including sections in Ann Arbor, Chicago, the Prairies, Denver, the Rockies, the Glen Canyon, the Cisco Desert; Utah, Bryce, Zion's, and the Grand Canyon; Las Vegas, Virgin River Gorge; Los Angeles, Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur, San Francisco; Yosemite, the High Sierras and the Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway; Death Valley, Highway 66, Albuquerque, Santa Fe; Kansas City, St. Louis; and many other tiny towns and long-lost highways and byways in between.

Characters Madmen Alone Can Read. A collection of 18 short stories published between 2010 and 2020. Each story is a study in some form of psychopathology and the collection explores madness from a variety of narrative angles and with a variety of narrative techniques. The title is the author's own translation of a phrase from Mishima's Temple of the Golden Pavilion.

Rain in Shanghai. A memoir of the Pandemic set in Shanghai in January 2020. This volume is one of the sequels to Sydneyside Reflections. It is preceded by Postscript Chiang Mai and is followed by the three volumes of Tokyo Wanderer, a series of psychogeographical travel memoirs set in Tokyo during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Postscript Chiang Mai: Prelude to a Pandemic. The sequel to Sydneyside Reflections depicts the city of Chiang Mai on its final weekend before the pandemic hits. Covering four days and written in the same experimental second-person style as Sydneyside Reflections, this is the first in Mark's sequence of Coronovirus Pandemic memoirs.


News:

My flash fiction "Yam Cakes in the Rain" was published in New York's Cagibi on 4 October 20201. 

My story "An Osaka GIrl" was published in Flash Fiction Magazine on 18 September 2021.

My experimental/visual flash, "Luoyang Railway Station October 2019: A Montage in 100 T-Shirts," was published in Holland by Vrije University's literary journal, Expanded Field, on 12 December 2019. The story can be seen here:

https://www.expandedfieldjournal.com/pieces/luoyang-railway-station-october-2019-a-montage-in-100-t-shirts

My story "The Einstein Effect" was published in Issue 32 of Chicago Quarterly Review on 9 December 2020.
 
Four of my Shanghai photos and some small excerpts from my 2020 Pandemic memoir, Rain in Shanghai, were published in New Zealand's Love in the Time of Covid: Chronicle of a Pandemic on 16 October 2020: https://loveinthetimeofcovidchronicle.com/2020/10/16/rain-in-shanghai-mark-crimmins/

An author interview about Sydneyside Reflections and the series of which it is a part was published in New Zealand's Flash Frontier on 30 September 2020. Many thanks to editor Michelle Elvy for giving me such generous space to discuss my work in the magazine! People can find see the interview by clicking on the following link:
https://www.flash-frontier.com/2020/09/30/crimmins-sydneyside/?fbclid=IwAR3mQ-91guFJZxi30PIn6elE4wNY0YnFqGAWz-IWbMPzbKuxz3HqZJ60UiM
 
FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS 

My story "A Tiny Island" will be published in the 50th anniversary issue of Kansas literary magazine Inscape early in 2022.

My story "Spreader" will be published later this year in Cirque.

My story "Woman's Brain Sees Man" will be published in an upcoming issue of South Florida Poetry Journal.

My story "Little Baby Bananas" will be published in an upcoming issue of Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art.

My story "The My Left Leg Chainsaw Massacre" will be included in an anthology published by the University of Melbourne's Grattan Street Press. I'm very happy to have yet another publication in Australia! 
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YEAR BY YEAR RECENT PUBLICATIONS [updated 5 October 2021 in Hong Kong]

2021

"Yam Cakes in the Rain" was published in New York's Cagibi on 4 October 2021. 

"The Future is Now," my photoessay about Shenzhen, was published in Amsterdam Quarterly on 21 Sept 2021.

"An Osaka Girl" was published in Flash Fiction Magazine on 18 September 2021.


2020

Sydneyside Reflections, my first book, was published by Adelaide's Everytime Press on 10 June 2020.

"Luoyang Railway Station: A Montage in 100 T-Shirts" was published in Holland's Expanded Field on 12 Dec. 2020.

"The Einstein Effect" was published in Chicago Quarterly Review on 9 December 2020.

'Teotihuacan" was published in Construction Literary Magazine on 15 September 2020.

"Sea of Grass" was published in Cloudbank 14 on 31 July 2020.

"Out in Yakima" was published in Dartmouth College's Lifelines Magazine, Volume 10, on 14 July 2020.

"The Story Behind the Story: The Only Song is the Song of the Self" appeared in Fiction Southeast on 1 April 2020.

"The Watchers and the Watched" was published by Columbia Journal on 12 January 2020.


2019

"Gyroscope" was published in Maryland Literary Review on 9 December 2019.

"Orchard and Claymore" was published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore on 31 October 2019.

"The Only Song is the Song of the Self" was published in Fiction Southeast on 21 October 2019.

"Ffestiniog 1974" was published in Issue 92 of Burningword Literary Journal on 5 October 2019.

"Cross Current Kuala Lumpur" was published in Avatar Review on 11 August 2019.

"Devil's Drop" was published in Pure Slush's anthology, 7 Deadly Sins, Volume 7: Pride, on 31 May 2019.


"Crossing the Guadiana" was published in Oregon's Perceptions: A Magazine of the Arts on 29 May 2019.

"Saint Jean" was published in New Zealand's Flash Frontier on 3 May 2019.
 
"The Third Lake" was published in an anthology, America's Emerging Writers, on 31 March 2019.
 
"Chain Letter: An Artifact" was published in Issue 4 of Oregon's 45th Parallel Magazine on 22 March 2019.

"History Repeats and Stories Become Complete," my review of Jose de Pierola's collection of stories, Fabulations, was published in Heavy Feather Review on 22 February 2019: https://heavyfeatherreview.org/2019/02/22/fabulations/

"Hong Kong Labyrinth" was republished by FlashFiction.Net, an ally of The Journal of Compressed Literary Arts, on 29 January 2019. This story was originally published in theNewerYork in 2014 but had been lost when theNewerYork and its attendant websites were no longer available online. Many thanks to Randall Brown for bringing this piece back from oblivion and introducing it to a new audience!

"The Undertow" was published in Pure Slush's anthology, 
7 Deadly Sins, Volume 5: Wrath, on 30 January 2019. Many thanks to Matt Potter for bringing this story out.

2018


"Keyboard" was published in 7 Deadly Sins, Volume 4: Sloth, an Austraiian anthology, on 25 November 2018. I'm excited about this, partly because it's my Australian debut.


"Yanagawa" was (re)published in Chaleur Magazine on 3 November 2018. For the first time, this story is published with a transcript so it can be read with a standard English script direction! 



"Cross Section Hanoi' was published in the UK's Long Exposure Magazine on 24 October 2018.


"Benton City and the End of the World" was publlished in Eclectica on 15 October 2018.


"What Every Man Needs," a Tokyo story, was published in the October Issue of Pif Magazine, Issue 257.


"Recognition on Forty-Seventh Street" was published in the UK's Spelk on 26 September 2018.


"Eagle Rock," another flash fiction from Intersections, was published in an anthology, Utah's Best Emerging Writers, on 18 September 2018.


"The Great Negation," one of the flash fictions from my collection, Intersections: Experiments in Short Fictional Form, was published in Eunoia Review on 4 September 2018.



Links to some of Mark's stories published online:

"Yam Cakes in the Rain" in New York's Cagibihttps://cagibilit.com

"Teotihuacan" in Construction Literary Magazinehttp://constructionlitmag.com/architecture/teotihuacan

"Guangzhou Doubletake" in Eastlithttps://www.eastlit.com/eastlit-august-2015/eastlit-content-august-2015/guangzhou-doubletake/

"Sea of Glass" in Columbia Journalhttp://columbiajournal.org/sea-of-glass-by-mark-crimmins/

"Padang Besar" in Apalachee Reviewhttp://apalacheereview.org/66/MarkCrimmins.pdf

"The Postcard" in Flashhttp://www.chester.ac.uk/sites/files/chester/SampleStories8.2.pdf

"Doppelganger" in Pif Magazinehttp://www.pifmagazine.com/2015/09/doppelganger/

"What Charlie Said" in Tampa Reviewhttps://tampareview.org/what-charlie-said

"Rockaway" in Cortland Reviewhttp://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/71/crimmins_f.php

"Seokguram" in Quarterly Literary Review Singaporehttp://www.qlrs.com/story.asp?id=1154

"Shiretoko" in Trainless Magazinehttp://trainlessmagazine.com/article/13/shiretoko.html


 
Awards and Nominations


"Benton City and the End of the World" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors of Eclectica Magazine on 9 December 2018. Many thanks to Tom Dooley and the editors of Eclectica for this recognition and nomination!

"Benton City and the End of the World" was a runner up for Eclectica Magazine's Spotlight Award: 15 October 2018.

In April 2015, "Shiretoko" was nominated by Kristyn Bacon, Founding Editor of Trainless Magazine, for a 2015 Silver Pen Authors Association Write Well Award. Many thanks to Kristyn for this recognition and nomination!

"Incident on Abiko Street" was nominated by the editors of Cha for a Best of the Net Award in October 2014. 

"Incident on Abiko Street" was nominated for a Pushcart Fiction Prize by Cha in November 2014.

My proposal for Stories Without Geishas, a collection of Japanese tales, was shortlisted for the 2003 David T. K. Wong Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.


Invited Readings
10 May 2005. Medicine Show Theater, Hell's Kitchen, New York City. I was invited to read "On This Most Perfect Day" and "The Dick Doctor's Wife," my first two published flash fictions (alternate titles: "Yonge and Charles" and "Bay and Charles") at the issue launch party for avant-garde New York journal Happy. These were the first of my Intersections stories to be published. Many thanks to editor Bayard for this early recognition and publication. The fabled New York audience did not disappoint. To have my first reading be in New York City was definitely a big moment for me.

FICTION PUBLICATION HISTORY

On 10 May 2005, “Yonge and Charles” and “Bay and Charles,” the first two flash fictions from my Intersections series, were published in New York avant-garde literary journal Happy. “Slimer,” the first story from my collection Characters Madmen Alone Can Read, was published in Issue 108 (the Transformations issue) of Confrontation Magazine in the fall of 2010. A fourth experimental story, “Cryptograph,” was published in theNewerYork on 9 October 2013 as part of its Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature. My fifth story, "Perros en la Calle," appeared in Issue 6 of English Studies in Latin America (Santiago, Chile) in December 2013. A sixth story, "Yanagawa,"--the first of my Japanese stories to be published--appeared in theNewerYork on 7 January 2014, also as part of the Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature. My seventh story, "Illusion of Depth," was published on 17 February 2014 in Columbia Journal, and an eighth story, "Chiricahua," was published in the International Issue of New Zealand's Flash Frontier on 21 February 2014. My ninth fiction publication, "Incident on Abiko Street" (my second Japanese story and also the second story from Characters Madmen Alone Can Read to appear) was published in Hong Kong on 31 March 2014 by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal as part of its Sixth Anniversary Issue. My tenth story, "What Charlie Said," was published on 1 April 2014 in Issue 2.4 of Tampa Review. My eleventh fiction publication, "Sea of Glass," was published in Columbia Jounal on 16 May 2014. A twelfth story, "Lines Written on a Mall Parking Lot Bench in Mesquite Nevada," was published in Singapore's Eunoia Review on 24 June 2014. My thirteenth story, microfiction "Riding the Rails," was published in Pif Magazine on 1 August 2014. A fourteenth story, "Big Baby Moses," was published on 1 September 2014 in Issue 3 of Split Rock Review. My fifteenth story, "Solstitial," was published in the International Issue of New Zealand's Flash Frontier on 16 September 2014. My sixteenth story, "A Sort of Twilight," was published in New Hampshire's Penmen Review on 8 October 2014. This was the fourth story to be published from my collection, Characters Madmen Alone Can Read. My seventeenth story, "Revolution of the Bean," another microfiction from Intersections, was published in Portland Review on 19 October 2014. My eighteenth story, "Hong Kong Labyrinth" was published in theNewerYork on 26 November 2014. My nineteenth story, "Montreal Refraction," was published in Singapore's Eunoia Review on 29 November 2014. My twentieth story, "Shiretoko," was published in the inaugural issue of Berlin's Trainless Magazine on 28 December 2014. My twenty-first story, "Seokguram," set in Korea, was published in the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore on 31 January 2015. My twenty-second story, "Awa Odori," set in Shikoku, was published in Issue 82 of Japan's Kyoto Journal on 3 May 2015. My twenty-third and twenty-fourth stories, "Kunming Train" and "Gaungzhou Interlude," were published in Gravel Magazine on 1 June 2015. My twenty-fifth story, "The Uberdog: A Lecture," was published in the Humor and Satire section of Eclectica Magazine on 18 July 2015. My twenty-sixth story, "Guangzhou Doubletake," was published in the August issue of Eastlit on 1 August 2015. My twenty-seventh story, "Doppelganger," was published in the Micro Fiction section of Pif Magazine on 1 September 2015. My twenty-eighth story, "I-80 & 49th," was published by Wild Age Press's Restless Magazine on 14 September 2015. My twenty-ninth story, "Thief of Holes," was published in Issue 9 (the print edition) of Prick of the Spindle on 31 October 2015. My thirtieth story, "Last Night at the Dead Goat," was published in Atticus Review on 10 November 2015. My thirty-first story, "Axis of Combination," was published in Apocrypha & Abstractions on 30 November 2015. My thirty-second story, Manchester micro "Anomaly," was published in the December Microfiction Issue of New Zealand's Flash Frontier. My thirty-third story, "Washington and Polk," a San Francisco flash, was published in Dogzplot Flash Fiction on 11 January 2016. My thirty-fourth story, "Showdown in Silicon Alley," was published in the Journal of Microliterature on 7 February 2016. My thirty-fifth story, "City Girl," was published in Eunoia Review on 10 March 2016. My thirty-sixth story, "Gray," was published in Issue 52 of Ellipsis in April 2016. My thirty-seventh story, "No Time Hath She," was pubished in Pif Magazine on 1 May 2016. My thirty-eighth story, "About the Author," was published in Blue Fifth Review on 5 May 2016. My thirty-ninth story, "Rockaway," was published in New York's Cortland Review on 24 May 2016. My fortieth story, "Midnight in the Carré St. Louis," was published in Queen's Quarterly (Canada's oldest literary magazine) on 7 June 2016. "The Postcard," my forty-first story, was published on 23 June 2016 in the October 2015 issue of the UK's Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, a print only publication. My forty-second story, "Padang Besar," also a print only publication, was published in Issue 66 of Apalachee Review on 15 October 2016. My forty-third story, "Bear Hug and Snake Bum," was published in Issue 11, the print issue, of Prick of the Spindle on 24 October 2016. My forty-fourth story, "Characters Madmen Alone Can Read," was published in Chicago Quarterly Review on 13 June 2017. My forty-fifth story, "Into the Valley of Death," a flash section from my road trip memoir, An American Safari, was published in Issue 22 of Del Sol Review in early September 2017. My forty-sixth story, "First and Adams," was published on 25 November 2017 in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. My forty-seventh story, "The Great Negation," was published in Singapore's Eunoia Review on 4 September 2018. My forty-eighth story, "Eagle Rock," was published in an anthology, Utah's Best Emerging Writers, on 18 September 2018. My forty-ninth story, "Recognition on Forty-Seventh Street," was published in the UK's Spelk on 26 September 2018. My fiftieth story, "What Every Man Needs," was published in Pif Magazine in October 2018. My fifty-first story, "Benton City and the End of the World," was published in Eclectica Magazine on 15 October 2018. My fifty-second story, "Cross Section Hanoi," was published in the Wales's Long Exposure Magazine on 24 October 2018. My fifty-third publication is a republication of "Yanagawa," which appeared in Chaleur Magazine on 3 November 2018. My fifty-third story, "Keyboard," was published in an Australian anthology, Seven Deadly Sins,Volume 4: Sloth, on 25 November 2018. My fifty-fifth publication is a republicatioin of "Hong Kong Labyrinth," which appeared in FlashFiction.Net on 29 January 2019. My fifty-fourth story, "The Undertow," was published in the Australian anthology, Seven Deadly Sins,Volume 5: Anger, on 30 January 2019. My fifty-fifth story, "Chain Letter: An Artifact," was published in Oregon's 45th Parallel Magazine on 22 March 2019. My fifty-sixth story, "The Third Lake," was published in the anthology, America's Emerging Writers on 31 March 2019. My fifty-seventh story, "Saint Jean" was published in New Zealand's Flash Frontier on 3 May 2019. My fifty-eighth story, "Crossing the Guadiana," was published in Oregon's Perceptions: A Magazine of the Arts on 29 May 2019. My fifty-ninth story, "Devil's Drop," was published in Pure Slush's 7 Deadly Sins Anthology, Volume 7: Pride, on 31 May 2019. My sixtieth story, "Cross Current Kuala Lumpur," was published in Avatar Review on 11 August 2019. My sixty-first story, "Ffestiniog 1974," was published in Burningword Literary Journal on 5 October 2019. My sixty-second story, "The Only Song is the Song of the Self," was published in Fiction Southeast on 21 October 2019. My sixty-third story, "Orchard and Claymore," was published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore on 31 October 2019. My sixty-fourth story, "Gyroscope," was published in Maryland Literary Review on 9 December 2019. My sixty-fifth story, "The Watchers and the Watched," was published in Columbia Journal on 12 January 2020. My sxity-sixth story, "Out in Yakima," was published in Dartmouth College's Lifelines Magazine on 14 July 2020. My sixty-seventh story, "Sea of Grass," was published in the fourteenth issue of Cloudbank Magazine on 31 July 2020. My sixty-eighth story, "Teotihuacan," was published in Construction Literary Magazine on 15 September 2020. My sixty-ninth story, "The Einstein Effect," was published in Chicago Quarterly Review on 9 December 2020. My seventieth story, "Luoyang Railway Station October 2019: A Montage in 100 T-Shirts," was published in Amsterdam's Expanded Field magazine on 12 December 2020. My seventy-first story, "An Osaka Girl," was published in Flash Fiction Magazine on 18 September 2021. My seventy-second story, "Yam Cakes in the Rain," was published in Cagibi on 4 October 2021. My seventy-third story, "The My Left Leg Chainsaw Massacre," will appear soon in an anthology published by the University of Melbourne's Grattan Street Press. My seventy-fourth story, "Litlte Baby Bananas," will be published in an upcoming issue of Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art. My seventy-fifth story, "Woman's Brain Sees Man," will be published in upcoming issue of South Florida Poetry Journal. My seventy-sixth story, "Spreader," will be published in an upcoming issue of Cirque. My seventy-seventh story, "A Tiny Island," will be published in the 50th Anniversary issue of Kansas literary magazine Inscape





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