Pushcart Prize Special Mention

November 28, 2007

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My essay, “Confessions of a Telemarketer,” originally published in the Colorado Review, has been given a Pushcart Prize Special Mention in the recently released Pushcart Prize XXXII, edited by Bill Henderson. The essay explores my former life as a telemarketer and the kind of person I became. This is my second Pushcart Prize Special Mention in the past two years.

The Pushcart Prize is the “most honored literary award in America” and has singled out some of the greatest literary work in print for the past three decades.


Essay to appear in SHENANDOAH

November 26, 2007

My essay titled “The Bone Road” has been accepted for publication in Shenandoah for their Spring 2008 issue. For over a half-century Shenandoah has been publishing some of the most important writers in American letters such as W. H. Auden, E. E. Cummings, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Ezra Pound, Joyce Carol Oates, as well as recent Pulitzer Prize winners Natasha Tretheway, Claudia Emerson, and Ted Kooser.

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Brandon’s memoir is nominated for Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

November 6, 2007

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Brandon’s forthcoming memoir, The Enders Hotel, winner of the 2007 River Teeth Prize for Literary Nonfiction, has been nominated for the 2008 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.


Brandon makes the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.

November 6, 2007

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Evolution of an essay: Brandon’s essay which was first published in High Desert Journal in the Spring of 2007, and which was later reprinted (in part) in The Utne Reader, will now be reprinted yet again in the Dallas Morning News, one of the nation’s most important newspapers.

Brandon’s essay was printed in the Sunday’s edition of the DMN on November 18, 2007. Click here to read the essay.

Artwork by Hanoch Piven, special to the DMN.


“The Enders Hotel” listed in the BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2007.

November 6, 2007

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The title piece from Brandon’s forthcoming memoir has been selected by Robert Atwan as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2007.  It is available in bookstores near you.


Brandon’s essay on pipe bombs reprinted in the UTNE READER.

November 6, 2007

The current issue of the Utne Reader features an excerpt from Brandon’s essay, “All That Glows,” first published in the High Desert Journal. Retitled, “When the Pipe Bomb Blows,” Brandon’s essay is the lead piece for Utne’s “Gleanings” section and is on newsstands now.


Brandon’s Essay, “Eleven Ways to Consider Air” to be anthologized.

November 4, 2007

Brandon’s essay, “Eleven Ways to Consider Air,” winner of the 2006 Willard R. Espy Award, and which was published in Ecotone, will now be anthologized in Borne on Air: Essays by Idaho Writers. The book, forthcoming from Eastern Washington University Press, is set to be released in the Spring of 2008 and will then be available in a bookstore near you.