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Sticks & Bricks: Stories from the Wrong Side of the Tracks

Cover from The Wrong Side of the Tracks: Stories, formerly known as Sticks and Bricks. Cover shows a girl peering through a chain link fence at boxcars sitting on a siding with graffiti painted on their sides.

So many people have been patiently waiting for news of the selection progress with Sticks & Bricks. At last, the editors, have given us the go-ahead to share a longlist with everyone, with heartfelt apologies because family emergencies intruded, and kept the selection process on hold for too long. We won’t be able to fit all of these into the book, but at least submitters can check this list to see if their submission is still under consideration.

Biographies for the three editors of this anthology, with small thumbnail photos for Luanne Smith, Michael Gills, and T.E. Wilderson

The Longlist (and a name change)


  • Hallmark Town—Linda Heuring
  • A Day In the Life of a Five Year Old Pool Player—Francine Roderiguez
  • Paquete—Dan Timoskevich
  • Backyards—Catherine Alexander
  • All the Lonely People—Alex Stein (lyrics issue)
  • King of the Lake—Christine Rice
  • Dogs Always Bark—Melissa Chordas
  • A White Girl, A Horse, Two Cats and a Dog—Deborah Meltvedt
  • The Lesser Countries—August Tarrier
  • Witnesses—April Asbury
  • Human Statues—Leslie Johnson
  • Settle—Troy Bernardo
  • Diorama—Steve Tem
  • Street Sermon Annie—Vali Hawkins-Mitchell
  • Gonna Like It in the Jailhouse—Polar Levine
  • Whatever Happened to the American Dream—Don Robishaw
  • By the Grace—Gayle Bell (flash fiction)
  • Jets—R. Louis Fox
  • Gina and the Werewolf—Hadley Moore
  • Federico and His Boy—Victoria Ballesteros
  • Canary—Virginia Pina (pen name Watts)
  • Private Duties—Madeleine Mysko
  • The Angel of Lead Belly’s—John Mauk


  • Hunger—Pirette McKamey
  • Fast Hands, Fast Feet—Maurice Carlos Ruffin
  • Afterglow—Steph Post
  • Some Get-Back—Eric Miles Williamson
  • Leaving Early—Penn Stewart
  • Grit—Jesse Waters
  • Hard Shoes—Steve Gutierrez
  • The Short Story—Steve Gutierrez
  • Palette—Chavisa Woods
  • Kitty Rose—Jana Sasser (J.C. Sasser)
  • Flowchart—Kim Addonizio
  • Christmas Story of the Golden Cockroach—Ana Castillo
  • Old Dogs—Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • Amusement—Joe Haske
  • TBD—Elizabeth “e.” Stuelke
  • Tea Training—Zary Fekete (Zaqary)
  • The Bride Beneath my Bed—Lee Zacharias
  • TBD—Chavisa Woods
  • The Main Game—Chris Offutt
  • Barbie-Q—Sandra Cisneros
  • TBD—Manual Munoz
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Southern Festival of Books 2023

Map for the 2023 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee

We will be attending the Southern Festival of Books in 2023 It is in Nashville again this year, and we loved it so much last year, we can’t wait to get back. We look forward to seeing so many friends, especially, our wonderful Linda Parsons has a book that we published featured, Valediction. She’ll be there with us at booth number 27. Come see us there!

This will be the 35th annual Southern Festival of Books–among the oldest literary festivals in the country. It is free to attend with performance stages, food trucks, publishers and booksellers. (We’ll be at booth #27.)

Festival weekend (Oct. 21 and 22) takes place in downtown Nashville. The Festival grounds include Bicentennial Mall State Park, the Tennessee State Museum, and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Read more at their website:

At the sponsors dinner during the Southern Festival of books 2022. At back are Linda Parsons and Pauletta Hansel, and seated are Susan O'Dell Underwood, Kim Davis, and Jeff Hardin. All are glowing.
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Madville Publishing to Attend AWP23

Madville Publishing Banner for #AWP23
AWP, Association of Writers & Writing Programs

2023 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Seattle, Washington
March 8–11, 2023
Seattle Convention Center

Madville Publishing will once again be in attendance at AWP2023. These are the details we know so far:

Madville will be at Booth #722 in the book fair

Thursday, March 9, 2023

9:00-5:00 PM in the book fair (Booth number 722)

6:00-7:30 PM Meet and Greet the Madvillans

Reception in the Ballard Ballroom, Sheraton Grand Seattle, Third Floor, Pike Street Tower
Madville Publishing invites friends and those who would like to become friends to join us for an opportunity to meet our authors. There will be libations!!

Friday, March 10, 2023

9:00-5:00 PM in the book fair (Booth number 722)

4:00-7:30 PM Madvillans Read – Offsite event – (but it’s really onsite!)

The Columbia Room, Sheraton Grand, Seattle, Fourth Floor, Union Tower

(Readings from Jodi Angel, Lee Zacharias, Maurice Ruffin, Cherise Pollard, Lana Austin, Michael Gills, Francine Rodriguez, karla k. morton, Wondra Chang, Rick Campbell, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Makayla Gay, Bruce Overby, Susan O’Dell Underwood, Mike Hilbig, Dion O’Reilly, Hillary Behrman, Kim Addonizio, Anna Sandy-Elrod, Raye Hendrix, Jenny Molberg, Kim Davis, Lisa Rose, and Gigi Marino.)

Saturday, March 11, 2023

9:00-5:00 PM in the book fair (Booth number 722)

9:00-10:15 AM (S118) Urban and Rural: Writing about Poverty

(Luanne Smith,  Michael Gills,  Troy Wilderson,  Stephanie Powell Watts,  Francine Rodriguez)

While class is often the backdrop to a story rather than the main point, writing about poverty is often compartmentalized. Grit Lit, Street Lit, Kmart fiction, even noir, there seems to be a place to put this work rather than actually looking at it as writing about the human condition. This panel brings together prose writers from rural and urban settings to discuss commonalities, differences and the bigger picture when class is a major factor in the work.

Have a look at our Spring 2023 books, & help us launch them at AWP23

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Southern Festival of Books 2022

Madville Publishing Is proud to be a sponsor at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, at War Memorial Plaza and the Nashville Public Library Friday, October 14: 12:00-5:00pm Saturday, October 15: 10:00am-6:00pm Sunday, October 16: 12:00-5:00pm
Madville Publishing Is proud to be a sponsor at the 2022  Southern Festival of Books NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE,  at War Memorial Plaza and the Nashville Public Library      Friday, October 14: 12:00-5:00pm      Saturday, October 15: 10:00am-6:00pm      Sunday, October 16: 12:00-5:00pm

Humanities Tennessee presents The 34rd annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠! The Festival is among the oldest literary festivals in the country, annually welcoming approximately 200 authors and 25,000 visitors each October. The Festival is free, and includes performance stages, food trucks, and more than 60 publishers and booksellers. After two years of virtual programming, we look forward to seeing you on The Plaza. 

And Madville is proud to share that we have not one, but THREE TITLES FEATURED in 2022.

These titles are:

Poster for the 2022 Southern Festival of Books.

You can see them listed with all the other wonderful Southern Festival of Books featured authors for 22.