03 May 2017

What Books Press

Gary Oldman Is a Building You Must Walk Through is on its way from What Books Press of Los Angeles, and will be available for purchase October 15. Some advance praise from these superfine people:

"Gary Oldman... is a gloriously entrancing 'elaboration,' an obsession in prose. One wonders at Gary Oldman, containing multitudes: Wittgenstein's Nephew comes to mind, though so do Notable American Women, The Making of Americans, I Looked Alive. 'This is something which the I hasn't been trained for,' we're told. Indeed." -- Gabriel Blackwell, author of Madeleine E.

"A tessellation of spinning faces—some legendary, some just neurotic—Forrest Roth’s Gary Oldman... is a playful pattern, masterfully tailored, as though for a famous actress, a red carpet star. Perhaps without blushing, perhaps she signs her autograph." -- Lily Hoang, author of A Bestiary

"Like an exploded villanelle, or Oulipo with invisible constraints, this darkly playful Beckettian monologue maps a syntactically circuitous route to the meaning of fame, violence, interiority, and language itself. It's smart, it's mysterious, and it's damn funny." -- Shya Scanlon, author of The Guild of Saint Cooper

"Gary Oldman... is an insanely original, hyperreal romp through the simulacra of celebrity and culture and celebrity culture. In this sprawling monologue of a book, Roth proves that a novel can be just that: novel. There are no precedents." -- Ryan Ridge, author of American Homes

16 December 2016


Wild and wonderful: "The Oblique Romantic," a little prosery to finish the year at Timber.

19 September 2016

Black Sun Lit

Won't you guess my name: "A Senile Lucifer" now posted at Black Sun Lit. Title and inspiration from aphorism by E.M. Cioran. Moody synth backgrounds by Wang Chung.

15 September 2016

The Collagist

Sangre en el ojo: my review of Lina Meruane's Seeing Red (Deep Vellum, 2016; trans. Megan McDowell) is posted at this month's Collagist, along with work by Margo Berdeshevsky, Christy and Ryan Call, Sara Greenslit, Stephen Massimilla and others.

15 July 2016

The Collagist

My review of Adam Tipps Weinstein's collection of not-quite-non-fiction Some Versions of the Ice (Les Figues, 2016) is now up at this month's issue of The Collagist, also featuring work by Rikki Ducornet, Robert Lopez, Kate Petersen and others.

14 June 2016

What Books Press

I'm very pleased to announce What Books Press of Los Angeles will be publishing my novel Gary Oldman Is A Building You Must Walk Through, slated for an October 2017 release. Much gratitude to Gail Wronsky, Chuck Rosenthal, and members of the Glass Table Collective for their enthusiastic support of this manuscript, as well as to the editors of the fine journals where selections have appeared, especially Gabriel Blackwell, Jared Daniel Fagen, Sarah Gallien, and Jason Teal.

09 March 2016

Sundress Publications

http://www.sundresspublications.com/bestof/The Best of the Net 2015 Anthology from Sundress Publications is now posted, which I had the pleasure of reading for on the Fiction side. Thanks to the SP crew for having me aboard, and congratulations to all the winners.