Intro post for The MFA Years is up


“Within the basement of the three-bedroom house that I rent in Tuscaloosa, there is a portal to hell. This particular hole belongs to Mikhail, the devil that has called Alabama his home for over a thousand years. Mikhail is not his first name; he goes by many names, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Dostoevsky on the sixteen-hour straight drive from Jersey to here, so the name stays…”

Click the quote to read on The MFA Years. (About 1850 words)



Short story nomination for PEN America Prize

Thank you to Jacqueline Vogtman and the Kelsey Review for nominating my short story for the 2017 PEN America/Robert J Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. I’m honored.

You can read YBMATLW for free on the Kelsey Review from the link below.

It’s about khaki pants, werewolves, and Drake.

If you’d like to know more about PEN America:


Kelsey Review

Very excited to announce that we’ve nominated Mark Galarrita’s story, “Young Brown Man and the Laundromat Werewolf” for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, which recognizes twelve emerging fiction writers each year for their debut short story published during a given calendar year in a literary magazine. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for him! You can read his story here:…/young-brown-man-and-the-laundro…/