Fog, rain, fire, and blood

I’ve been in Alabama since the 10th of August.

16 hours straight from Jersey to Bama.

Through thunder, hell, country music, and Christian pop, I am still alive.




Blogging for the MFA Years

From August 17 to May 18, I’ll be writing up articles for TheMFAYears blog. So excited.

Check out the assortment of talented writers who will also be documenting their experience. Voices in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

First Year

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…/

If you enjoyed my short story, YOUNG BROWN MAN AND THE LAUNDROMAT WEREWOLF from The Kelsey Review, you might like the following stories and music that inspired it:

  1. Haruki Murakami’s THE STRANGE LIBRARY is a short novelette about a boy who goes to a library, gets captured, and has to escape. A rat man, a shadowy girl, and a psychotic librarian are all involved. You can buy it here: or borrow it at your library.

Here’s one of Murakami’s short stories from The New Yorker that you can read for free right now:

  1. E Decker’s FOREVER NOW:

A short story available at Fireside Fiction. It’s about a child who gets lost at a mall. When she asks for help, the first person she meets asks if her parents exploded.


It’s about two guys who head to a party to meet girls, but nothing is as it seems.


Here are some songs that inspired it:

  1. Childish Gambino: 3005
  2. Jhene Aiko and Childish Gambino: Bed Peace
  3. Drake and Jhene Aiko: From Time