My experimental/allegorical flash fiction piece “Rehabilitation” is in The Mad River, a brand-new Medium publication run by Julia Kantic and Erika Lamport.

If you can, please check it out and clap for it. Also, you should consider submitting to them.



Missed Turn

I’m very excited that my flash fiction piece “Missed Turn” has been published in the excellent Fictive Dream. You can read it here.

Also, you should follow them on Twitter and (if you write flash fiction) submit to them.

New Publications

October is turning out to be a great month for me. Not only has it been unusually warm here in New England, but I’ve recently had several of my works appear in both print and online journals.

First, my magical realism short story “Reflections” appeared in the first issue of Moonchild Magazine.

Second, my poem “Yahoo, I’ve Been Hacked” is in the inaugural issue of Hi Vis Press’ new print journal, Low Light Magazine.

Finally, my spooky Halloween found poem “The Devil” is in Unlost Journal.

Check them out. Then submit your work to them.


New Poems

I’ve had some new poems published recently.

A Pre-Summer Daydream” was published at Lit Up, a cool journal edited by DiAmaya Dawn and Alexandro Chen, who are both great writers in their own right.

Nadia Gerassimenko, whose poetry chapbook Moonchild Dreams comes highly recommended, published three more of my poems on her Tepid Autumn site. Nadia is not only writes great poems and nonfiction pieces, but she is also the editor-in-chief of Moonchild Magazine and associate editor of Luna Luna Magazine.


After the Sugar Rush

I’m excited to announce that my story “After the Sugar Rush” is in issue V of Hollow, the literary magazine published by the good folks at Broken Tooth Press.

This beautiful issue is available in both print and digital formats. Check it out, and then submit to them.



Long Lost

I’m very excited to be back in Five 2 One Magazine’s #thesideshow today with a new fiction piece, “Long Lost.” Love the folks at F:2:O. Submit something to them today.


Independence Day Revisited

Even though tomorrow is Labor Day here in the States, today is all about Independence Day.

My fiction piece “Independence Day Party,” which was published early this year in Glove #1 (now sold out), has now been reprinted in the awesome Fall 2017 issue of After the Pause. I’m very excited to be included in this zine, which has published some amazing fiction, poetry, and art over the last few years.



The Hand Shop

My weird little story “The Hand Shop” has been published by the good folks at OCCULUM.

They’ve been publishing some great stuff lately, so it’s an honor to be appearing in their zine.

The Hand Shop | by Christopher Iacono


The Twelve Opossums

My creative nonfiction piece “The Twelve Opossums,” which I discussed earlier this month, is now up at Ellipsis Zine. Thanks to editor Steve Campbell for publishing it.

Ellipsis Zine has only been around for a short time, but they’ve been killing it, so it’s quite an honor to have a piece published at this site. So if you’re looking for something to read, there’s plenty of great stuff there.


Stranger Than Fiction

Last month, I was excited to receive two acceptances. The first was from Hi Vis Press for a poem titled “Yahoo, I’ve Been Hacked.” It will be appearing in the inaugural issue of Hi Vis Press’ new magazine, Low Light, in September. Hi Vis Press is run by the same good folks who used to edit Hand Job Zine, which published a couple of my poems last summer.

The second was from a new online journal, Ellipsis Zine, for a short creative nonfiction (or CNF) piece titled “The Twelve Opossums.”

I’ll talk about the poem and the somewhat unusual inspiration for it in a future post, but today I’d like to talk about writing “The Twelve Opossums.”

If you glance at the tabs on my website, you’ll notice “About,” “Fiction and Poetry” and “Book Reviews.” There’s nothing about nonfiction or CNF. (By the way, I guess once “The Twelve Opossums” is published, I’m going to have to change the name of that second tab.) Not to say that I have never written nonfiction at all—I had a brief career as a journalist back in the nineties, and I’ve chronicled my writing (mis)adventures in this blog—but this is the first time I’ve written a nonfiction piece specifically written for a literary magazine audience.

Also, for the first time, the main character of a work is, well, me. Sure, I’ve written about myself in the blog posts (probably more than I should), but this time, I’ve become a character (although some people already think I’m quite a character). Of course, this character is obviously one I know very well, but still, it feels strange to be looking at yourself from the point of view of a creator.

As other writers do, I mine my experiences for my fiction and poetry, but I’ve never written anything I would consider autobiographical (“Against the Waves” was close, but the main story was a synthesis of different events that had taken place over years, and some of the characters were also conglomerates). The reason I hadn’t tackled CNF in the past is quite simply because I didn’t think any of my life experiences were that interesting. If Haruki Murakami thinks his life story could only fit on one page, I think mine would fit on a quarter of a page.

In fact, the event that inspired the piece was not earth-shattering; to be honest, it’s really nothing more a humorous anecdote. But I wanted to at least try turning that anecdote into something else. Doing that required me to not only relive that moment but dig deeper into it. Why do I want to tell this story? What can readers get out of it besides a few laughs? Also, while I’ve recounted this anecdote to many people over the years, I’ve never really considered the details, which is what I had to do for this piece. (Considering that the event took place thirty-four years ago, I’m surprised how much of it I remembered.)

At first, I was going to make it a straight memoir piece, but then I decided to really the put the C in CNF by borrowing techniques from experimental fiction. Doing this helped me to look at the event from a different angle, and I think it adds a different layer to the story. Using these techniques may not work for all CNF pieces I write going forward, but I think they worked for this particular story. I hope you will feel the same way when the piece is published later this month.

In the meantime, have you written/published any CNF pieces? If so, please feel free to talk about them and provide links in the comments.