Total Oblivion

"A fast-paced, suspenseful dystopian picaresque, part Huck Finn and part bizarro-world Swiss Family Robinson..."



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Skinny Dipping

Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Crawford Award. Title short story listed for the 2000 O. Henry award.

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Futures, Options, and Swaps (the weblog of Alan DeNiro)

About Me

This is a continuation of a blog that I’ve been keeping since September 2002, of divers subjects and cacophanies. So, about me? Born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1973, 12 years of Catholic school, B.A. in English from the College of Wooster, MFA in poetry writing from the University of Virginia. Author of two poetry chapbooks: The Black Hare and Atari Ecologues. I’ve also released a 165-page poem, The Stations, for free in the wilds of the Internet with a pretty loose creative commons license. You can download it here or here.

My first short story collection, Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead, came out from Small Beer Press in June 2006. If you’re curious about my short fiction and the book, you can download the book as a “fun-size” edition (about a third of it) for free here.

In 2009, Ballantine/Spectra published my novel Total Oblivion, More or Less.

My second story collection, Tyrannia, is coming out from Small Beer Press in October 2013.

In addition to fiction I also write poetry, reviews, essays, and interactive fiction (links to which you can find here).

Married to Kristin Livdahl, human being and writer extraordinaire. Saga of the Raiding Team is a story of hers I have posted here. We have two beautiful twins, Alessandra and Tobias, and three cats and a dog.

Feel free to email and say hi.