Tillman Park

Anthony Martin:

I’m reblogging this, something I don’t usually do, because I think it needs wider exposure. Bravo, Nick–an excellent work of flash fiction.

Originally posted on Touchstones:

by Nicholas DiClementi

I was 9 years old when I first saw a dead body. It was late autumn, and the chilled wind blowing off the Appalachians scattered the leaves that had been covering the old man’s arms as I poked in the mud with a broken stick, digging for worms. I cannot remember how I felt then. The days that followed were freckled with police officers, news reports, interviews, and therapist visits.  The old man later identified as Richard Greene, a retired shopkeeper, had apparently died during his evening walk and the autumn breeze had covered him up. I mostly forgot about the experience not long after.


Living with your parents as an adult is not as bad as they make it out to be. Dad still cooks like a demon and mom’ll chat your ear off but she’s always good for some insight. The melancholy comes at…

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Creative Non-fiction Published in Chicago Literati

The folks at Chicago Literati were kind enough to publish a creative non-fiction piece of mine in “The Wanderlust Issue.” I wrote this piece after returning from a wedding–a beautiful, candid, touching wedding–where I had the opportunity to dance and drink and be weird with some of my closest friends. And of course, this piece was also inspired by Great Expectations and Candide, books I recently read for the first time.

Great Expectations, Or the Baby Melancholy and Nostalgia made

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Please enjoy “Windswept,” an early short story of mine that I’ve made available here in its entirety. This piece was originally published in Nib Magazine (now defunct).

A sharp jolt of pain shot from his pinned arm and froze him at the top of a lingering breath, where a flash of his son’s smile, his wife’s face, and the color of the girl’s touch were waiting like a mirage; but they were loath to stay and quickly turned to black as the pain eased its grip on Ernie’s nerves, allowing a final bounty of oxygen to leave his lungs and dissipate into the night air like a quick puff from a cigarette.

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The Prints Project at Pea River Journal

Write something deep-down, heartfelt, true, and the world will remember you.

The Prints Project at Pea River Journal is evidence of that. The premise, while it might appear straightforward, has already led to beautifully layered responses from contributors.

Akhmatova, Whitman, Pound, Dickinson, Baraka, Woolf–these are some of the faces that appeared in the mailboxes of contributors (including yours truly) to the Fall 2014 issue of Pea River Journal. The writer’s task: respond. No guidelines. Just respond to whatever the print stirs in you.

Take a moment and read what all of these talented writers have come up with in response to these wonderful prints:

The Prints Project at Pea River Journal


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Flash fiction featured in Lunch Ticket

I have a new piece of flash fiction up in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Lunch Ticket, the literary journal of the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles:

Perry and Vega

If you’ve read the piece and feel like engaging me with feedback, critique, or other such things, please do so in the comments section below, or by email. I look forward to reading the rest of the work in this issue, and send many thanks to the editors of Lunch Ticket.


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Short fiction published in pacificREVIEW

A short story of mine, “East to Asheville and the Hut on Chicken Legs,” was recently published in the 2014, print issue of pacificREVIEW. If you care to read it, click the link below and get yourself a copy.

Strangely Ever After

A special shout to Jacquelyn Phillips for working with me to bring the best out of this piece.

P.S. Stay tuned to some upcoming publications, including short fiction in Timber Journal and the June issue of Lunch Ticket.

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A Complaint For Delta, Or An Open Letter to the Airline Industry [UPDATED]

[Click here to read the response from Delta]

Below, you will find an unabridged copy of a complaint that I sent to Delta Airlines after a recent flight from Atlanta to San Diego (I’ve added some formatting for readability, formatting that was unavailable on the Delta complaint form). Consider this my open letter to the airline industry, in response to its practice of taking choice out of its customers hands.

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Ishmael the Tattooed

From “A Bower in the Arsacides,” a late chapter in Herman Mellville’s Moby Dick:

The skeleton dimensions I shall now proceed to set down are copied verbatim from my right arm, where I had them tattooed; as in my wild wanderings at that period, there was no other secure way of preserving such valuable statistics. But as I was crowded for space, and wished the other parts of my body to remain a blank page for a poem I was then composing–at least, what untattooed parts might remain–I did not trouble myself with the odd inches; nor, indeed, should inches at all enter into a congenial admeasurement of the whale.

Moby Dick by Herman Mellville

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Flash Fiction published in WhiskeyPaper

A short-short of mine, better termed flash fiction, was published today in WhiskeyPaper. If you care to read it, I’d love to hear what you think:

Up to St. Paul

I do hope you enjoy reading this piece. A special shout to Lessa Cross-Smith and Loran Smith for working with me to get this story out into the world.

P.S. Stay tuned to some upcoming publications, including my inclusion in the upcoming print issue of pacificREVIEW, and short fiction in Timber Journal and Lunch Ticket.


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Micro-Fiction published in Cheap Pop

I’m pleased to share my most recent publication, a peculiar piece of micro-fiction written quite a while ago. It is nice to see it find a home at Cheap Pop, a little micro-fiction rag that has generated quite the buzz in just a short time.

Two Thousand Miles Running

I do hope you enjoy reading this piece.

P.S. Stay tuned for some of my upcoming publications, including pacificREVIEW, WhiskeyPaperLunch Ticket and Timber Journal.


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