Catching Up with Michael Hammerle
When we asked former contributors what they’ve been up to since being published in The Matador Review, Michael Hammerle (TMR: Winter 2017) sent us this update.
So, to get going, I was published in the Winter 2017 issue of Matador Review. Since then a few really good things have happened to me: I had a piece of flash fiction "Killerman"—my first ever published fiction writing—selected by Amy Hempel as one of the 2017 Best Small Fictions winners. The anthology came out late August and includes great writers such as Allegra Hyde, Kathy Fish, Joy Williams, Len Kuntz, and Stuart Dybek. It's available from Braddock Avenue Books, Amazon, and other places as well. So I'm still blown away and I'm grateful every day for being included in the anthology.
When I'd been deserted in the salt flats, and knew it, looking at the emerging moon, I reluctantly decided I had to break character. I did not call Dr. Bringem. I called my mother.
When my writing was accepted here, at Matador Review, I was a recent graduate with a BA from the University of Florida. I applied to graduate school for the MFA and now I attend the Bennington College Writing Seminars for fiction writing. I'm nearly done with my first semester.
I'm a longtime fan of New World Writing and I just got a flash fiction story, "The Horse Did Not Always Go Home," published there. Furthermore, I had a story, "Laugh Now-Cry Later," published on December 12th in the Contemporary Fiction issue of Chicago Literati.
I've actually been publishing poetry longer than fiction but I took some time off from that. I recently sent some poems out. One of them, "Cardboard Kingdom," has been published in the Summer 2017 issue of Poetry Quarterly. Two more poems, "Old Woman and Tea" and "Light and Heat," will be published in the Sandy River Review (at The River) and in Corvus Review, respectively.
I still live in Gainesville, Florida. Hurricane Irma hit the city and surrounding areas pretty good but we recovered a week or so after it made landfall in September. During the hurricane my fiancée was 9 months pregnant with our daughter. We were without power for five days, dealt with food, gas, and water shortages. Nicely, one of those acceptances came during the storm. And two more directly after my healthy daughter's birth. Her name is Aurora Story Hammerle. We joke since she went through so much, maybe she'll be a writer.
¹ Quote pulled from Hammerle's flash fiction piece, "The Experiment."