“Poison Snail Fight” at Fiction Southeast

Fiction Southeast published my flash story “Poison Snail Fight” today (2/1/2019). It’s based on a vivid childhood memory of growing up in southwest LA in the 1960s where we roamed like a pack of wild dogs through the streets and alleys and backyards. We periodically collected soft shell snails and divided into teams on opposite street corners. I saw a snail go down one kid’s gullet. He was too surprised to spew it back up. He didn’t die, at least not of that.

Everything else is fiction, especially the family. My actual family consists of disgustingly well adjusted people, a fact that hampers my fiction. Writers are far better off with miserable families and childhoods. No such luck for me. I do not resent them for this.

Fiction Southeast should be publishing a ‘writing of’ essay and an audio version of the story in the future. Updates to follow.


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How is Henry?

Google guesses on a search. Which means people want to know about quiet desperation AND that Henry David Thoreau is doing OK.


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Hello World

New web infrastructure

Hello World.

If you’re reading this you’re on my spectacular new website. I can say that because I didn’t design it, Adrienne Asher did.

I am lucky she agreed to do it and lucky she stuck with it. The process resembled an Adventure Quest, including a non-cooperative site host (not GoDaddy) and a major WordPress version upgrade, all of which she weathered with grace and skill.

Adrienne is a tremendously talented poet, painter and food blogger. All of her work deserves your attention and I encourage you to visit her stunning website here. My thanks to her for a wonderful job.


I’ll try not to screw it up.

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New Year, New Website

Here’s to welcome changes, both local and global.

This year will be bringing me a lot of new writing projects, readings, and events, but the first order of business was to create this new website. I worked with Adrienne Asher to create something clean, modern, and easy to navigate, and think it will serve me well.

To get updates on all things Kaye, just fill in the “sign up today” form—you’ll find it at the bottom of the right sidebar. Looking froward to keeping in touch—

photo: Robert P. Kaye, “Engines of tourism and commerce on the Seattle waterfront”

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