Category Archives: Orlando Literary Scene

News Items!

Well, here in Orlando, we’ve survived Hurricane Matthew…mostly…until it swings back around and pops us in the eye for gloating.

I wanted to make a quick Fall 2016 posting to share a couple links.

The first is about my “Rhetoric of Comics” course. I was recently interviewed by a student in the College of Arts & Humanities about the course and its purpose, and you can find the final article here at NSM Today: “UCF Professor Uses Comic Strips to Teach Social Understanding.” There’s a picture of me drawing a picture on my office wall. Is that enough to entice you to follow the link?

Also, I forgot to share (back in July) a really cool online article about the literary community’s reaction to the Pulse shootings. This is from Sarah Nicholas at Book Riot, and–despite the horror of that day and its aftermath–I think this article is a really joyful look at a community coming together and doing beautiful things: “#Litlando Meets #Orlandostrong.”

And here’s a link to video of the monthly lit event “Loose Lips,” wherein I was recently invited to read an original piece of fiction called “Gabby Douglas Will Destroy Us All.” It’s a fun story, I think, and because it was topical in nature (the event essentially asks you to write about a current event) I don’t really have plans to seek publication with it. It lived at Loose Lips, in that bar, under the haze of two full beers (it was a week night, come on), and it now lives here in this video, and that is enough.

Soon, I hope to have another link to share, as one of my recent comics was accepted for publication online. Until then, it’s October, Scary Movie Month, so you know what I’ll be doing! That’s right! Falling asleep at 9 PM without watching a scary movie!

Orlando

Oh. hello there.

The week after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub was a difficult one for many of us in Orlando. I tried to organize my thoughts in comic form, posted the images on Facebook, and then was deeply honored to have Green Mountains Review publish the final comic on their site. I often use writing to make sense of things in my life, but this was probably the first time that I’d ever used the medium of the comic. For some reason, it just felt right.

You can see the final product here.

Coincidentally, I was also interviewed by the journal Prick of the Spindle about (among other things) how I write Florida fiction, and how I write the city of Orlando. That interview was written up last year sometime, and was slated to be published online on Father’s Day of this year. (A great deal of the interview focused upon my book The Things I Don’t See, which was really all about fatherhood.) Father’s Day, of course, came one week after the Pulse nightclub shootings.

It felt in poor taste to make too big a deal of this interview, since so much of it was about the city of Orlando as a setting for fiction, and yet the interview didn’t (obviously) acknowledge the shooting…I was really thankful to Prick of the Spindle for still running the interview, even though the tone of the piece (written before anyone could’ve predicted what would happen) is so at odds with what had just occurred. I haven’t reread the bits of the interview that discuss Orlando, but soon I will. It’s probably the closest I’ve come to writing a personal manifesto about “how I write about Florida” and “how I write about fraternity life,” so it’s definitely something that I feel strongly about, and–if you’ve read any of my work, and dig what you saw–it’s totally worth a read.

Thanks for reading and/or visiting this blog. Enjoy your summers: we’re just getting started, and already I feel like I want to go live in my freezer.

An Essay, and a Review

Last week, The Orlandoan was gracious enough to publish a series of my essays analyzing the depiction of Orlando in three young adult novels. The essay was occasioned by the release of John Green’s Paper Towns (which takes place in Orlando). I haven’t seen the movie yet, so feel free to post comments about it if you have…I love The Orlandoan, though, and was excited to be a part of their site.

Also last week, Entropy Magazine reviewed my book The Things I Don’t See, and critic Lavinia Ludlow had some great things to say about it. Follow the link, and read more! Here’s a brief excerpt:

This novel is a prime example of how our individual fears and insecurities might possibly be more mutilating than reality itself, and how we unintentionally punish those closest to us for fear of them making the same mistakes, especially children. A quick and well-written read, Nathan Holic’s The Things I Don’t See is an extraordinary piece of work.

Launch Week

Here goes!

So my new novella, The Things I Don’t See, has technically been “available” for a little over a month. If you pre-ordered, you should’ve received it in the mail by now. If you’ve seen me walking around town, you should’ve seen that I wear it around like a sandwich board. And if you’re friends with me on Facebook, you should know that I did a “soft release” at the first-ever “Wine and Sign” for BookmarkIt in East End Market. But, for about a thousand different reasons, I haven’t planned a much-larger “release party” (confetti, party hats, people yelling “whooooo!”, etc.), and I haven’t been very active in trying to “market” the book (shouting constantly from my Facebook pulpit, participating in reading events, etc.).

The reason for this, as you’ll see, is that I have a very big week ahead of me. I’m just going to call it “LAUNCH WEEK” because why not? Yes, the book is out. But seriously, does the ENTIRE WORLD know that it’s out? If not, then it’s time to launch the thing.

This coming week (4/12 – 4/18), there are three places where you can catch me reading from The Things I Don’t See, and where you can pick up a signed copy. That’s right! I’m peddlin’ and hustlin’ all week long (in a totally non-dirty, non-creepy way). And, as far as I know, none of these places/events interferes with the Game of Thrones season premiere, or the Daredevil series premiere (that’s totally on the Netflix, peeps, so you can actually watch that WHILE attending one of my events!).

Looking forward to launching my book with style, and with large drunken crowds whose noisy chatter overpowers my reading voice. So mark your calendars! Bring your checkbooks! And see you soon!

Tuesday, April 14: There Will Be Words

7:00 PM. Reading with Cate McGowan and Jamie Poissant (both of whom also have new books out!). For more info, and directions, check out the Facebook event page.

Wednesday, April 15: UCF Town & Gown Luncheon

11:30 AM, Morgridge International Reading Center (technically, this is a private event…so let’s hope there’s purple lettuce and interestingly shaped butter for the rolls!)

Saturday, April 18: UCF Book Fest

The UCF Book Festival is an annual event coordinated by the College of Education. It takes place over the course of a full day, and features a wide range of authors, from memoirists to novelists to children’s book authors to food writers.

Check out the full schedule and list of authors here: http://education.ucf.edu/bookfest/schedule.cfm (Links to an external site.)

I’m reading from my new novella at 2 PM, but there are some great panels and events throughout the day.

LAUNCH WEEK! BOOKS FOR EVERYONE!

Hope to see you there!

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Award Nominations

Really excited that  two of my short stories this past year have been nominated for awards.

The Adventures of an Elderly Couple…” was nominated by Barrelhouse Magazine for the storySouth Million Writers Award.

And “Submission Guidelines” was nominated by decomP for The Best of the Net 2013.

Now that I’ve written this blog post, I’ve doomed myself, of course. Don’t talk to a pitcher in the middle of a no-hitter, and all that. But whatever. It’s fun to share good news.  Heck, if you’re an Orlando writer and you stumble across this blog…feel free to share your good writing news with me anytime.

The Reviews Are In…

I’ll be flying to Chicago tomorrow to say goodbye to a much-loved uncle. I write a great deal about the struggles and difficulties that we face when attempting to be “the right kind of man” in a culture that’s tugging us in a thousand different directions, a thousand different conceptions of manhood, and I should say that my uncle was definitely one of those guys who epitomized everything you’d want in a man, a family member, a father, and he didn’t even make it look tough. Great man, and we’re all going to miss him.

I’d planned to write a couple posts over the last two weeks to spotlight some different Nathan Holic links and interviews, etc., but the virtual world of my blog has to take a back seat to the real world. I figured I’d gather these links into a single blog post, and post them into various pages throughout this site, and boom: you’ll have them all in one place, and I’ll still catch my flight.

So what’s happening? What’s new for me?

“Don’t Critique Me”: I read with Chicago author Lindsay Hunter at Functionally Literate in downtown Orlando this past Saturday. The video should be available soon, and I’ll post it when it’s up (Lindsay was freakin’ awesome). We were old grad school cronies, too, so in anticipation of the event, I wrote an essay for the Burrow Press blog in which I found my old fiction workshop critiques for her stories, and then critiqued my own critiques. Check it out here. If you’re a Lindsay Hunter fan, you should also check out The Drunken Odyssey’s podcast interview with her, which was recorded directly before the Functionally Literate event.

Review in Scene Sarasota: Sarasota’s arts & culture magazine, Scene Sarasota, just ran a great review of 15 Views of Orlando in their September issue. They wondered if there would ever be a “15 Views of Sarasota,” to which I can only tell the online world: if there’s a demand for it, we’ll do it. But you’ve gotta let us know. And you’ve gotta get Stephen King on board.

Interview at Knightnews: I spent about an hour talking with the folks from Knightnews.com, the online news hub for University of Central Florida students. It’s an attractive site, very multimedia heavy, and I got the chance to talk about American Fraternity Man, the culture of the National Fraternity, the hazing and alcohol culture at campuses across the country, and my own thoughts on both student and administrative successes and failures. It’s a video, so watch on the device of your choice.

American Fraternity Man reviewed: the first reviews of AFM are in, and while I’m always nervous/anxious for each one, I’ve been really happy with what folks are saying about my book. Here are some quick quotes and links:

“This book is hard to put down…It is a reminder of the complexities of this system, but most importantly a reminder that, at the core, relationships and influence are the most important and most effective tools we have when developing students. American Fraternity Man is everything you love and hate about fraternity life. It is a great story for anyone who knows what it is like to be miserable, challenged, and still love their job.”- Association of Fraternity/ Sorority Advisors, “Essentials” Newsletter
“American Fraternity Man is many things at once–funny and tragic, pro-Greek and anti-frat, bildungsroman and travel narrative, indictment of whiney millenials and the adults who made them that way. For GDIs (I’ll let you read the book for a translation of that abbreviation), the novel is a window into a world that is often misunderstood, even hated, but whose inhabitants are no less human, whose stories are no less worthy of telling.” – Dianne Turgeon Richardson, Sundog Lit
“I feel that all college students should take the chance to read this book…This book was an eye-opener to me…” – Books With Bite
Okay, so that’s the link round-up for this week!
It’s awesome to get great reviews, but I’ve gotta tell you: it’s just awesome that people are reading the book. So if you’ve been to any of my readings lately, or if you’ve picked up the book, or if you’ve finished plowing through it: thank you so much. I don’t take any of this for granted, and I appreciate any support you’ve given me.

Functionally Literate

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(Hope to see you there! Super-stoked about this, especially because it might very well be the last reading at Urban ReThink. So come. Be part of history.)

Review – 15 Views Volume II

There’s a new review of 15 Views Volume II published at The Nervous Breakdown.

 

Check it out! Here’s an excerpt:

The hard work and attention to detail that went into producing 15 Views Volume II: Corridor is uncanny. The narrative is fluid, and eerie silhouette-like papercuts kick off each chapter and add to the overall personality of the compilation. The result is a mosaic of literary and visual brilliance that captures the everyday essence of life in two of Florida’s most misunderstood metropolitan areas.

–Lavinia Ludlow, The Nervous Breakdown

The Drunken Odyssey

Just prior to my book release party this past Saturday, I sat down with John King, host of the literary/writing life podcast “The Drunken Odyssey.”

It’s a fun conversation. We talk about my book American Fraternity Man, and fraternity life in the state of Florida, and hazing, and alcoholism, and road trips, and mixed-media literature, and–best of all–I sing the praises of the clever Rebecca Martinson (the now-famous “deranged sorority girl” whose email has since been read by Michael Shannon, Gilbert Godfried, Morgan Freeman, and countless others, perhaps making it the single most talked-about piece of “fraternity/sorority literature” since Animal House). Don’t you want to hear me say the word “cunt punt” just once? I mean, seriously. If I said that while Heather was around, I’d get punched…but with a glass of wine, and sitting in John King’s studio: let the curse words fly!

Here’s the link. You can download the single show, or–better yet–you can subscribe to John’s excellent podcast through iTunes.

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When you visit his site, do him a favor. Click on the “Audible” link and get a free audiobook download. It’s also the easiest way to support the show financially (and costs you nothing!).

Release Party

Flyer

 

Be there.