Brett Riley

Brett Riley

I write fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, and occasional (and possibly bad) poetry. I live in Las Vegas and teach literature, creative writing, and composition at the College of Southern Nevada. I've also worked at LSU (where I earned my Ph.D), the University of Alabama, the University of Louisiana-Monroe, and Baton Rouge Community College. I live with my wife, Dr. Kalene Westmoreland; our daughter, Maya; our dog, Nilla; and our cats, Cookie McSnowshoe and Tora. A word on punctuation: In my adult fiction, I don't use quotation marks. (I do use them in my nonfiction and young-adult work.) I've been writing like that for the better part of two decades, but I am neither the first nor only writer to do so. Others who don't use marks in some or all of their works include James Joyce, Cormac McCarthy, E.L. Doctorow, Charles Frazier, Junot Diaz, David Guterson, Sigrid Nunez, Roddy Doyle, Viet Thahn Nguyen, Ling Ma, Lauren Groff, Marlon James, Grace Paley, and George Saunders. I'm sure every writer has their own reasons for using or not using any mark of punctuation. I have mine. If you're interested in why, drop me a line. THE LATEST RILEY-RELATED MATERIAL Lord of Order Book Trailer: Freaks Book Trailer: Comanche Book Trailer: BOOKS Rubicons: a Freaks Novel--young adult novel (Imbrifex Books, forthcoming 2023) Travelers: a Freaks Novel--young adult novel (Imbrifex Books, forthcoming 2022) Freaks–young adult novel (Imbrifex Books, forthcoming 2022) Lord of Order–novel (Imbrifex Books, forthcoming April 6th, 2021) Comanche–novel (Imbrifex Books) The Subtle Dance of Impulse and Light–short story collection (Ink Brush Press, April 2013) SHORT FICTION “Golgotha”—Big Muddy, an Interdisciplinary Journal of the Mississippi River Valley 9.1 “Lost and Found”—First Class 35.2 “Hot Wheels for Jesus”—Big Muddy, an Interdisciplinary Journal of the Mississippi River Valley 12.1 (story published under the name Brendan West-Moreland) “Old Shoes”—Metal Scratches issue 13 “The Cat in the Backyard”—Folio fall 2010/spring 2011 issue “The Hair on His Cape”—The Evansville Review Vol. XXII “A Face to Die For”—Blue Lake Review June 2012 update “Doing It Like a Man”—The Wisconsin Review 46.2 “Hook” (short story)—Allegory 18.45 spring/summer 2012 “An Ending”—Separate Worlds Jan./Feb. 2013 update “An Element of Blank”—The Evansville Review vol. XXIII (2013) “Fifth and Cedar”—Red Rock Review 32 (fall 2013) “Doesn’t Mean They’re not Out to Get You”—The Broadkill Review 4.4 “The Security System”—The Broadkill Review 4.5 “An Anecdote”—The Broadkill Review 5.1 “Dated” —The Broadkill Review 5.2 “A Transcript Found on My Hard Drive (I)”—The Broadkill Review 5.3 “Just Because You’re Paranoid”—The Broadkill Review 5.4 “Phone Tag” —The Mochila Review Vol. 14 (2012) “Orville’s Song”–The Variety Show, 8-11-2015 “What Lies in Ambush”–Solstice Literary Magazine fall/winter issue 2016 “An Element of Blank” (reprint): Nth Degree featured story “Far Away from the Path and a Little Bit Lost”–Ghost Town “Hyacinth”–The Broadkill Review 31 October 2017 update “Everyone Here Comes from Somewhere Else”–The Courtship of Winds winter 2018 “Closed for Storm”–The Baltimore Review winter 2018 “Salvation Is a Joke with no Punchline”–Solstice Literary Magazine “Mating Behaviors of Urban White Males in the Southern United States”–Bluestem “Summer Home”–f(r)iction “Thy Rod and Thy Staff”–West Trade Review “Alien”–The Barcelona Review “After We’re Gone”–Madville Publishing’s Runaway Anthology "The Long-Promised Return of One-Eye Battle"--Love in the Dunes Anthology SCREENPLAYS Candy’s First Kiss Grand Prize Winner in the Horror/Sci-Fi genre, New York Screenplay Contest Third Place, 2014 London Film Awards Screenwriting Competition Gold Prize Winner, Horror genre, 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest Honorable Mention, 2014 WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition Grand Prize in Horror, 2015 Hollywood Screenplay Contest CREATIVE NONFICTION “My Resistance Is not the Same as Your Hate” (essay)–Role Reboot “When White Privilege Is a Matter of Life and Death” (essay)–Role Reboot “Assault, Bigotry, and Self-Hatred: Not All Wounds Bleed” (essay)–Role Reboot “Some Jokes Just Aren’t Funny” (essay)–Foliate Oak Magazine “Past, Present, Popcorn” (essay)–Wild Violet “We Are All Las Vegas, But We Don’t Have to Be” (essay)–Role Reboot “Floating the Yacht” (essay)–Rougarou “Was This Trip Really Necessary?” (essay)–Green Hills Literary Lantern “Why I Won’t Be Watching the Roseanne Reboot” (essay)–Role Reboot “The True Horror of Hereditary: Patriarchy” (essay)–Role Reboot “Why You Need to See the Mister Rogers Documentary” (essay)–Role Reboot “BlacKkKlansman and the American Past That’s Still Present” (essay)–Role Reboot “A Tale of Two Women: On Joan Jett and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford” (essay)–Role Reboot “Halloween 2018: A Horror Film for the #TimesUp Era” (essay)–Role Reboot “Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Fumbling Representations of Sexuality” (essay)–Role Reboot “Dumbo and Me” (essay)–Literary Orphans “The Golden Globes: A Celebration of Diversity, Sort Of” (essay)–Role Reboot “Gillette Is Right, Guys; We Can Get Better” (essay)–Role Reboot “The 2019 Grammys: A Soundtrack for Change” (essay)–Role Reboot “The 2019 Oscars: An Improved Show with a Few Huge Missteps” (essay)–Role Reboot “Meeting a Familiar Enemy: Jordan Peele’s Us” (essay)–Role Reboot “The Best of Enemies: It’s Still All about Whiteness” (essay)–Role Reboot “Dreaming in Stereo” (essay)–under the gum tree “Re-Reading Avengers #1-10 from a Contemporary Perspective” (essay)–F(r)iction Log “Searching for Haunted Fiction in American Literature” (essay)–CrimeReads “Just Talk to Her, Dude” (essay)–Broad River Review "The Functions of Friction and Surface Tension" (essay)--Barely South Review "The Most Wildly Different Books about Deeply Flawed Teenage Protagonists" (annotated list) ACADEMIC Separation Anxieties: Representations of Separatist Communities in 20th Century Fiction and Film (doctoral dissertation) BOOK REVIEWS Prophet’s Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints by Sam Brower, Concho River Review 26.1 INTERVIEWS AND SUCH Interview conducted by JeanBookNerd for her blog: Interview conducted by Courtney Harler for THE MASTERS REVIEW: Interview conducted by Jeff Rutherford for THE READING AND WRITING PODCAST: VIDEOS Lord of Order Book Trailer: Freaks Book Trailer: Comanche Book Trailer: Las Vegas Voice Reading, 20 December 2019: Comanche Virtual Book Launch: Las Vegas Book Festival 2020: CONTACT ME Visit my website at See my entire C.V. at Visit and like Brett Riley--Author on Facebook at Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @brettwrites. 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