Caleb J. Ross

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Writer

Caleb J. Ross (born Caleb Ross, August 20, 1982, in Adak, Alaska) is an American writer of literary noir fiction and literary grotesque fiction.[1] He is most well known for his novel Stranger Will. He currently lives in the Kansas City, KS suburb of Olathe with his wife and two sons.

Life

Caleb Ross was born in Adak, Alaska on August 20, 1982 on a military base. Within three months his family moved to Maryland where his father served in the Navy.[2] Within five years his parents divorced and Ross moved with his mother to Osage City, Kansas where he lived until 2000.

During his 15 years in Osage City, Ross and his family (including two sisters, one younger and one older) lived in 11 different houses. These oft displacements, coupled with a lack of strong paternal guidance, would prove to be the thematic basis for much of his writing.[3]

In 2000 Ross moved to Emporia, Kansas to attend Emporia State University with intentions to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree. However, in the middle of a sophomore level compositional drawing class he abandoned the visual arts direction in favor of creative writing.[4] He cites his professor, Amy Sage Webb, as “almost single-handedly [opening his] eyes to what reading and writing, motivated by creativity, could do.”[5]

Ross describes his work as literary in that it focuses on language rather than plot.[6]

Ross' work has been compared to that of Chuck Palahniuk,[7] Darren Aronofsky, Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Eggers,[8] and Sherman Alexie

Based on the merit of his short story, "The Camel of Morocco” (which appears in the story chapbook Charactered Pieces: stories), Ross attended the Tin House Writers Workshop in Portland, Oregon in 2004 where he studied with author Peter Rock. He was the first ESU student ever to place in the competition for entrance into the Tin House Writers Workshop.[9]

In June 2007, Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine Spirit Magazine featured a letter to the editor penned by Ross in appreciation of a recent issue featuring musician Tom Waits.[10] During a subsequent Southwest Airlines flight, Ross received a free rum and coke for his contribution to the magazine. This event inspired the non-fiction essay “The Author Who Gets Free Drinks, a (Hopefully) True Story,” which Ross performed on April 9, 2010 in Denver, Colorado at Leela European Cafe.[11]

In 2011, Ross embarked on a massive blog post tour in support of his novels Stranger Will and I Didn’t Mean to be Kevin. From March 2011 through November 2011, Ross contributed guest posts to over 70 blogs, ranging from literary blogs like HTML Giant, Big Other, >Kill Author, LitDrift, and The Nervous Breakdown to personal blogs of authors such as Matt Bell, Nik Korpon, Stephen Graham Jones, Paul G. Tremblay, and Ben Tanzer.

Education

Professional Work

Editorial Work

  • Creator/Moderator, The World’s First Author Podcast (2011–2012)
  • Creator/Moderator, The Velvet Podcast (2010–2012)
  • Editor/creator, AWP Blog (2009–2012)
  • Editor/creator, Oprah Read This > Oprah, Read This online fiction anthology (2009–2010)
  • Co-editor, Carbon Based Lifeform Blues (originally called Outsider Writers Collective, webzine [2008–present], OW Press (2009–present) [14]
  • Reader/intern, MacAdam Cage Publishing (2009)
  • Co-editor, Colored Chalk zine (2008–2009)
  • Editor and Contributor for Flint Hills Review (2004–05)[15]
  • Editor, Quivira student literary journal (2002–2005)
  • Judge, Kansas Writers Association Novel Competition
  • Reader, The Bluestem National Poetry Award

Contributor Work

  • Contributor, ManArchyMag.com (2012–present) [16]
  • Contributor, Slothrop.com (2012) [17]
  • Contributor, Oxyfictation.net, book reviewer (2008–2009) [18]
  • Contributor, Thirdeye magazine, book reviewer (2007) [19]
  • Contributor, Depraved Press, book reviewer (2007–2008)

Readings and Lectures

  • ManArchy Loves Perfect Edge Books and Lazy Fascist Press reading, Boston, MA, International Poster Gallery, “Strippers with Your Son” (7 March 2013)[20]
  • [email protected]!# Authors Say, Kansas City, MO, Czar Bar, "Strippers with Your Son" (24 May 2012)[21]
  • Noir at the Bar, St. Louis MO, Meshuggah Cafe, “The Lipidopterist” (28 February 2012)[22]
  • ESU Visiting Writers Series presents Caleb J. Ross, Emporia, KS (8 September 2011)[23]
  • Live Nude Words reading, Washington, D.C, The Velvet Lounge, Stranger Will excerpt and “An Equestrian of Mental Health,” (3 February 2011)[24]
  • Super Sexy 100% Classy Author Reading, Kansas City, Missouri, Method, As a Machine and Parts excerpt (2011)
  • Artjerk reading, Kansas City, Missouri, Slap n' Tickle Gallery, Will Write for ACID (a version of Will Write for Tobacco as appears at BULL Men's Fiction[25]) (2011)[26]
  • Panelist, AWP Conference, “The Art and Authenticity of Social Media: Using Online Tools to Grow a Community.” Washington D.C, (4 February 2011) [27]
  • OW Press The Velvet reading, Denver, CO, Leela European Cafe, “The Author Who Gets Free Drinks, a (Hopefully) True Story,” (9 April 2010) [28]

Interviews with and articles about Caleb J. Ross

  • The Art of the Domestic Grotesque: An Interview with Caleb J. Ross [29]
  • B&B EP 4 Caleb J. Ross (2012)[30]
  • Books and Booze Podcast, EP 4 Caleb J. Ross (2012)[31]
  • I Didn’t Mean to Interview Caleb J. Ross (2012) - Slit Your Wrists Magazine[32]
  • The Digital Age of Domestic Grotesque: An Interview with Caleb J. Ross (2011) - Solarcide[33]
  • “Published Grad Credits Writing Program” (2011) - The Bulletin, Emporia State University[34]
  • Warmed & Bound Collection – The Multiple Voices Inside Your Book (2011) - Jay Slayton-Joslin’s blog[35]
  • Episode #25 – Caleb J Ross: Warmed and Bound Sessions (2011) - Booked Podcast[36]
  • Six Personal Investigations of the Act of Reading: Caleb J. Ross’ Stranger Will (2011) - Sunday Observer[37]
  • Ten Everywhere: Caleb J. Ross and the Stranger Will Tour For Strange (2011) - Monkeybicycle[38]
  • “I absolutely could not write Stranger Will today, with a kid” : An Interview with Caleb J. Ross (2011) - NOO Journal[39]
  • Booked Podcast: Episode 11 – Interview with Caleb J. Ross (2011) - Booked Podcast[40]
  • This Podcast Will Change Your Life: Episode 37 (2011) - Ben Tanzer[41]
  • Caleb J Ross – Author of ‘Stranger Will’ and Internet Rockstar (2011) - Jay Slayton-Joslin[42]
  • Dispatches from Thunder Road: Stranger Will (2011) - Mlaz Corbier[43]
  • A dialogue with Caleb J Ross through the filter of his short fiction collection Charactered Pieces (2010) - Predicate #1[44]
  • “The Interview” with Caleb J Ross (2010) - Asnycnow Radio’s “The World Today” on Blog Talk Radio
  • The Victorious History of Caleb Ross (2009) - JMWW[45]
  • A Conversatinterview with Caleb J Ross (2009) - Pela Via’s blog
  • Blank und Questions Asks: an interview with author Caleb J Ross (2009) - Gordon Highland[46]
  • Five for: Caleb J Ross (2009) - 3:AM Magazine[47]
  • Reader Meet Author: Caleb J. Ross (2009) - What to Wear During an Orange Alert[48]
  • Interview with Caleb J Ross (2009) - Craig Wallwork blog[49]
  • Oxyfication Interview (2007) - Oxyfication.net[50]
  • “Student studies writing with professional writers” (2004) - The Bulletin, Emporia State University[51]

Awards

Bibliography

Published Novels and Short Story Collections

Published Short Stories

  • We'll Learn Together (2014)[56]
  • Three Days Ahead (2013)[57]
  • The Removal Kind (2013)[58]
  • The Three-Legged Dog (a story for kids) (2013)[59]
  • Apocellypsis (2012)[60]
  • Sebaceous (2012)[61]
  • Different People Entirely (2012)[62]
  • The Lipidopterist (2012)
  • “untitled” (part of the Life in 100 Words or Less project) (2011)[63]
  • “untitled” (part of the Pushcorpse project) (2011)[64]
  • Evenson’s Tongue (2011)[65]
  • Click-Clack (2011)[66]
  • Noise (2011)
  • As a Machine and Parts (novella excerpt, chapters 1 & 2) (2010)[67]
  • Born Again Michael (2010)[68]
  • Legs Unwilling (2010)[69]
  • Sarah Palin, 12, Strikes for Workers (2010)[70]
  • Charactered Pieces (2009)[71]
  • The Camel of Morocco (2009)[72]
  • Globe Valve (2009)[73]
  • An Optimist is the Human Personification of Spring (2009)[74]
  • My Family's Rule (2009)[75]
  • E!Morphosis (2009)[76]
  • Emoticon (2009)
  • It Sparks (2009)[77]
  • Norman Rockwell Nostalgia (2009)[78]
  • Reviews: Caroline Meyer’s Hidden Cigarette Butt, Joel Reynolds’s Dried Bar of Soap (2009)[79]
  • Snake Girl at Scab (2009)[80]
  • The Word Will Die Too (2009)[81]
  • The Camp (2008)[82]
  • Eyelid (2008)[83]
  • Formaldehyde (2008)[84]
  • A Trench is No Place For God (2008)[85]
  • Car Dodging (2008)[86]
  • Exhibit One – A Letter from Alex Fumar (2008)[87]
  • The Barber Who Calls Himself Ferguson (2008)[88]
  • Vertigo Unbalanced (2008)[89]
  • Dry Dot (2007)[90]
  • Our Guy (2007)[91]
  • Refill (2006)[92]
  • 5″ x 6″ in a Sturdy Frame (2006)[93]
  • Petty Injuries (2006)[94]

Published Non-Fiction

  • Denis Johnson Almost Drank My Pee (2011)[95]
  • Even Strippers Bleed Red (2011)[96]
  • Will Write for ACID Roam (2011)[97]
  • The Author Who Gets Free Drinks: a (Hopefully) True Story (2010)[98]
  • A Chinese Gemini (2009)[99]

Notes

  1. "Amazon.com author bio". http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002TXEDB8. 
  2. "The Victorious History of Caleb Ross". http://jmwwblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/the-victorious-history-of-caleb-ross/.  “My father was stationed at a naval base when I was born, and three months later we moved to Maryland. My mother tells stories of us having to eat moldy bread because we were stationed so far off the mainland. Adak, where I was born, is on a small island…”
  3. "Interview with Caleb J Ross". http://craigwallwork.blogspot.com/2009/03/interview-with-caleb-j-ross.html.  “Stranger Will is a story about a man coming to terms with fatherhood…I Didn’t Mean to be Kevin, is…about a motherless young man who pretends to be a woman’s lost son in order to fill a parental void.”
  4. "calebjross.com bio". http://www.calebjross.com/bio/. 
  5. "Interview with Caleb J Ross". http://craigwallwork.blogspot.com/2009/03/interview-with-caleb-j-ross.html. 
  6. ESU Bulletin, "Published grad credits writing program", 8 September 2011, Cosper, Simone. Emporia, KS. “I write literary fiction,” Ross said, “which is a catch-all term for fiction that is more about the words and the language rather than the plot”
  7. "Will I Am but Will I Be". http://gordonhighland.com/2011/05/will-i-am-but-will-i-be/.  “…the themes and literary devices employed in the book are reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk’s early work…”
  8. "Pieces Full of Character". http://gloomcupboard.com/2009/11/26/pieces-full-of-character/.  “For those who enjoy the works of Kurt Vonnegut or Dave Eggers, this book is for you.”
  9. "Student Studies Writing with Professional Writers". http://calebjross.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/esubulletin_student_studies_with_professional_writerscom.pdf.  “He is the first ESU student to place in this competition”
  10. "Spirit, June 2007". http://www.calebjross.com/misc/spirit-magazine-letter-of-the-month/.  (scanned copy of letter)
  11. "OW Press The Velvet". http://www.welcometothevelvet.com/podcast/2010/04/episode-005-live-%E2%80%93-caleb-j-ross-reads-at-leela-european-cafe/. 
  12. "Student Studies Writing with Professional Writers". http://calebjross.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/esubulletin_student_studies_with_professional_writerscom.pdf.  “Ross is currently president of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary program”
  13. "Student Studies Writing with Professional Writers". http://calebjross.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/esubulletin_student_studies_with_professional_writerscom.pdf. 
  14. http://www.carbonbasedlifeformblues.com/about/
  15. "Flint Hills Review, issue 9-10". http://www.emporia.edu/fhr/FHRIssue910.htm. 
  16. http://manarchymag.com/author/calebjross
  17. http://slothrop.com/what-who-and-why/and-the-excellent-caleb-j-ross/
  18. http://www.oxyfication.net/staff/contributors/
  19. http://www.thirdeyemag.com/author/calebjross/
  20. "ManArchy Loves Perfect Edge Books and Lazy Fascist Press". https://www.facebook.com/events/340073609438138/. 
  21. "[email protected]!# Authors Say". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqyqFYGCoZY. 
  22. "Episode #69 – Noir at the Bar: Caleb J Ross". http://www.bookedpodcast.com/2012/03/14/episode-69-noir-at-the-bar-caleb-j-ross/. 
  23. "ESU Visiting Writers series page". http://www.emporia.edu/cw/writers.htm. 
  24. "Live Nude Words". http://www.welcometothevelvet.com/podcast/2011/02/the-velvet-live-%E2%80%93-caleb-j-ross-reads-at-the-velvet-lounge/. 
  25. "BULL Men's Fiction blog". http://bullmensfiction.blogspot.com/2011/04/will-write-for-tobacco.html. 
  26. "Artjerk reading at the Slap n' Tickle Gallery". http://www.artjerk.net/slap-n-tickle-show/. 
  27. "The Art and Authenticity of Social Media: Using Online Tools to Grow a Community". http://www.welcometothevelvet.com/podcast/2011/02/episode-012-the-art-and-authenticity-of-social-media-using-online-tools-to-grow-a-community/. 
  28. "OW Press The Velvet". http://www.welcometothevelvet.com/podcast/2010/04/episode-005-live-%E2%80%93-caleb-j-ross-reads-at-leela-european-cafe/. 
  29. Surreal Grotesque, Issue VIII, December 27, 2012
  30. Books and Booze Podcast
  31. Books and Booze Podcast
  32. Slit Your Wrists Magazine
  33. Solarcide
  34. ESU Bulletin, "Published grad credits writing program", 8 September 2011, Cosper, Simone. Emporia, KS.
  35. "Warmed and Bound Collection - the Multiple Voices Inside Your Book". http://jayslaytonjoslin.com/2011/07/22/warmed-bound-collection-the-multiple-voices-inside-your-book/. 
  36. "Caleb J. Ross: Warmed and Bound Sessions". http://www.bookedpodcast.com/2011/07/23/episode-25-caleb-j-ross-warmed-and-bound-session/. 
  37. "Six Personal Investigations of the Act of Reading: Caleb J. Ross' Stranger Will". http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/07/17/mon10.asp. 
  38. "Ten Everywhere: Caleb J. Ross and the Stranger Will Tour for Strange". http://monkeybicycle.net/blog/ten-everywhere-caleb-j-ross-and-the-stranger-will-tour-for-strange/. 
  39. "I absolutely could not write Stranger Will today, with a kid" : An Interview with Caleb J. Ross". http://noojournal.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-absolutely-could-not-write-stranger.html. 
  40. "Booked Podcast: Episode 11 – Interview with Caleb J. Ross". http://www.bookedpodcast.com/2011/06/04/episode-11-interview-caleb-j-ross/. 
  41. "This Podcast Will Change Your Life: Episode 37". http://bentanzer.blogspot.com/2011/05/this-podcast-will-change-your-life_16.html. 
  42. "Caleb J Ross – Author of ‘Stranger Will’ and Internet Rockstar". http://jayslaytonjoslin.com/2011/04/05/caleb-j-ross-author-of-stranger-will-and-internet-rockstar/. 
  43. "Dispatches from Thunder Road: Stranger Will". http://www.thundadome.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=69:dispatches-from-thunder-road-stranger-will. 
  44. "A dialogue with Caleb J Ross through the filter of his short fiction collection Charactered Pieces". http://predicatemag.wordpress.com/about/. 
  45. "The Victorious History of Caleb Ross". http://jmwwblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/the-victorious-history-of-caleb-ross/. 
  46. "Blank und Questions Asks: an interview with author Caleb J Ross (VIDEO)". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt67ljZhSqE. 
  47. "Five for: Caleb J Ross". http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/five-for-caleb-j-ross/. 
  48. "Reader Meet Author: Caleb J. Ross". http://www.orangealert.net/calebjross. 
  49. "Interview with Caleb J Ross". http://craigwallwork.blogspot.com/2009/03/interview-with-caleb-j-ross.html. 
  50. http://www.oxyfication.net/featured/caleb/
  51. "Student Studies Writing with Professional Writers". http://calebjross.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/esubulletin_student_studies_with_professional_writerscom.pdf. 
  52. http://www.emporia.edu/cw/scholar.htm
  53. "Aqueous Books". http://www.aqueousbooks.com/author_pages/13_ross.htm. , republished 2013 under Visceral Irrational
  54. "Otherworld Publications". http://www.otherworldpublications.com/apps/webstore/products/show/1905075. 
  55. "Outsider Writers Press". http://www.outsiderwriters.org/publications/caleb-j-rosss-charactered-pieces. 
  56. appears at "The Dying Goose, Vol. 1, Issue 4, Winter 2013". http://thedyinggoose.com/magazine/volume-1-issue-4-winter-2013/. 
  57. appears at "Thuglit, Issue 8, Nov-Dec 2013". http://www.thuglit.com/. 
  58. appears at "The Booked. Anthology, July 2013". http://www.bookedpodcast.com/anthology/. 
  59. appears at "Daddy Cool, an Anthology of Writing by Fathers For & About Kids, April 2013". http://artisticallydeclined.net/offerings/76924-daddy-cool. 
  60. appears at "Manarchy Magazine". http://manarchymag.com/2012/10/apocellypsis/author-calebjross. 
  61. appears at "Slit Your Wrists Magazine". http://slityourwristsmagazine.com/2012/04/29/sebaceous-by-caleb-j-ross/. 
  62. appears in "Ice Pick: Most Chilling Stories from the Ice Plaza". http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Picks-Chilling-Stories-ebook/dp/B007QFWWZI/. 
  63. appears at Life in 100 Words or Less
  64. appears in No Colony
  65. appears at Kill Author
  66. appears in "Warmed and Bound: a Velvet Anthology". http://www.amazon.com/dp/1613641621/. 
  67. appears at Lobster Cult and excerpted from As a Machine and Parts
  68. appears in "Eternal Night: a Vampire Anthology". http://www.amazon.com/dp/1935458469. 
  69. appeared at Rotten Leaves online magazine
  70. appeared in Oprah Read This > Oprah, Read This
  71. appears in Vain Magazine and collected in Charactered Pieces: stories
  72. appears in Pear Noir! and collected in Charactered Pieces: stories
  73. appeared in Full of Crow
  74. appears collected in Charactered Pieces: stories
  75. appears collected in Charactered Pieces: stories
  76. appears at Colored Chalk
  77. appears in Sideshow Fables
  78. appeared in Full of Crow
  79. appears in 1000th Monkey
  80. appears at 3:AM Magazine
  81. appears at Cherry Bleeds
  82. appears in "Literary House Review". http://www.amazon.com/dp/0981584667/.  and collected in Charactered Pieces: stories
  83. appears at Colored Chalk and excerpted from Stranger Will
  84. appears at Red Fez and excerpted from Stranger Will
  85. appears at Nefarious Muse
  86. appears at No Record Press
  87. appears at Colored Chalk
  88. appears in Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens
  89. appears in Gold Dust Magazine and reprinted in Solid Gold and Nova Parade (2012)
  90. appears at Present Magazine
  91. appears at Word Riot
  92. appears in The Green Muse and collected in Charactered Pieces: stories
  93. appears at Vestal Review
  94. appears at Dogmatika
  95. appears at Dark Sky Magazine blog
  96. appears at Undie Press
  97. appears at BULL Men's fiction blog (in a modified version of the original)
  98. appears at Cannoli Pie Magazine
  99. appears collected in Charactered Pieces: stories