The Best American Short Stories 2016

by on Oct.21, 2016, under News



My short story "Cracolándia," originally published by Kenyon Review, was listed as a notable story in The Best American Short Stories 2016.   

The Best American Sports Writing 2015

by on Oct.13, 2015, under News



One of my Harper's postcards from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, "Below the Beautiful Horizon," was a notable selection in The Best American Sports Writing 2015chosen by series editor Glenn Stout. 

The Third Bank of the River: Life and Death in the 21st Century Amazon

by on Sep.21, 2015, under News


I'm thrilled to share that my first book, The Third Bank of the River: Life and Death in the 21st Century Amazon, will be published by Picador USA in fall 2017!  

Publisher's Weekly has the details: "The book is a work of narrative nonfiction combining literary reportage, travel writing, and memoir. It tells the story of the contemporary Amazon rainforest as it undergoes major cultural, economic, and physical changes through the eyes of a collection of its inhabitants."

Can You Write a Novel on Twitter?

by on Nov.30, 2014, under News







In Foreign Policy, Ruth Franklin examines the quest to write great literature, 140 characters at a time.  Her essay discusses Twitter literature in a wide range of forms, including work from Teju Cole, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, Elliot Holt and others — and a mention of my 2014 Twitter Fiction Festival story, #PolarVortex, about an airport paralyzed by a winter storm: 

"Public relations tweets from fictional airlines and ads for the airport's sushi bar mingle with the stories of stranded passengers and crew members — one anxiously en route to a job interview, another watching his relationship fall apart via text.  With a nod to the increasing use of Twitter as a means for sharing images, Arnold's narrative takes advantage of the platform's visual capabilities, collaging weather maps, photographs and video in his feed."

The Great American Twitter Novel

by on Jul.23, 2014, under News







At The New Yorker, Ian Crouch looks at the past, present and future of #twitterfiction, citing #PolarVortex as one example of "wild formal invention" on Twitter:   

There’s potential on Twitter for wild formal invention. Rather than just fiction tweeted, writers could find narrative in retweets, faves, blocks, and unfollows, and write in not just words but images, GIFs, emoji, and hyperlinks. Characters might exist as different Twitter handles, put in conversation, or else many characters subtly inhabiting a single account. It would wade into the messiness of parody accounts, anonymous mystery accounts, brand accounts, fake brand accounts, bots, and real people posing as bots. There are examples of this kind of writing, and its real emotional and intellectual possibilities, in the archive of work created for the Twitter Fiction Festival, which was held this past March: God tweets out a new book of the Bible about Justin Bieber; a cast of characters tweet about being trapped in a fictional airport during the polar vortex; Henry David Thoreau gets a smart phone at Walden Pond. Twitter is often funny, and so is Twitter fiction, but there are stories, too, of lost love, loneliness, and despair.

“Lawn King” is Now Available as a Kindle Single

by on Apr.02, 2014, under News, Fiction













After being featured in Day One, Amazon's weekkly literary journal, "Lawn King" is now available as a Kingle Single.

Now Blogging for the Los Angeles Times

by on Mar.19, 2014, under News






Exciting news!  I'll be covering current events for Opinion L.A., the opinion blog of the Los Angeles Times.  You can keep tabs on all my posts here.    


2014 Twitter Fiction Festival

by on Mar.18, 2014, under News, Fiction

My story #PolarVortex was selected as a featured story in the 2014 Twitter Fiction Festival, and now all of the stories are now archived in one place.  BBC and USA Today previewed the festival here, and BuzzFeed Books noted #PolarVortex as one of 11 memorable moments of the festival.  Twitter has all the details:

When a winter storm paralyzes an unspecified metropolitan airport, Twitter reveals the hopes, fears and frustrations of the passengers and staff whose destinies have been put on hold, for better or worse. Around the clock for 48 hours, this story traces the drama of travel delays affecting lives at the airport and across the globe. @chrisarnold will set the stage using tweets, images, maps and video.

Playboy Fiction at AWP

by on Feb.15, 2014, under News

I'm reading at the annual Association of Wrtiers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle this year with other past winners of the Playboy College Fiction contest.  AWP has all the details.   

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships

by on Dec.15, 2013, under News




It's impossible to say how grateful I am to receive a 2014 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Best American Sports Writing 2013

by on Dec.02, 2013, under News










My Salon feature "Asleep at the Roger Clemens Trial" was a notable selection in The Best American Sports Writing 2013, chosen by series editor Glenn Stout. 

DISQUIET International Literary Program

by on Mar.11, 2013, under News



Grateful to be one of four North American writers of Luso descent awarded a full scholarship to attend the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.  DISQUIET is a project of U.S.-based Dzanc Books and the Portuguese Centro Nacional de Cultura with support from the Luso-American Development Fund and many other organizations.  The two-week program brings writers from North America and from around the world together with Portuguese writers in the heart of Lisbon for intensive workshops in the art and craft of writing.

Columbus State Writers Conference: The Written World

by on Apr.16, 2012, under News

On Saturday, May 25th, I will be leading a workshop on historical fiction at the 2012 Columbus State Writers Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  This year's theme is "The Written World", and the conference features writers from around the country and a keynote by Elizabeth Alexander.  You can find all the details about the conference here.  

St. Albans School Writers-in-Residence at Politics & Prose

by on May.07, 2011, under News

On Sunday, May 22 at 5:00 p.m., Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. will host a celebration of the new anthology Writers Among Us.  The book is a tribute to the 29 talented poets, novelists, essayists, and story writers who have served as St. Albans writers in residence since the School’s Writer-in-Residence Program begin in 1983.  The event will include readings, conversation, a chance to meet the writers, and an opportunity to catch up with St. Albans faculty and staff members.

Special Mention for “Laidlaw” in Pushcart 2011

by on Feb.19, 2011, under News

"Laidlaw," originally published in Ecotone 8, received a Special Mention in the 2011 edition of The Pushcart Prize anthology.  A bit of background from the Pushcart website:
The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the pages of our annual collections.
Writers who were first noticed here include: Raymond Carver, Tim O’Brien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Baxter, Andre Dubus, Susan Minot, Mona Simpson, John Irving, Rick Moody, and many more. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series.
"Primary Next of Kin," originally published in Northwest Review, received a Special Mention in the 2008 anthology.

Kenyon Review Reading at AWP (Free Chapbook!)

by on Feb.02, 2011, under News

The Kenyon Review will sponsor a reading at the 2011 AWP Conference in Washington, D.C., featuring past winners of its Short Fiction Contest: Cara Blue Adams, Christopher Feliciano Arnold, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Megan Anderegg Malone, Nick Ripatrazone, and Mika Taylor.

Friday, February 4 · 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Virgina C Room, Marriot Wardman Hotel, Lobby Level

All who attend will receive a free chapbook anthology of past contest winners.  The KR Short Fiction Contest is entering its fourth year. This reading is an opportunity to hear new work from past winners recognized by former judges Alice Hoffman, Richard Ford, and Louise Erdrich.  Ron Carlson will judge in 2011. Contest details can be found here.

Online: “Salt” in The Kenyon Review

by on Jan.07, 2011, under News

Now you can find “Salt” online at The Kenyon Review, along with other great pieces from the Winter 2011 issue.

Writers Among Us

by on Jan.07, 2011, under News

The good folks at St. Albans School have just published an anthology of fiction, poetry, and essays featuring contributions from everyone in the 29-year history of its Writer-in-Residence fellowship.  Writers Among Us includes memorable new writing, excerpts from award-winning novels and collections, and pieces reprinted from places like The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Nation, and Best American Short Stories.  Check out the complete list of contributors: Lora Jane Berg, Will Blythe, Beth Boyett, Katie Brandi, Stuart Holmes Coleman, Bernardine Connelly, Cynthia Cotts, Ronica (Bhattacharya) Dhar, Caitlin Doyle, James Hoch, David Kajganich, Matthew Klam, Kimberly Libby, Robert Lunday, Margaret Meyers, Michael Pickard, Hannah Louise Poston, Brendan Short, Shauna Seliy, Curtis Sittenfeld, Brian Weinberg, Holly Richards Woodward, Christy J. Zink, Mary Kay Zuravleff. As the current campus scribe here at St. Albans, I arrived just in time to join the party with my short story "Primary Next of Kin."  You can order a copy of the book here.  Not only will you find some terrific winter reading, you'll also be contributing to a great school that has made supporting young writers a vital part of its tradition.

The 2010 Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest

by on Dec.15, 2010, under News

My short story “Cracolándia” won an honorable mention in the 2010 Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest!  Guest judge Andrew Sean Greer chose ten winning stories from more than 2,500 entries.

This is especially sweet news because Zoetrope has long been one of my favorite magazines, a perennial source of memorable stories and stunning artwork.  (Also the source of my first rejection letter: The year was 1998, and I was an overzealous high school junior who had no business submitting to Zoetrope or any other magazine.)

A little background from their website:

In 1997, Francis Ford Coppola launched Zoetrope: All-Story, a quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays. It has received every major story award, including the National Magazine Award for Fiction, while publishing today’s most promising and significant writers: Mary Gaitskill, David Mamet, Ha Jin, Elizabeth McCracken, Yiyun Li, Don DeLillo, Andrew Sean Greer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Woody Allen, Yoko Ogawa, David Means, Susan Straight, Charles D’Ambrosio, David Bezmozgis, Neil Jordan, and Haruki Murakami among them.

Along with new stories, each edition of the magazine presents a Classic Reprint—a previously published short story that inspired a great film—to illustrate the narrative relationship between the art forms. Previous Classic Reprints include Liu Yi-chang’s “Intersection” (which inspired Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love), Steven Millhauser’s “Eisenheim the Illusionist” (Neil Burger’s The Illusionist), Alice Munro’s “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” (Sarah Polley’s Away From Her), and Paul Auster’s “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story” (Wayne Wang’s Smoke).

Zoetrope: All-Story is also an art magazine, as the editors invite a different contemporary artist to illustrate and design each issue. Past guest designers include William Eggleston, Zaha Hadid, Julian Schnabel, Wim Wenders, Laurie Anderson, Peter Sellars, Helmut Newton, David Bowie, Gus Van Sant, Tom Waits, Ed Ruscha, David Byrne, Kiki Smith, Wayne Thiebaud, Chip Kidd, Yves Béhar, and Mike Figgis.

Winter Reading: “Salt” in The Kenyon Review

by on Dec.13, 2010, under News

My short story “Salt,” chosen by Louise Erdrich as a runner-up in the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, appears in the Winter 2011 issue, available now in print, and coming shortly in eBook form.

Bonus: Planning to attend  the AWP conference in D.C. this February?  Make time for  “Get Shorty: Readings from The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest.”  I’ll be reading from “Salt,” alongside winners and runners-up from the first three years of the contest: Cara Blue Adams, Megan Anderegg Malone, Mika Taylor, Nick Ripatrazone, and Megan Mayhew Bergman.  The fun begins at high noon on Friday, February 4th.