Mitchell Waldman

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'''Mitchell Waldman''', born in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, is a fiction writer who works generally in the realist tradition (with occasional voyages into magic realism) and tends to use dialogue to bring his characters to life. He is the author of the new short story collection, '''Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart''' (Wind Publications, August 15, 2011).  
'''Mitchell Waldman''', born in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, is a fiction writer who works generally in the realist tradition (with occasional voyages into magic realism) and tends to use dialogue to bring his characters to life. He is the author of the new short story collection, '''Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart''' (Wind Publications, August 15, 2011).  
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The stories in '''Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart''' have been said to "startle a reader with sudden, uncompromising insight. They seem ordinary people engaged in ordinary lives until betrayals, accidents, and misfortune put the puzzles of their weak choices and unfair chance into stark relief when they are left with a kind of clarity they might have been happier not to have. Yet these stories are not moralistic judgments. Readers will come away from this book better for having spent time with Waldman’s well wrought characters, all sprung from the heart of an exacting writer gifted with compassion." (Perry Glasser, author of Dangerous Places). And, it has been said that in the book, "Waldman gives the reader a full buffet of crimes and offenses; from large to small, physical to mental and subtle to spectacular....There's something to chew on and sink your teeth into."  (Timothy Gager, author of Treating A Sick Animal: Flash and Micro Fictions). In addition, another reviewer has said of the collection that subtle paradoxes and paradigmatic shifts undermine the reader's sense of stable themes....Waldman's writing stays tight, even concise, and by not calling attention to itself all the more reveals everyday life as taking place on a far grander scale than we imagine." (Paul A. Toth, author of Airplane Novel).
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The stories in '''Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart''' have been said to "startle a reader with sudden, uncompromising insight. They seem ordinary people engaged in ordinary lives until betrayals, accidents, and misfortune put the puzzles of their weak choices and unfair chance into stark relief when they are left with a kind of clarity they might have been happier not to have. Yet these stories are not moralistic judgments. Readers will come away from this book better for having spent time with Waldman’s well wrought characters, all sprung from the heart of an exacting writer gifted with compassion." (Perry Glasser, author of Dangerous Places). And, it has been said that in the book, "Waldman gives the reader a full buffet of crimes and offenses; from large to small, physical to mental and subtle to spectacular....There's something to chew on and sink your teeth into."  (Timothy Gager, author of Treating A Sick Animal: Flash and Micro Fictions). In addition, another reviewer has said of the collection that subtle paradoxes and paradigmatic shifts undermine the reader's sense of stable themes....Waldman's writing stays tight, even concise, and by not calling attention to itself all the more reveals everyday life as taking place on a far grander scale than we imagine." (Paul A. Toth, author of Airplane Novel). Also, a reviewer has described '''Petty Offenses''' as including "beautifully crafted stories...which can be described as “bitter sweet. Each protagonist has a scar of some kind; an emotional wound which dictates their actions and the stories revolve around characters seeking to resolve these issues . . . . Some reach a level of greater wisdom and closure . . . . In other stories the characters do not enjoy the mixed blessings of “closure”, and some border on the macabre . . . . The lesson it seems from these stories is that you can use your life's experiences even when circumstances are beyond your control such as war or poverty and turn them around to move on and make choices or be a victim of your circumstances and allow them to control you. Either way there is a cause and a consequence of any action or choice . . . . Each of these stories can be read as self-contained compositions but I would recommend you read them in sequence to experience the themes to unfold as most satisfyingly do." (Dean Cowan at BookPleasures.com)
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Waldman is also the author of the novel, '''A Face in the Moon''' (Writers Club Press, 2000), a belated coming-of-age story told from a male first person viewpoint. Waldman's novel has been described as "a Shakespearean-like tale with a twist," as "a story readers won't soon forget," and as "an emotionally deep story that takes the reader so deep inside a lonely, sad young man readers will hold their breath knowing that they cannot escape until the book is finished." The novel has further been described as showing Waldman's "great talent for developing characters who are people you feel you know, then placing them in life settings we can all understand and believe," as demonstrating his "tremendous talent for genuine characters in real life settings," and as showing the author's application of "skill in his flowing narrative complete with a skillful portrayal of psychological grapplings."  
Waldman is also the author of the novel, '''A Face in the Moon''' (Writers Club Press, 2000), a belated coming-of-age story told from a male first person viewpoint. Waldman's novel has been described as "a Shakespearean-like tale with a twist," as "a story readers won't soon forget," and as "an emotionally deep story that takes the reader so deep inside a lonely, sad young man readers will hold their breath knowing that they cannot escape until the book is finished." The novel has further been described as showing Waldman's "great talent for developing characters who are people you feel you know, then placing them in life settings we can all understand and believe," as demonstrating his "tremendous talent for genuine characters in real life settings," and as showing the author's application of "skill in his flowing narrative complete with a skillful portrayal of psychological grapplings."  
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===Publishing credits===
===Publishing credits===
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Waldman's work has appeared in many publications, including and ''[[The Big Stupid Review]]'', ''[[Pulse Literary Journal]]'', ''[[Litsnack]]'', ''[[Down in the Dirt]]'', ''[[The Bracelet Charm Quarterly]]'', ''[[Blue Ships Magazine]]'', ''[[The Houston Literary Review]]'', ''[[Milk Sugar]]: An Online Literary Journal'', ''[[The Greensilk Journal]]'' ''[[Wind Magazine]]'', ''[[The Piker Press]]'', ''[[The Legendary]]'', ''[[Red Fez]],'' ''[[trans lit]]'', ''[[The Fine Line]]'', ''[[new aesthetic]]'', ''[[The Battered Suitcase]]'', ''[[eFiction Magazine]]'', ''[[worldwide hippies]]'', ''[[Fiction Collective]]'', ''[[Shorelines Literary Magazine]]'', ''[[Wilderness House Literary Review]]'', ''[[Greatest Lakes Review]]'', ''[[Eclectic Flash Literary Journal]]'', ''[[Moronic Ox Literary and Cultural Journal]]'', ''[[Five Fishes Journal]]'', ''[[Girls With Insurance]]'', ''[[Ink Monkey Magazine]]'', ''[[13th Story]]'', ''[[63 Channels]]'', ''[[Poetpourri]]'', ''[[Poetry Motel]]'', ''[[Poetic Hours]]'', ''[[Poetalk]]'', ''[[Poetry Peddler]]'', ''[[Poetry Forum]]'', ''[[Poetry Forum Newsletter]]'', ''[[The Poet's Haven]]'', ''[[Woven Worlds]]'', ''[[The Advocate]]'', ''[[Desperate Act]]'', ''[[Malcontent]]'', ''[[CWG Newsletter]]'', ''[[Verbal Expression]]'', ''[[Bold Print]]'', ''[[First Literary Review]]'', ''[[HazMat Review]]'', ''[[Mobius]]'', ''[[Innisfree]]'', ''[[The Parnassus Literary Journal]]'', ''[[Unknowns]]'', ''[[Long Story Short]]'', ''[[Rochester Shorts]]'', and ''[[The Rochester Times-Union]]''.
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Waldman's work has appeared in many publications, including and The Fringe Magazine'']], ''[[''[[The Big Stupid Review]]'', ''[[Pulse Literary Journal]]'', ''[[Litsnack]]'', ''[[Down in the Dirt]]'', ''[[The Bracelet Charm Quarterly]]'', ''[[Blue Ships Magazine]]'', ''[[The Houston Literary Review]]'', ''[[Milk Sugar]]: An Online Literary Journal'', ''[[The Greensilk Journal]]'' ''[[Wind Magazine]]'', ''[[The Piker Press]]'', ''[[The Legendary]]'', ''[[Red Fez]],'' ''[[trans lit]]'', ''[[The Fine Line]]'', ''[[new aesthetic]]'', ''[[The Battered Suitcase]]'', ''[[eFiction Magazine]]'', ''[[worldwide hippies]]'', ''[[Fiction Collective]]'', ''[[Shorelines Literary Magazine]]'', ''[[Wilderness House Literary Review]]'', ''[[Greatest Lakes Review]]'', ''[[Eclectic Flash Literary Journal]]'', ''[[Moronic Ox Literary and Cultural Journal]]'', ''[[Five Fishes Journal]]'', ''[[Girls With Insurance]]'', ''[[Ink Monkey Magazine]]'', ''[[13th Story]]'', ''[[63 Channels]]'', ''[[Poetpourri]]'', ''[[Poetry Motel]]'', ''[[Poetic Hours]]'', ''[[Poetalk]]'', ''[[Poetry Peddler]]'', ''[[Poetry Forum]]'', ''[[Poetry Forum Newsletter]]'', ''[[The Poet's Haven]]'', ''[[Woven Worlds]]'', ''[[The Advocate]]'', ''[[Desperate Act]]'', ''[[Malcontent]]'', ''[[CWG Newsletter]]'', ''[[Verbal Expression]]'', ''[[Bold Print]]'', ''[[First Literary Review]]'', ''[[HazMat Review]]'', ''[[Mobius]]'', ''[[Innisfree]]'', ''[[The Parnassus Literary Journal]]'', ''[[Unknowns]]'', ''[[Long Story Short]]'', ''[[Rochester Shorts]]'', and ''[[The Rochester Times-Union]]''.
More of his fiction and poetry will also appear shortly in ''[[eFiction Magazine]]'', ''[[Eunoia Review]]'', ''[[The Waterhouse Review]]'', and in the anthology, A Long and Winding Road.  
More of his fiction and poetry will also appear shortly in ''[[eFiction Magazine]]'', ''[[Eunoia Review]]'', ''[[The Waterhouse Review]]'', and in the anthology, A Long and Winding Road.  
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====Fiction====
====Fiction====
* [http://mitchwaldman.homestead.com/Short-Stories-by-Mitchell-Waldman.html '''List of Short Stories Available Online''']
* [http://mitchwaldman.homestead.com/Short-Stories-by-Mitchell-Waldman.html '''List of Short Stories Available Online''']
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* [http://thefringemagazine.blogspot.com/2011/09/fiction-sacrificial-rites-by-mitchell.html Sacrificial Rites (V2) (The Fringe Magazine)]
* [http://pikerpress.com/article.php?aID=4513 The Alignment of the Planets (The Piker Press)]
* [http://pikerpress.com/article.php?aID=4513 The Alignment of the Planets (The Piker Press)]
* [http://www.troubadour21.com/short-stories/mwaldman/welcome-to-the-corporation/ Welcome to the Corporation (Troubadour 21)]
* [http://www.troubadour21.com/short-stories/mwaldman/welcome-to-the-corporation/ Welcome to the Corporation (Troubadour 21)]

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