Peter Tieryas Writer Page
Watering Heaven is a travelogue of and requiem for the American dream in all its bizarre manifestations and a surreal, fantastic journey through the streets, alleys, and airports of China. Whether it’s a monk who uses acupuncture needles to help him fly or a city filled with rats about to be exterminated so that the mayor can win his reelection bid, be prepared to laugh, swoon, and shudder at the answers Tieryas offers in this provocative debut collection.
This debut collection probes the membrane of modern meaninglessness in consistently passionate and original prose. Watering Heaven underscores the babble of the global village from inside China’s Forbidden City to inside the bacterium of the hand that holds the ubiquitous videogame joystick. Tieryas’s brave new world comes at us full-force with a spinning Blade Runner intensity, keeping us guessing as it keeps us on the edge of our postwar, pre-apocalyptic seats. Encore! Encore!
–Leza Lowitz, Author, Green Tea to Go: Stories from Tokyo
Watering Heaven is edgy, clever and memorably innovative. He masterfully treats his panoply of characters with a vibrant swirl of wit and compassion. His untainted directness of language, his richness and precision to detail, as well as his surreal brilliancy reminds one of the very best of Borges, Calvino, Pynchon. Here is an author who singlehandedly breaks the sun in half with sheer novelty and song.
–Leonore Wilson, Author of Western Solstice
This collection of madly manic fiction rides bareback over the rocky metaphysical divide that is Asia and the U.S.A. And the journey is bleakly compassionate. These are curious fictions, bordering at times on meditations about the unpredictability and possibility of existence. An astonishing energy prevails throughout the collection. This is definitely a writer to watch.
–Xu Xi, Author of Access: Thirteen Tales and Habit of a Foreign Sky
Peter Tieryas’s ear is expertly attuned to the zeitgeist–the tangle of our social networks, our cubicle culture, the language of science–but the brilliant, haunting stories in Watering Heaven are always leading us somewhere deeper yet: that fathomless reservoir of human need and longing.
–Tim Horvath, Author of Understories and associate Prose Editor for Camera Obscura
I have almost 200 publications, many of which include my fiction. My short stories have been published in some of the most prestigious literary magazines around. I’ve listed five of my favorites, and can provide many more upon request. Three are print magazines and the other two are online. Copies of the stories can also be provided:
Evergreen Review: Evergreen Review is a US-based literary magazine founded by Barney Rosset, publisher of Grove Press. Its diversity can be seen in the March-April 1960 issue, which included work by Albert Camus, as well as Edward Albee’s first play. Some writers published in other issues include Jean-Paul Sartre, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsburg.
Indiana Review: Now in its thirty-fifth year of publication, Indiana Review is a literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Works by contributors have been awarded the Pushcart Prize and reprinted in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, as well as in the O. Henry Awards, Best American Short Stories, and Best New American Voices. Indiana Review is recognized as one of the top 50 fiction markets by Writer’s Digest and in 1996 was selected as the first place winner of the American Literary Magazine Award.
Gargoyle: Gargoyle has published authors who have won the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the National Book Award among other honors. Work from the magazine has been included in The Best American Fantasy, The Best American Non-Required Reading, New Stories from the South, and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.
mojo: mojo is the graduate-run online literary journal from Wichita State University’s MFA program. I was the recipient of their Fiction Award for 2012.
ZYZZYVA: ZYZZYVA publishes the best prose, poetry, and visual art produced by West Coast writers and artists. Since 1985, they’ve published such writers as Sherman Alexie, Raymond Carver, Aimee Bender, Po Bronson, F.X. Toole, Haruki Murakami, Richard Rodriguez, and Daniel Handler; poets such as Kay Ryan, Adrienne Rich, Matthew Zapruder, Czeslaw Milosz, W.S. Di Piero, and Francisco X. Alarcon.
I’ve also worked as a technical writer for LucasArts, writing their game manuals. I really enjoy understanding the complexities and mechanics of a game, then writing them down for players throughout the world so they can enjoy games with ease. Apart from the game manuals, I also enjoy writing about videogames, covering big events and analyzing what makes some of the best games out there classics. I’ve included several articles and links to their respective pages below.
Apart from my game journalism and fiction, I write a lot of non-fiction for a variety of magazines and sites. I’m the LA Travel Examiner, I write reviews for places like Bookslut, HTMLGiant, and the LitPub, and I write a lot about my travels throughout the world. Below are some samples of my non-fiction articles. I can provide many more upon request.
anderbo.com: Receiving over a million hits each year, Anderbo is one of the leading literary markets in the online community. Publishing short stories, poetry, novel excerpts, and “facts” as well as photography, the magazine also hosts yearly contests helmed by preeminent figures from the lit community.
Bookslut: Has been named one of the 50 best websites by Time and one of the best literature websites by The New York Times. Bookslut receives between 6,500 and 8,000 unique visitors per day (195,000 to 240,000 per month).
Finally, I have two big future projects in the works. Both happen to be murder mysteries, with the first being a novel, and the second, a graphic novel I am working on with the very talented artist, James Chiang, who is also a creative/animation director at One Animation and is represented by the very amazing agent, Judy Hansen. I hope to have news on both in the near future.