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The Short Story

Jay Todd studied writing with Frederick Barthelme, Steven Barthelme, and Mary Robison at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and now teaches at Xavier University of Louisiana. His fiction has appeared in journals such as the Southern California Review, the Chicago Quarterly Review, Fiction Weekly, and 971 Magazine.

The Less-Short Story

Jay Todd grew up in Pittsburgh and Chicago. He attended college at Webster University in St. Louis, studying creative writing with T. M. McNally. For a time in college, he lived in a tall house on a hill with several people who would later become famous: Laurie Ruettimann, the HR superstar; Matthew Cody, author of the young-adult Powerless trilogy; and Dana Snyder, the voice of Aqua Teen Hunger Force's Master Shake. After college, he spent several years working for fund-raising arm of the ultra-conservative Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as a "Electronic Media Specialist," even though no one really knew what that label meant.

After surviving the non-event of Y2K, he changed course and moved south to study creative writing with Frederick Barthelme, Steven Barthelme, and Mary Robison at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, whence he received his master's degree in 2003 and his doctorate in 2006. He became a husband and a step-father the day after he became a doctor.

Following graduate school, he taught first-year composition at Southeastern Louisiana University for a year before being hired as Writing Center Director at Xavier University of Louisiana. Three years later, he accepted a position as Xavier's QEP Director, even though no one really knew what that label meant.

He has been publishing fiction since 2002, when he became hooked on the submission-rejection-acceptance cycle after receiving a brief hand-written rejection letter from C. Michael Curtis, fiction editor for the Atlantic Monthly, that said he was a good writer. Since then, his fiction has appeared in print in literary journals like Phantasmagoria, Chicago Quarterly Review, Southern California Review, and the Xavier Review, and in online journals like Fiction Weekly, 971 Menu, Paradigm, and Red Savina Review. He is currently alternating his attention on three novels-in-progress: one about cults and alien abductions; one about post-apocalyptic America; and one about the generations of a family in a dying town in the rural south.

Todd lives on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, about an hour north of New Orleans, with his wife, the author McKenna Michaels, and their two children, two dogs, and one cat.

The Robin Questions

Yes, he is aware that he shares his name with Batman's second Robin. Yes, that is the name he was given at birth. No, his parents did not name him after Robin (for he was born a decade before that Robin's first appearance (Batman #357)). Yes, he has always appreciated the connection (especially in relation to the fact that Jason Todd is the only comic book superhero to ever be killed off at the behest of the audience). He even once considered getting Robin's symbol tattoo (until his friend Kate McKean convinced him that he would not want to spend the rest of his life explaining why he had a registration mark on his chest). Yes, he is glad that Jason Todd has returned from the dead and become the vigilante Red Hood (but he doesn't understand why the writers and artists are so juvenile in their representations of Starfire (although he does understand that wondering about the juvenile representation of a female character in comic books is a moot point)). No, he does not want to see Red Hood in any movies (because they will suck (because they all suck in the end)).

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