by Tom Toro
“Method writing only gets you so far”
“Most writers aren’t recognized in their lifetimes, but there’s always hope.”
We’re off until Labor Day. Have a fiction-filled summer!
Join us for our eighth-annual celebration of the Short Story, as we dedicate the month of May to short fiction.
For those of you headed to L. A. for this year’s AWP, we hope you’ll be sure to drop by the book fair and say hello. We’re particularly excited because this year we’ll be sharing a booth with Midwestern Gothic.
“Nothing ‘important’ comes at the reader straight in ‘American Express,’ and whenever I try to pinpoint what it is that makes Salter such a distinct writer, this is where I poke around for answers.”
“I had been pushing my character, and maybe even my sister, into an ‘other’ box, inadvertently dehumanizing her experience, when what I needed to do instead was bring her into my own head more completely and fold our experiences together.”
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Ben Nadler goes to great lengths to inhabit the setting of Isaac Babel’s “My First Fee.”
Lenore Myka on Mavis Gallant’s story “Mlle. Dias de Corta,” which she calls “a high watermark for what it means to write a truly compelling, frequently unlikeable, and ultimately empathetic character.”