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Posts Tagged ‘Midwestern Fiction’

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Impossible Beliefs: A Conversation with Steve Yates and Steve Wiegenstein

“There is so much published that is all the same. Yet there burns that desire to create something that does not exist. Especially for the Ozarks. Something that is not exactly like anything else under the sun.”


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The World Is Made of Stories: An Interview with Alan Heathcock

Mary Stewart Atwell talks with Alan Heathcock as part of her interview series with writers of rural fiction, undertaken in partnership with The Art of the Rural. The two discuss Heathcock’s debut collection, Volt, as well as his Midwestern influences, film, politics, and more.


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Stories We Love: “In the Heart of the Heart of the Country,” by William Gass

“William Gass’s ‘In the Heart of the Heart of the Country’ stands as an answer for what it means to write from the Midwest. Told in thirty-six discrete sections, this story is a devastatingly gorgeous meditation on loss and the rhythms of the Midwestern landscape.


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Book of the Week: Tell Everyone I Said Hi, by Chad Simpson

Our current feature is Chad Simpson’s debut collection, Tell Everyone I Said Hi, which was the winner of the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award from The University of Iowa Press. Chad was raised in Monmouth, Illinois, and Logansport, Indiana. His stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Sun, Esquire, Barrelhouse, American Short Fiction, and many other print and online publications. He also is the author of a chapbook of short fiction, Phantoms, published by Origami Zoo Press in 2010. A recipient of an Illinois Arts Council fellowship in prose, he teaches at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where […]



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