Suspend Your Disbelief

Tom Bennitt


Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Tom Bennitt earned an MFA (Fiction) from the University of Mississippi, where he was a Grisham Fellow and Managing Editor of The Yalobusha Review, and a PhD (English) from the University of Nebraska. His work has appeared in several literary journals, including Texas Review, Prairie Schooner, Word Riot, and Descant. His first novel, a literary thriller called Burning Under, was published in October of 2018 from Stephen F. Austin State University Press. He also has a JD from the Penn State School of Law and once did legal work for a Pennsylvania mining company, an experience that inspired the writing of his novel.


Reviews |

Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives, by Brad Watson

There are no zombies or vampires in Brad Watson’s new collection, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives (W.W. Norton, 2010), but there are plenty of folks who act like they’re either dead or from another planet. And, yes, many of Watson’s characters are “aliens”—not green creatures with large heads, but alienated, isolated. They are people who wander through life without an anchor, who don’t feel the pull of gravity.