Category: short stories

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Newburyport Literary Festival 2014 — wrap up

Another year, another great Newburyport Literary Festival. I was thrilled to be a part of the festival again this year and to be able to share the day with readers and writers. It is, without a doubt, my favorite local event of the year and I am so proud that our town hosts it. And my great thanks to Vicki Hendrickson and Jennifer Entwistle … Read More Newburyport Literary Festival 2014 — wrap up

Short Story Month Giveaway

I’m excited that May is short story month. In fact, I’m so excited that I’m going to give away a signed copy of my collection of short fiction, I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND. Here’s what you have to do: in the comments to this post on my blog, list your favorite short story and tell me why it’s your favorite. I will keep the … Read More Short Story Month Giveaway

Publishers Weekly reviews I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND

From the Publishers Weekly review of I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND: “Much of the appeal of Collins’s fiction comes from the idiosyncratic way that the longer stories unfold, their lurch from subject to subject challenging convention, but possessing an inner logic that conforms to character. Typically, initially disjointed subjects dovetail to resonant climaxes.”

PANK holiday sale — including 25% off I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND

PANK has a holiday sale on right now (until January 1, 2013). Check it out: HOLIDAY SALE: At least 25% off all PANK merchandise. See the PayPal drop down menu below for sale prices. As a very special bonus, we’re also offering the [PANK] Holiday Bundle for that hard to buy for litnerd in your life. The bundle includes PANK Magazine print editions 5, … Read More PANK holiday sale — including 25% off I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND

Enter for your chance to win a copy of I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND

 I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND is forthcoming from [PANK] Books in January 2013. Click here and enter for your chance to WIN one of two signed copies. And please spread the word!    

Hard to Say, by Ethel Rohan

I do believe that Hard to Say, a painfully beautiful linked collection of stories by Ethel Rohan, will leave you as speechless as it did me. The book begins with a young woman whose own desire not to speak her family’s many secrets chokes her. It is not until she envisions herself speaking, through a dream of bloodletting, that her stories are set free. Long kept hidden … Read More Hard to Say, by Ethel Rohan

Ayiti, by Roxane Gay

At the heart of Roxane Gay‘s devastating debut collection, Ayiti, is truth. Whether a language is shared or a language divides, what it offers, when spoken with strength and authority, is an opportunity to share the truth. There is a connection to the desire for truth from the title of the book, which is the Haitian Creole for Haiti, to the final words, which … Read More Ayiti, by Roxane Gay

Other Heartbreaks, by Patricia Henley

It seems an oversimplification to say that Patricia Henley’s gorgeous new short story collection, Other Heartbreaks, will break your heart. But it will. It will break your heart again and again but you will come back to it, begging for more. You will come back because this is what love it about. The thrill of attraction, the comfort of togetherness, the razor’s edge of disintegration. … Read More Other Heartbreaks, by Patricia Henley

Wild Life, by Kathy Fish

If you’re like me, when you finish the brilliant new chapbook Wild Life just about every other page will be dog eared. From the prodigal brother eating watermelon in the dark, to the Payless shoe store clerk who may or may not be a child abductor, to the couple with the new bed, you will turn the last page of this book and feel … Read More Wild Life, by Kathy Fish

Knockemstiff, by Donald Ray Pollock

Donald Ray Pollock’s, Knockemstiff, is an exceptionally devastating, unquestionably American, undeniably well-crafted collection of linked stories that, if you dare to finish it, will leave you feeling utterly gutted. And this is a good thing. You should feel gutted after you read it and you should read it. It’s a brave book, for while it is not about politics it is, for sure, a … Read More Knockemstiff, by Donald Ray Pollock

20 years ago and today

20 years ago, I was finishing up my first summer out of college. I was teaching summer school (a miserable experience for both the students and me) and I had much to look forward to. I had finished writing my first novel and my agent at the time was sending it out to publishers. I had a handful of stories upon which my creative … Read More 20 years ago and today

Big World, by Mary Miller

I first encountered the work of Mary Mill when I was guest editor for SmokeLong Quarterly and my friend Katrina Denza suggested I check out her writing. I did and asked her to submit for the issue. She sent us this: A Blind Dog Named Killer and a Colony of Bees. All this is to say that before I even cracked the spine of … Read More Big World, by Mary Miller

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