9781595530332: Glimmer Train Stories, #84

Literary short stories by established and emerging writers

James Smart
Building Butterflies
The man in front of Bob turns to him again and finds the courage to whisper in his ear. "There's been an earthquake in Cuba." Bob shrugs. "Why are you telling me?" "I had to tell somebody,"the man says, searching the front of Bob's shirt for a name tag.

Gregory Spatz
No Kind of Music
So, there was something ancestral, something almost at the gene level in his renewed interest in music, which on the one hand aligned him (and depressingly) with all of his grandfather's failure and abandoned aspirations, and which on the other hand was just plain tranquil.

Ella Mei Yon
In the black of night, the buildings' structures are barely visible, and so windows of all shapes and sizes, alternately filled with light, create a mosaic of awkward patterns. These are the city's stars.

Nellie Hermann
Even the crowded streets were beautiful to Ahsan. It didn't happen often, that they were so transformed, but when it did he felt an expanse open in his chest; it was as if suddenly, for a brief moment, he became hollow inside, and it was only when he was empty that he could properly see.

Alexi Zentner
We're not in love, he said, are we? We could be. Why don't we give it a try?

Charles Baxter
Interview by Jeremiah Chamberlin
People spend much of their lives trying to repress and hide things, and I've come to feel that it's the business of fiction to bring up to visibility those things that families and social groups and individuals habitually hide.

Philip Tate
My mother doesn't recognize me at first. Then I raise my hand to cover the bald spot at the front of my head. She laughs a good long time. Oh, it's good to be home. Everything is back to normal.

Jennifer Tomscha
Sure Gravity
Then someone, concerned, strong, broke open the door, and this was the beginning of the first day.

Rebecca Podos
The Fourth
Next door, the Masciarelli sisters tanned on their deck, towels between their bodies and the wood planks. It seemed like tough work. They would roll to the left, reset an egg timer, roll to their backs when it rang, and turn to the right, oiling themselves regularly.

Hugh Sheehy
When he hung up, he knew by the sound of their voices that they had not believed him completely. It was not disbelief he had heard, or even skepticism, but an awareness of who he had always been.

Karen Russell
Interview by Carmiel Banasky
There are these living, deeply embedded constellations of types. I don't know if that's something to struggle against or just go for. But it is awkward. One story I wanted to set in the dust-bowl drought but I looked at it and said, Wait a second, it's you people again.

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About the Author:

James Smart is twenty-three years old, and says he lives in a grim, ramshackle town in the North of England where he studies creative writing and film at the University of Hull. His work has appeared in Fresh Ink, Friction, and Spilling Ink, though he says Glimmer Train is his first "biggie." Gregory Spatz's most recent book publications are the novels Inukshuk and Fiddler's Dream. "No Kind of Music" will be included in his forthcoming story collection Half as Happy, and is his second story to be published in Glimmer Train Stories. He teaches in and directs the MFA program for creative writing at Eastern Washington University.

Ella Mei Yon has an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc in fiction and poetry from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently at work on a collection of personal essays and a memoir about her British and Chinese-Nicaraguan family. This is her first print publication.

Nellie Hermann is a graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at Columbia University. Her first novel, The Cure for Grief, was published by Scribner and received national acclaim from Kirkus, the Washington Post, Time, Elle, the New YorkTimes, and others. She teaches at Barnard College and is the Creative Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Alexi Zentner is the author of the novel Touch. His short fiction has won the O. Henry Prize and the Narrative Prize, and has appeared in the Atlantic, Tin House, and other publications. He lives in Ithaca, New York with his wife and daughters.

Charles Baxter is the author of five novels, The Feast of Love, The Soul Thief, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, and First Light; and the story collections Gryphon: New and Selected Stories, Believers, A Relative Stranger, Through the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. He has also written two books of criticism and three books of poetry, as well as edited several anthologies.

Philip Tate teaches English and creative writing at Tompkins Cortland Community College in upstate New York. He received his MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Other stories have recently appeared in the Adirondack Review, Black Warrior Review, and Battered Suitcase. He is also working on several literary and young-adult novels.

Jennifer Tomscha has a master of theology from Harvard Divinity School and an MFA from the University of Michigan. She is at work on a novel about love, among other things. This is her first fiction accepted for publication.

Rebecca Podos is a graduate student in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College. Her work has appeared in the literary magazine Glyph and in CAJE Magazine. Rebecca is currently an editorial intern at Rees Literary Agency, and a middling nanny.

Hugh Sheehy's stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2008, the Kenyon Review, Antioch Review, Saint Anne's Review, New Orleans Review, Southwest Review, Redivider, and this magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches writing at Yeshiva College.

Karen Russell's novel Swamplandia! was named a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction. Her collection of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, was published in 2007. She appeared in the New Yorker's debut fiction issue in 2005, and has since been lauded in their "20 Under 40" list. She was named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35," as well as one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. She's a graduate of the Columbia MFA, a visiting professor at Bryn Mawr College, and was a writer-in-residence at Bard College. Currently, she's a Fiction Fellow at The American Academy in Berlin.

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James Smart; Gregory Spatz; Ella Mei Yon; Nellie Hermann; Alexi Zentner; Charles Baxter; Jeremiah Chamberlin (interviewer); Philip Tate; Jennifer Tomscha; Rebecca Podos; Hugh Sheehy; Carmiel Banasky
Published by Glimmer Train Press, Inc. (2013)
ISBN 10: 1595530339 ISBN 13: 9781595530332
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