Living in North Carolina, and being a writer, I'd heard about the tragic, too-early death of Amanda Davis. I've had both her books, "Circling the Drain," and "Wonder When You'll Miss Me," for a while now. A couple of days ago I picked her novel to read, and just as I suspected, even more really, I was blown away by both the power of the novel, by the incredible talent Amanda Davis had, and deeply saddened that someone who offered so much of herself is no longer on this earth. At least her spirit will live on indefinitely through her words. Of that I have no doubt.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.