In the last week I've read J.M. Coetzee's "Slow Man,"Brad Kessler's "Birds in Fall,""Eating Naked," a short story collection by Stephen Dobyns and a collection of stories and a novella by Cristina Henriquez, Come Together, Fall Apart.
I loved each of these for different reasons: "Slow Man" was an expertly written quiet story of a man's acceptance of his body's failings; "Birds in Fall," was a gorgeous novel centered around a tragic airplane crash and the people affected by it--lots of beautiful writing; I loved the Dobyns collection--original and some of it hilarious; and I fell in love with Cristina Henriquez's characters and her writing. She has a lot of heart and she doesn't withhold it from her writing.
- 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.