New Stories from the Midwest

New Stories from the Midwest

Edited by Jason Lee Brown and Shanie Latham
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/22/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-00818-3
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New Stories from the Midwest presents a collection of stories that celebrate an American region too often ignored in discussions about distinctive regional literature. The editors solicited nominations from more than 300 magazines, literary journals, and small presses and narrowed the selection to 19 authors. The stories, written by Midwestern writers or focusing on the Midwest, demonstrate that the quality of fiction from and about the heart of the country rivals that of any other region. Guest editor John McNally introduces the anthology, which features short fiction by Charles Baxter, Dan Chaon, Christopher Mohar, Rebecca Makkai, Lee Martin, and others.

Author Bio

Jason Lee Brown teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University and is a contributing editor to River Styx. He has received awards from the Illinois Arts Council, Academy of American Poets, and Illinois Press Association. He is editor (with Jay Prefontaine) of the 2011 edition of New Stories from the Midwest.

Shanie Latham is Assistant Professor of English at Jefferson College, Missouri. She is Managing Editor at River Styx.


“This collection of award-winning stories celebrates a region too often ignored, showcasing fiction from and about the heart of the country which rivals any other region.”

“As this fresh anthology proves, there's a mix of writers and sensibilities that inhabit the literary Midwest as to make the term unpredictable.”
 — Stuart Dybek, MacArthur Fellow and author of The Coast of Chicago

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Table of Contents

Editors’ Note
1. Mr. Scary Charles Baxter from Ploughshares
2. To Psychic Underworld Dan Chaon from Tin House
3. Townie Roderic Crooks from Gulf Coast
4. The Amnesiac in the Maze Michael Czyzniejewski from Ninth Letter
5. The Deep Anthony Doerr from Zoetrope
6. Circling in the Air David Driscoll from Mississippi Review
7. Down to Bone Roxane Gay from Mid-American Review
8. Starry Night Lania Knight from Jabberwock Review
9. Peter Torrelli Falling Down Rebecca Makkai from Tin House
10. In Which a Coffin Is a Bed but an Ox Is Not a Coffin Brenda K. Marshall
from Michigan Quarterly Review
11. Drunk Girl in Stilettos Lee Martin from The Georgia Review
12. The State Bird of Minnesota Charles McLeod from Michigan Quarterly Review
13. The Five Points of Performance Christopher Mohar from Southwest Review
14. The Baby Glows David James Poissant from The Southern Review
15. Splendid, Silent Sun Yelizaveta P. Renfro from Glimmer Train
16. Miscarriages Shannon Robinson from Nimrod International Journal
17. American Bulldog Chad Simpson from Crab Orchard Review
18. Twelve + Twelve Christine Sneed from Glimmer Train
19. A Dry Season Ian Stansel from Ecotone
20. Schnecks Mark Wisniewski from Alaska Quarterly Review

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