Our new issue is at the printers and we’re so excited.
"Control Magic," Alexander Lumans' essay for our Things American series, is all about his love of Magic: The Gathering and what he's learned from lost lifepoints. (Update: Alex got 9th place out of 20 in a tournament to celebrate the newest set, Journey Into Nyx, this past weekend. We're proud of him. )
We’re slowly getting our archive of web exclusives online. First up: Alexander Lumans’ “The Unicorns,” from 2011, which begins:.
"The blizzard is over. But the sea waves still crash high upon the shore, making it impossible to row off any of the archipelago’s islands. The unicorns are cantering about and talking about the weather. “Fucking cold!” “And how!” The unicorns have come to the archipelago to be chosen by the Rider. It is the only archipelago for hundreds of miles with a Rider who will ride unicorns. “Fucking cold!” “And how!”
Richard Brautigan & Mariah Carey for Chad Redden
Incredible to have won the American Short(er) Fiction Award and alongside Sabrina Orah Mark no less! Read our stories in ASF’s next issue this fall. And then hopefully it’ll move you to read my collection of stories The Observable Characteristics of Organisms which comes out from the unprecedented FC2 next fall!! Yes? Yes.
We asked writers from around the country to compare their favorite teams to a work of fiction. And they did. Oh they did. Check it out: American Short Fiction’s NFL Preview.
Celebrating our ASF staffers’s publications/wins makes us feel all TURBO-BOOST-Y.
Vincent Scarpa’s “Long Division” in Bartleby Snopes
Adeena Reitberger’s essay in The Cimarron Review
Asher Price’s new book (with Kate Galbraith) The Great Texas Wind Rush
and then there’s Alex Lumans, who won the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize.
This is how we feel about just a few of the books we’re digging these days.
— Melinda Moustakis’ new ASF series, “If You Lived Here,” begins with a conversation with Danielle Evans about the landscape of adolescence, putting characters in confined spaces, and “Waffle House” endings. (via jessstoner)
— Today at Things American: “From Post-Black to Postmortem—The Tragic Death of Trayvon Martin.”
Marvin Gaye’s vocals for “Heard It Through The Grapevine”
What does this have to do with American Short Fiction? Well, it certainly has something to do with what it feels like to have goosebumps on your soul. So there’s that. Also, we know all the down things about Detroit have been in the news lately, but all we want to do is beg you, plead with you, to go to the Motown Museum. It’ll ruin all other museums for you. You should all go. Right now.
We’re working on uploading the ASF archives onto the new site. There’s Ravi’s great “Outlander” (plus an interview with him here) along with Online Fiction from Sal Pane, Casey Hannan, Venita Blackburn, and other superb writers (with lots more to come).
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