Recommended Reads

A good sampling of stories, poems, and essays that have, for one reason or another, stayed with me. Some of them I read many years ago, and others are recent delights. Perhaps you’ll enjoy them, too.

Short Fiction

“The Grifted” by Jac Jemc

“The Janitor in Space” by Amber Sparks

“Labyrinth” by Amelia Gray

“In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” by Amy Hempel

“Spring in Fialta” by Vladimir Nabokov

“Younger” by Brian Evenson

“And Yet” by Brian Evenson

“Valley of the Girls” by Kelly Link

“Bohemians” by George Saunders

“The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis” by Karen Russell

Godzilla versus the Smog Monster” by Lucy Corin


“The End is the End” by Matt Bell

Creative Nonfiction

There are Distances Between Us” by Roxane Gay

Essays on Writing and Craft

The Sentence is a Lonely Place” by Gary Lutz

“Poetry as Violence” by Zachary Schomburg


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