I just finished Mary Swan's collection The Deep and Other Stories.
A couple of things struck me about this collection which included a wide range of story lengths, novella to short-short: her style remained consistent throughout, regardless of length, and she tells her stories often piece by piece so that the whole comes to the reader gradually. A slow, lovely unfolding.
Her novella "The Deep," won the O'Henry Prize in 2001.
- My work can be found in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, Pank, New Delta Review, and Gargoyle #57, among others. 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. Currently, I'm an Associate editor for Narrative Magazine. In 2011, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.