whose short story collection "All Over" has been chosen to be the first book published by the new press, Dzanc Books:
November 6, 2006
Dzanc Books is proud to announce we have found the book that will become our first title: Roy Kesey’s extraordinary debut short story collection, All Over. Dzanc Books will publish All Over in October 2007.
Roy Kesey has been hailed as one of our best young writers, and All Over presents 19 of his most original and latest stories. George Saunders called Kesey’s writing, “beautiful and powerful... mythic, vivid, heart-rending." Roy's work has appeared in over 50 top flight literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, and The Georgia Review. Several of the stories in All Over first appeared in journals such as Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, Other Voices, and The Iowa Review.
Roy currently lives in Beijing, where in addition to writing incredible fiction, he also writes two regular columns – “Dispatches From Roy Kesey, an American Guy Married to a Peruvian Diplomat Living in China,” for the McSweeney’s website, and “Little-Known Corners,” which appears monthly in That’s Beijing. Kesey’s writing in All Over is filled with great inventiveness, his characters and stories at once unique and familiar. Roy believes that “ … there has to be something fundamentally human threaded through all that--fear and pain and love and worry and jealousy and generosity and spilled juice, say--for it to be worth writing or reading.” (Interview with Richard Cooper at Satori Kick).
Roy Kesey has previously published the novella, Nothing in the World (2006, Bullfight Press). Tom Bissell described it as "Beautiful, brave, and I will not soon forget it." Dzanc Books is delighted to be able to expose more of Roy’s writing to a much wider audience by publishing a collection of his short stories. As a young writer whose novella was unanimously well received, and with a lengthy story publishing resume, Roy is on the verge of exploding onto the scene. We here at Dzanc Books are thrilled to be able to announce the forthcoming publication of All Over.
- 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.