A few recommendations:
After you finish with the excellent new issue of SmokeLong Quarterly, then pick up a copy of Roger Morris' The Gentle Axe. You won't be disappointed with this atmospheric mystery. I devoured it. I've just started Pia Z. Ehrhardt's gorgeous short story collection Famous Fathers. Pia's writing is so breathtakingly honest and her details are so fresh, so exquisite, you'll want to read this slowly.
Also Storyglossia's Issue 20 has published with many great stories including my dear friend Myfanwy Collins' story "Orange Crush." I swear you'll fall in love with Myfanwy's story of painful teenage crushes.
- 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, Pank, 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 assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. I'm also working on two novels and a short story collection. In 2011, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.