Short Story Month
Posted by on May 22, 2014
May is Short Story Month. Hence it’s a time to celebrate the form, although we think every month should be a month to do so, and of course read a few short stories.

Short stories are short enough to read on a plane or with our morning coffee (refills required). But a well-written story has the narrative power and descriptive beauty to take us to a new world, away from the news headlines for a moment, and perhaps introduce us to a new writer. Truman Capote, perhaps best known for his nonfiction, once admitted that short stories were his “great love.”
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I believe in the short story—in its pull, its beauty, its power. In honor of Short Story Month, I’m listing just a few noteworthy stories, from classics to contemporary pieces such as Jeff Snowbarger’s “Bitter Fruit,” a story about a young man, Caleb, college dropout, who disappoints his father and goes to work for an alcoholic cranberry grower, Ely, who commits suicide. The story has strong visuals, detailed descriptions, landscapes rendered, and vivid settings. “Bitter Fruit” was a “New Voices” story in Tin House (link below).

What are some of your favorite short stories?

Ron Rash, “Burning Bright,” first published in Ecotone; published in his collection of stories Burning Bright.

Ernest Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River” published in The Nick Adams Stories.

Jeff Snowbarger, “Bitter Fruit,” published in Tin House, Issue 42, 2009.

Michael McGuire, “Hernando and the Ever Widening Waste,” published in Terrain, Oct. 3, 2012.

Also, in case you haven’t visited our blog in awhile, we have a short story collection forthcoming very soon! The trailer for Steelies and Other Endangered Species: Stories on Water can be viewed here.

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