9781595530301: Glimmer Train, Winter 2012, No. 81

Literary short stories by established and emerging writers.

Excerpts:

Robert Schirmer
Blackout
He stared up toward the blazing sky, following the hawk's weightless flight over a breakfast-cereal billboard and out of sight, leaving Sam again to his life, such as it was.

Kathryne Young
Roadrunner
My grandmother's house floated like a wayward sailboat on an ocean of fine-grained dirt, scrub brush, and yucca trees. Crisp desert mornings, we sat outside eating cottage cheese and frozen peaches in ancient white bowls with ancient silverware, talking about men and families and what happens to women when they grow old.

Lydia Fitzpatrick
In a Library, in Saltillo
Brenda's was the only place in town that tourists ever went, besides the sauce plant. On weekends there'd be a line of them parents on cell phones with a string of sticky-faced kids waiting for vinyl booths and overpriced hot dogs.

Sean Padraic McCarthy
The Piper
Jack wasn't sure what that meant, but Danny explained. "You can have A, B, C, or D. If they're bigger than a D, then it's a double D, and if they're bigger than that, forget it. They wouldn't be able to walk."

J. Kevin Shushtari
The Vast Garden of Strangers
Old Reza finished his noontime prayers and knelt to fold his rug. He put it in the suitcase under his twin bed and went to the window. His son insisted on air conditioning, but he preferred the humid Boston summer, even when it smelled like spoiling feta, as it did today.

Paul Rawlins
The Corn God
I would take them out the shirts, the pants, the tie, the little pup-tent cap and lay them around me carefully on the floor, unpacking the trunk until I reached the bottom, then running my hands along the edges and into the corners for anything I'd missed, every time thinking there ought to be something more a letter, a photograph, a bullet, a ribboned medal.

Laura van den Berg
Interview by Jeremiah Chamberlin
I think it's beautiful and terrifying at the same time, because it's easier to not believe in things in a way. To decide these possibilities don't exist, that there aren't things out there, that there's only daily reality.

Nick Yribar
The Getaway Driver
Eli's performance was staggering. I have no idea exactly what he said, but he was evidently able to establish that the unloaded pistols in his car were antique family heirlooms that he kept in tribute to his grandfather, who'd presented them as a legacy before his passing. The pistols were tokens of remembrance, nothing more, and Eli had never even fired them he wasn't even sure they would fire.

Joy Wood
The Man in the Elevator
Nina was late to her own birthday dinner. Not Chinese-late, but full-on American late, 7:17 according to my father's Casio watch, tromping through the door of Evergreen Palace with her boyfriend, Christian, who hadn't been invited.

Dennis Bock
Improvised Explosive Device
On the sixth morning of his reconnaissance he drank down the last lumpy gulp of his coffee, anachronistically tipped his baseball cap to the Sri Lankan cashier, who smiled shyly, and caned his way out into the bright Manhattan sunshine.

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About the Author:

Paul Rawlins's fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Epoch, Image, Tampa Review, Prism, and America West's in-flight magazine, and has been anthologized in Dispensation, Where Love Is Found, and Listening to the Voices.

Laura van den Berg's stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Conjunctions, American Short Fiction, One Story, the Boston Review, Literary Review, Epoch, and StoryQuarterly. Her work has also been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prize XXIV: Best of the Small Presses. Her first collection, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, was published by Dzanc Books. She is now a fiction editor at West Branch.

Lydia Fitzpatrick received her MFA from the University of Michigan in 2010, where she won a Hopwood Award for short fiction. Her fiction, nonfiction, and interviews have appeared in Mid-American Review, Opium, Fiction Writers Review, and Devil's Lake, and she is a recipient of the 2010 2011 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. She lives in Wadmalaw, South Carolina.

J. Kevin Shushtari lives with his wife, Julie, and their three children in Farmington, Connecticut, where he is at work on a novel. This is his first story accepted for publication. Kevin is also a practicing physician.

Robert Schirmer's short-story collection, Living with Strangers, won the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers and was published by NYU Press. His stories have appeared in Epoch, New England Review, Witness, Glimmer Train, Fiction. Several of his stories have been anthologized, including in Pushcart Prize XXI, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and The Best of Witness.

Joy Wood was born and raised in Michigan. She earned a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was recently a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in fiction. She is the managing editor of Guernica. "The Man in the Elevator" is her first story accepted for publication.

Sean Padraic McCarthy's short stories have been published in Water~Stone Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Confrontation, the Sewanee Review, the Art from Art Anthology, Bayou Magazine, Salit Magazine, Red Cedar Review, Glimmer Train, and Another Chicago Magazine. He earned his MA in writing at the University of San Francisco, and he lives in Mansfield, Massachusetts. He recently completed work on a novel.

Nick Yribar received his BA from the University of Michigan in 2010. He lives, writes, and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "The Getaway Driver" is his first published story.

Kathryne Young is a JD/PhD candidate in sociology and law at Stanford University, and holds an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University. She is working on several short stories and finishing a novel set in California's San Joaquin Valley, told from four points of view. Young lives with her rescue dog, Scout, in the California redwoods. "Roadrunner" is her first published story.

Dennis Bock's books include Olympia, The Ash Garden, and The Communist's Daughter. His work has been short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Kiriyama Prize and won the English Society of Authors Betty Trask Award. He lives in Toronto.

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