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The Story Prize

January 28, 2014

I’m thrilled to announce that THIS CLOSE was long-listed for The Story Prize. News of the award, won this year by George Saunders for Tenth of December, is here.

Flavorwire: The 10 Best Short Story Collections of 2013

December 10, 2013

THIS CLOSE makes Flavorwire’s top 10 list of Best Short Story Collections of 2013.

NPR’s Best Books of 2013

December 2, 2013

I am delighted to say that my story collection, THIS CLOSE, was named a Best Book of 2013 by NPR.

Elon University & The Center for Fiction

December 2, 2013

I had the enormous honor of being a Visiting Writer at Elon University a few weeks ago. The English Department hosted me for three days and I got to meet students, run workshops, give a reading, and judge a story contest (the first place story was outstanding). I’ll be teaching again this spring, a 6-week short story workshop, at the Center for Fiction in New York City.

Poets & Writers

June 6, 2013

A little bit of writerly advice for the Writers Recommend feature at P&W.

The Atlantic

May 28, 2013

For the “By Heart” series in The Atlantic—in which writers write about a favorite literary passage—I wrote about a section of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations.

McSweeney’s Recommends

May 10, 2013

The stories in Kane’s new collection are a revelation. They’re somehow solemn and mature in one turn while smiling and ennobling in another. There’s a quiet realism in them, the kind you read on your patio at twilight, the kind with a humanity that accepts how hard it is to trust people and know people and be near people but then also keeps love and fulfillment right there within grasp. It’s good to find these.” The “McSweeney’s Recommends” citation for This Close.


May 9, 2013

Inspired by George Packer’s piece on “gender reveal” parties for The New Yorker, I wrote about “genre reveal” parties for McSweeney’s. Learn how to plan your own here.

My First Time

May 6, 2013

Writer David Abrams, author of Fobbit and keeper of the fine literary blog The Quivering Pen, asked me to contribute a piece to his “My First Time” series. I wrote about how my very first short story acceptance arrived.

2nd Printing!

May 2, 2013

My publisher told me this morning that This Close has gone into a second printing. I’m thrilled and so grateful to everyone at Graywolf Press for all the hard work that goes into making a book of short stories sell.

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