Monday, December 26, 2011

Introductions, introduced

One of the things I love about this blog is that it gives me an opportunity to share the work of writers and artists I admire, including some you might not have heard about. Since I've spent a fair amount of time at workshops and writers'conferences over the past year, I've met a LOT of really talented people whose fine stories and poems have not yet found a big audience. I'd like to do my bit to remedy that, so I've decided to start regularly posting links to their work. If you like the stories you find below, do come back and post a comment so I can pass it along to the author. Happy reading.

Brandy Wilson teaches at the University of Memphis and she is currently at work on a novel. You can read one of her stories, "The Paris Times,"  at PANK Magazine.

Richard Alley is a freelance writer and journalist in Memphis. His story "Sea Change" appeared in Memphis Magazine last year, and you can read "Hav-A-Tampa," an excerpt from another story, at Glass Cases.

A.K. Benninghofen is a Mississippi native who now lives in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. She and I met at the Sewanee Writers' Conference last year. You'll find a couple of her great stories at Evergreen Review and Necessary Fiction.

Reading the Story of Oenone, Frank Millett, 1882


akb said...

I enjoyed reading The Paris Times. Nice restraint--the power of the relationship between these two women seems to lie in all that is unsaid. I really love the way Connie's costume changes sort of inform the whole theme of the story. Those physical images of her stick with me most of all. Lots of beautiful lines like this one: "...I didn’t even miss the sunsets like great big scoops of ice cream melting across the wide, open sky in Paris, Texas."

BitterGrace said...

I really liked this story, too, for the same reasons. I'm looking forward to Brandy's novel. It's bound to be good.

akb said...

I liked Sea Change, too. Excellent use of setting. I know that part of the world well (Memphis to the panhandle)--it was beautifully rendered right away, in the first four paragraphs.