End-of-Year List & Thanks

I’m not drawn to making lists, especially lists that seem to rank creative work, but as 2013 comes to a close I find myself thinking of stories that have mattered deeply to me. These pieces all have big hearts and haunt long after the first read. Here they are, in no particular order, the breathtaking gems I found in 2013:

Megan Mayhew Bergman’s “Birds of a Lesser Paradise” from Narrative Magazine

Vincent Scarpa’s “I Hope You’re Wrong About Scottsdale” from Hayden’s Ferry Review

Brian Evenson’s “And Yet” from Granta

Jen Michalski’s “Houdini” from The Summerset Review

Laura van den Berg’s “Acrobat” from Necessary Fiction

Mary Miller’s “Pearl” from Electric Literature‘s Recommended Reading

Catherine Carberry’s “Jawbone” from Word Riot

Carol Anshaw’s “The Last Speaker of the Language” from New Ohio Review

Karen Dietrich’s “Pierce to Vent” from SmokeLong Quarterly

Chin-Sun Lee’s “Show Me” from Slice Magazine

Dina Guidubaldi’s “At Home in the World” from Prairie Schooner

Matt Bell’s “Dredge” from Hayden’s Ferry Review

I’m thankful for a great year of reading, to have met and be around so many talented writers, to be challenged and inspired and pushed by the wealth of literary talent being published today. Looking forward to what greatness 2014 brings from these and other writers.

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