I’ve never read Joy Williams, but now I’m going to seek her out. All because of this article by Lincoln Michel. She does a great job of spelling out what a short story should do, while giving her view of humanity and mentioning the current corporate nature of writing workshops. (Agree or disagree?)
New Crown Heights reading series, from their FB page:
Hope you can join us for great lit and brews at the 4th edition of the Manhattanville Reading Series, a monthly happening for emerging writers at Crown Heights cafe Manhattanville Coffee.
April’s featured reader is innovative short fiction star and Electric Literature editor-in-chief Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts). He’ll be joined by up-and-comers Kyle Lucia Wu (Joyland, The Rumpus), Annabel Graham (Atticus Review, Corium), and Julia Phillips (The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Quarterly).
Manhattanville is a sister series to Crown Heights’s long-running lit event, the Franklin Park Reading Series. If you’re interested in reading at an upcoming event, please send 3-5 pages of prose and a short bio to email@example.com. We’re seeking writers who’ve published work online or in print but haven’t yet released a book.
Manhattanville Reading Series
Tuesday, April 26, 7:30-9pm
167 Rogers Ave, at the corner of St. Johns
Brooklyn, NY 11216
More on our authors:
LINCOLN MICHEL is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature and the co-editor of Gigantic. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, NOON, Tin House, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism have appeared in The Believer, the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, and elsewhere. He’s the author of Upright Beasts, a collection of short stories, and the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction.
KYLE LUCIA WU is a writer living in New York. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School. Her work has appeared in Joyland, The Rumpus, and Interview Magazine, among other places. She is the managing editor of Joyland.
ANNABEL GRAHAM is a Los Angeles-based writer, photographer, filmmaker and artist. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in CutBank, Cosmonauts Avenue, Corium, and Atticus Review, among other places. Her essays and journalism have appeared in Autre, Surface, and Out of Order. A finalist for the 2015 Montana Prize in Fiction and the 2015 SLS-Disquiet Literary Prize, she is the assistant fiction editor of No Tokens.
JULIA PHILLIPS has published short stories in Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and the Antioch Review. A Fulbright grant recipient in Creative Writing, Pushcart Prize nominee, and finalist for the Glimmer Train Short-Story Award for New Writers, she lives in Crown Heights.
Wow, this is extensive and very useful. Thanks to Lincoln Michel for taking the time to break it down and peel away some of the layers of mystery surrounding how journals work.