Last Words of the Holy Ghost

Last Words of the Holy Ghost

Previous Winners of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction Laura Kopchick, series editor Barbara Rodman, founding editor The Stuntman's Daughter by Alice Blanchard Rick DeMarinis, Judge Here Comes the Roar by Dave Shaw Marly ...

Author: Matt Cashion

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 9781574416121

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

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Funny, heartbreaking, and real—these twelve stories showcase a dynamic range of voices belonging to characters who can't stop confessing. They are obsessive storytellers, disturbed professors, depressed auctioneers, gambling clergy. A fourteen-year-old boy gets baptized and speaks in tongues to win the love of a girl who ushers him into adulthood; a troubled insomniac searches the woods behind his mother's house for the "awful pretty" singing that begins each midnight; a school-system employee plans a year-end party at the site of a child's drowning; a burned-out health-care administrator retires from New England to coastal Georgia and stumbles upon a life-changing moment inside Walmart. These big-hearted people—tethered to the places that shape them—survive their daily sorrows and absurdities with well-timed laughter; they slouch toward forgiveness, and they point their ears toward the Holy Ghost's last words.
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The Expense of a View

The Expense of a View

Previous Winners of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction Laura Kopchick, series editor Barbara Rodman, ... Katherine Dunn, Judge The Year of Perfect Happiness by Becky Adnot-Haynes Matt Bell, Judge Last Words of the Holy ...

Author: Polly Buckingham

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 9781574416473

Category: Fiction

Page: 182

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The stories in The Expense of a View explore the psyches of characters under extreme duress. In the title story, a woman who has moved across the country in an attempt to leave her past behind dumps an empty suitcase into the Columbia River over and over again. In another story, a woman who wakes up mornings only to discover she's been shooting heroin in a night trance, meets her doppelganger on a rainy Oregon beach. Most of the characters are displaced and disturbed; they suffer from dissociative disorders, denial, and delusions. The settings—Florida, eastern Washington, Seattle, and the Oregon coast—mirror their lunacies. While refusing to look at what’s right in front of themselves might destroy them, it’s equally likely to be just what they need.
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Orders of Protection

Orders of Protection

Previous Winners of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction J. Andrew Briseño, series editor Barbara Rodman, ... Judge Last Words of the Holy Ghost by Matt Cashion Lee K. Abbott, Judge The Expense of a View by Polly Buckingham ...

Author: Jenn Hollmeyer

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 9781574417852

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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In abuse situations, people can go to court for orders of protection. But in these twelve stories, people also seek protection from various demons in unusual ways — by impersonating famous musicians, cooking pet chickens, marching in parades, shooting at coyotes, calling lost dogs, and more. The characters don’t always find their way to safety or even survival, but somehow optimism prevails anyway. Set in Illinois, these subtly linked stories explore circumstances and emotions through details that stay with you far beyond the last page. “Orders of Protection floored me. The range of style, voice, and angles of approach had me checking over and over to confirm I was still reading the same magical book. However, these stories do more than sing their own unique songs. As I read, the myriad voices came together in a perfect harmony of pain, longing, fear, and, however strangely, comfort. It’s been a long time since I read a story collection with such excitement, so eager to see what each new installment would bring.” —Colin Winnette, author of The Job of the Wasp and Haints Stay, and judge
Categories: Fiction

Some People Let You Down

Some People Let You Down

Previous Winners of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction J. Andrew Briseño, series editor Barbara Rodman, ... Judge Last Words of the Holy Ghost by Matt Cashion Lee K. Abbott, Judge The Expense of a View by Polly Buckingham ...

Author: Mike Alberti

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 9781574418224

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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The nine stories in Mike Alberti’s debut collection shine a sharp light on small-town American life —not the Arcadian small towns of yesteryear, but the old mill towns hanging on after the mill has stopped running, the deserted agricultural communities in the middle of vast industrial farms, places where bad luck has become part of the weather. But even in these blighted, neglected landscapes, the possibility of renewal always presents itself: there is hope for these places and the characters who inhabit them. In these fresh, innovative stories, some people let you down, but some people don’t.
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Our Thirteenth Divorce

Our Thirteenth Divorce

"Is there room for love or friendship when Judith Owen allows her first husband--a jobless jokester of a salesman--to move into her coastal Georgia backyard "condo" thirty years after she divorced him?

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Katherine Anne Porter s Poetry

Katherine Anne Porter s Poetry

Katherine Anne Porter's Poetry makes available for the first time the complete poetic canon of one of America's most-celebrated writers.

Author: Katherine Anne Porter

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570030847

Category: Poetry

Page: 188

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From notes and letters found among Porter's papers, the editor of this book has recovered and edited 18 unpublished poems. She also includes a critical and biographical essay in which she explains the significance of the poems and looks at the the relationship between Porter's poems and fiction.
Categories: Poetry

We Moderns

We Moderns

Horrible Ghost , Holy Ghost - A Long Poem . 8vo , cloth . Norfolk , 1941 . 658c . ... 1.75 KATHERINE ANNE PORTER Once before , for an editor I did not like of a magazine I do not like , I wrote a short note about Katherine Anne Porter .

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ISBN: UCAL:B2823265

Category: American literature

Page: 88

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Circa 1100 entries of modern English, American, and foreign literature in translation interspersed with biographical and critical remarks; priced.
Categories: American literature

Let s Do

Let s Do

Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2004. In the nine stories of Let's Do, various calamities strike ordinary Midwesterners, who cope with a mixture of good intentions and ineptitude.

Author: Rebecca Meacham

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 9781574411850

Category: Fiction

Page: 181

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Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2004. In the nine stories of Let's Do, various calamities strike ordinary Midwesterners, who cope with a mixture of good intentions and ineptitude. Balancing humor with painful clarity, author Rebecca Meacham pulls readers into the lives of characters who struggle with--and more often against--change.
Categories: Fiction

Irish Girl

Irish Girl

You have to read closely so as not to miss significant clues in these tightly coiled stories by Katherine Anne Porter Prize-winner Johnston (Never So Green), who ventures deeply into the consciousness of Midwesterners to unearth old ...

Author: Tim Johnston

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 9781574412710

Category: Fiction

Page: 137

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You have to read closely so as not to miss significant clues in these tightly coiled stories by Katherine Anne Porter Prize-winner Johnston (Never So Green), who ventures deeply into the consciousness of Midwesterners to unearth old tensions and buried animosities. In Water, he balances a marvelously multilayered plot involving a widowed mother of now grown twin boys (one healthy, one not) who recognizes how her protectiveness of her sons--even if one commits a horrible crime--supersedes the ties she holds to her past. Dirt Men finds Buddy Jr., the son of a local excavating entrepreneur, returned home in disgrace from the Colorado college where he was teaching and trapped within the intersection of his past and his hubris when the dismembered body of a woman is found in an auto salvage lot. In Things Go Missing, Johnston enters the mind of a young woman burglar whose seemingly senseless thefts (such as her shrink's autographed Michael Jordan poster) allows her to connect finally with someone, despite the pain she inflicts. These beautifully rendered tales deliver an emotional wallop.
Categories: Fiction