Posted By Steven - 1st June 2012
Every year May sees the small press corner of the internet flooded with short story recommendations and analyses. Writers, blogs, and journals all celebrate literature in its short form by sharing some real gems. No one takes this month by the horns the way Dan Wickett does over at the Emerging Writers Network, of course. But collectively, I think everyone else comes close. At the beginning of every June I find myself wishing Monkeybicycle had done more to participate, since short stories are our wheelhouse. May starts out with such ambition! But a small staff and many day jobs makes it tough to keep up. This year we did a bunch of posts on the last day of the month, which is decent for us, where we flooded Facebook and Twitter with selections all day long. But because social media is so scattered and because Twitter especially can become so flooded that things slip by unnoticed (By the way, if you’re not following us on Twitter, I really hope you will by clicking here), I’m going to list all of our selections in one place below. And then I’ll list a few links to sites that participated as well, so you don’t have to spend so much time searching, and can, instead, spend your time reading, which is what Short Story Month is all about.
Our picks during Short Story Month 2012:
Rabbit Starvation, Emily Anderson
Concern, Elizabeth Ellen
The Genius Meetings, Elizabeth Crane
Stop Thinking You Own the Forest, Matthew Salesses
Souls Belated, Edith Wharton
Superstition, Paula Bomer
Other places participating:
- WATCH & LISTEN: Parker Posey Reads Jason Napoli Brooks’ “Women…
Last week, director/actor/writer John Cameron Mitchell brought his Mattachine dance party to the Julius Bar in the West Village here in New York, and there was a special treat for literary fans. Actress Parker Posey performed “Women at the End of the World, Act I,” a fantastic monologue written by friend of Monkeybicycle and co-curator of one of our favorite reading series around NYC, The Enclave, Jason Napoli Brooks. If you weren’t lucky enough to attend, now the entire reading is now on YouTube, followed by a short interview with Jason. Check it out below!
- AWP 2013 Dispatch: I Miss You Already
When we woke up this morning, it was already over. In line for coffee, we said a few pre-emptive goodbyes—“In case I don’t see you!” We made sure to stop by the bookfair to schmooze and snag free copies while we still could. Our Saturday panels told us to move on, move forward, move up.
- AWP 2013 Dispatch: Battening Down the Hatches
Want to survive AWP with your sanity intact? Take a little time for yourself—no panels, no bookfair, no small talk, no pressure.
. . . Especially if you danced right on past your bedtime the night before with a bunch of other gangly nerds. (At VIDA prom, the geeks are the cool kids! Bookish teenagers, take note: It gets better. It gets so much better.) I spent much of this morning cursing Daisy Buchanan’s too-cheap rum punch, munching a cold egg sandwich from the hotel Au Bon Pain.