Zombie Masses Yearning to Break Free While Outside A Distant Window, A Single Deer Reminds Us of Lost Youth: How to Escape the Natural Minimalist Literary Short Story, Part 1

Wayward Writers

Hey writers, Waywards is currently in Minneapolis soaking up inspiration and craft at AWP. If you’re here too, come say hi! Luke
will be reading with The Tusk. Guest teacher Juliana Delgado Lopera will be reading with The Tusk and with Weird Sister. I will be reading with Gigantic Sequins and occasionally manning – forgive me – cephalopoding the Fourteen Hills booth. We’d love to see you. And now, onto the regular programming.

Do me a favor, would you? Please say this phrase out loud: The Literary Short Story. What are the first five things that come to mind? For me, the phrase conjures the following:

  1. An old man sits in a house. He has many memories. His son doesn’t call anymore. Later, he opens the window and sees a deer. The sun sets.
  2. In an Edward Hopper bar, two men sit. One of them stares off into the distance and…

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