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a novel by
Alison Wellford

"one of the
sleekest, bravest,
and most explosive
first novels
I've read in years
- Lauren Groff

Prose Directory

edited by
J. Ryan Stradal

"Trying to capture
California in one book
is like attempting to
catch a hurricane
in a shot glass."

Recently in the media
Indolence at Publishers Weekly

An "accomplished debut. . . The novel's appropriately languid tone and expressive descriptions, particularly of the natural world, offers an impressionistic portrait not only of Maria's surroundings but also of her state of mind. Maria's voice not only carries readers through these pages, but will stick with them afterward."

"a story as passionate and elemental as a Greek myth in breathless, painterly prose"
The Wes Letters at The Lit Pub and Entropy

"a captivating venture into the minds of three personalities who seem to invest their entire selves into a relationship with a man they've never met. . . each exchange contains subtly substantial details about what makes these writers tick, as well as how quickly fandom can escalate from mere esteem to pitiful fantasy. . . I find The Wes Letters to be an extremely involving, profound, and generally brilliant character study."

A Moody Fellow at Paste, Heavy Feather, Tin House,
Publishers Weekly, American Microreviews, 3G1B,
New Pages, Necessary Fiction, and more

"his sentences swoop, dip and dive"
"as captivating as it is graceful"
"calls to mind the best of Vonnegut"
"the funniset book I've read in a long time"
"a brisk, clever take on the coming-of-age debut novel"

. The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart
at Emily Books, The Brooklyn Rail, and The New School

"We loved how this book revels in gossipy detail about the queer art and performance scene in 80s and 90s NYC. . ."
Commercial Fiction at Heavy Feather,
Necessary Fiction, and Largehearted Boy

"a tremendous book that deftly weds psychological complexity behind a TV spot to the artificially sweet narrative of commercial fiction"
Understudies and Ravi at Heavy Feather, Necessary Fiction, Wigleaf 50, The Collagist, Other People, The Nervous Breakdown, Word Riot, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, 3G1B, Fanzine, and 3AM

"a little slice of genius". . . "a deadpan, sharply-observed novel" that tunes into "a contemporary world fixated on simulation and celebrity"
. Colin Fleming at NPR, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic,
Sports Illustrated, and more

Recent writing by Colin at NPR, The Boston Globe, The Atlatnic, Sports Illustrated, The New Criterion, Jazz Times, and The Weekly Standard.

"Colin Fleming's collection is pithy and witty, and manages to walk an interesting line between absurd existentialism, surrealist fantasy, and magical realism. . ."
Eric Barnes at North American Review, The Millions, Memphis Daily News, and WYPL's Book Talk.

"a remarkable book. Barnes effectively builds the tension of the story with his elliptical structure, and his prose is beautiful."

Tom Molanphy at Longreads
"There are all kinds of awful things I could consider. Hand-me-downs don't seem like the worst option. . ." Read the final essay in Tom's collection Loud Memories of a Quiet Life at Longreads. And at We Wanted To Be Writers, Tom reveals what books and other paraphenalia he keeps on his bedstand.
National Treasures at The Rumpus, Fanzine
and The Quivering Pen

"one of those rare achievements when literature bears witness to that which would otherwise remain unacknowledged, not because it does not exist, but because we are afraid or somehow unable to speak of it"
. Nights I Dreamed. . . at Santa Fe Writers Project, The Rumpus, and Corduroy Books

Runner-up at the Santa Fe Writers Project 2013 awards.

"The moments of disassociation that run through this deeply felt collection seem particularly contemporary because they bring to mind the self-consciousness and spectatorship that defines so much of modern American life."

"Keeper of the Flame"
Matthew Vollmer in Best American Essays 2013

Recently released: The Best American Essays 2013, which includes "Keeper of the Flame" by Matthew Vollmer, originally in the NER. Matthew's inscriptions has earned praise far and wide. A full list is here, including Matthew Daddona at The Brooklyn Rail

Recent titles

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Five Months
Ten Years
Two Hours,
a memoir by
Lisa Reisman

Like A Song
essays by
Michelle Herman

A Book of
Uncommon Prayer
edited by
Matthew Vollmer

Becoming Westerly
by Jamie Brisick

Tyler's Last
a novel by
David Winner

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