The Seven Stages of Anger 
and Other Stories
by Wendy J. Fox

Winner of the 2014 Press 53
Award for Short Fiction

ISBN 978-1-941209-07-3
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 124 pages
"I loved every story in this collection by Elizabeth Gonzalez. With quiet authority, in prose of luminous clarity, she travels fluidly between the natural world and her characters' secret interiors. These science-inflected tales include octopus escape artists, 'reclamation specialists,' cracked geodes, and the intractable laws of physics. Out of a bedrock of fact, Gonzalez raises a lush set of questions about our mysterious species: why do we stay, when do we go, how do we build our selves and our homes?"

Karen Russell, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Swamplandia!
Twelve Women in a Country Called America: Stories 
by Kelly Cherry

ISBN 978-1-941209-19-6
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Bones of an Inland Sea
by Mary Akers

ISBN 978-1-935708-89-6
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Women Up On Blocks
by Mary Akers

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Brief Cases, Short Spans
by Tom Sheehan

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Stories from the Afterlife
by Quinn Dalton

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Three Versions of the Truth
by Amy Knox Brown

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 226 pages
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The Species Crown
by Curtis Smith

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 252 pages 
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by Doug Frelke

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 157 pages
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Epic Cures
by Tom Sheehan

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 330 pages
ISBN 0-9772283-2-0
Whiskey Nipple
by Doug Frelke

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 157 pages
ISBN 0-9772283-1-2
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In an Uncharted Country
by Clifford Garstang

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Bad Monkey
by Curtis Smith

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Parlous Angels
by Ed Southern

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 184 pages
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Are We Lucky Yet?
by Jane Bradley

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Miracle Boy and Other Stories
by Pinckney Benedict

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Strange Weather
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Rattlesnakes & The Moon
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Damn Sure Right
flash fiction by Meg Pokrass

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From the Crooked Timber
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ISBN 978-1-935708-47-6
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Welcome, Anybody
by Jen McConnell

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ISBN 978-1-935708-49-0
Elegant Punk
flash fiction & stories by Darlin' Neal

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Surrounded by Water
by Stefanie Freele

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 170 pages
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The Naming of Ghosts\
by Steve Mitchell

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ISBN 978-1-935708-56-8
Finding Grace
by Kurt Rheinheimer

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ISBN 978-1-935708-58-2
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“These thoughtful stories are told from one son’s perspective and they don’t so much begin and end as they come in with the light and exit at its end, all the while revealing. It is a consuming read as we become attached to each character and each day of their lives that we visit.
Dan Smith, author of Burning the Furniture
“Steve Mitchell's lyrical prose and beautifully crafted stories haunt the reader long after the final pages. His characters are so full and fascinating, and the urgency of their need to connect is so strong.  Poignant, inspiring, and compelling, The Naming of Ghosts is the finest collection of stories out there.” 

Frances Badgett, Fiction Editor at Contrary Magazine 
Stefanie Freele is a master of getting out of her own way. Her stories are notable for what they are not: not at all predictable, not heavy or light, not true, not false. They are joyful, harrowing, quirky and deeply honest like the music of your thoughts when your head is clear and ears unplugged.” 

Dan Coshnear, author of Jobs & Other Preoccupations
"High passion, silliness, cosmic shifts, and acute psychological insights are rendered up in Darlin’ Neal’s prose so seamlessly and intensely she makes it look easy. You won’t forget these characters, and there’s not a story here you won’t want to finish after you’ve read its first sentence.”
Laura Kasischke, author of The Raising: A Novel
“The characters in these stories stand absolutely still in the middle of their lives while the world spins around them, chaotically and often dangerously. There is an intensity of vision here—both riveting and haunting—that will remind you of Carver's stories, but the territory McConnell has staked out is unquestionably her own.” 
— Lewis Buzbee, author of TheYellow-Lighted Bookshop
“Okla Elliott explores lives of quiet desperation, and sometimes stolen consolations, beneath the crush of instant-access, celebrity-culture media. With broken families and fractured relationships of the kinds, Elliott lays bare an imagination such as his is one the culture would do well to hear.”

Jonathan Monroe, author of Demosthenes’ Legacy
“Forged with a poet's attention to cadence and rhythm, a storyteller's devotion to character, and tension that just keeps ratcheting up, Bastard Blue is finally a love story, between a young man and the place that made him, the southern culture that proves to be both a blessing and a curse.” 

Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness
“The  journeys of these lost characters overlap and echo back in ways that leave the reader both heartbroken and uplifted.” 

Jill McCorkle, author of Going Away Shoes
In an Uncharted Country showcases award-winning stories about ordinary men and women in and around Rugglesville, Virginia, as they struggle to find places and identities in their families and the community. They experience natural disasters, a sun-worshipping cult, Vietnam flashbacks, kidnapping, addiction, and loss.
“Pokrass' work knocks you out your chair. It's a knockdown—and she does this piece after piece. Her language blasts away. Pokrass always wows, always makes the reader feel uneasy—in a brilliant, almost cinematic way—story after story.”

Sam Rasnake, author of Inside a Broken Clock and founding editor of Blue Fifth Review
One Last Good Time, a wise and beautifully crafted collection of stories set in the fictional town of Breakneck Beach, New Jersey, is one of the sharpest, funniest, and most compassionate debuts you will ever have the good fortune to read. Without a doubt, Michael Kardos is a truly gifted writer and a vibrant new voice in American letters.”

Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff
“Ryan Stone understands the yearnings of people down on their luck, those longings and desires that his characters keep to themselves or tell few people, and he captures their struggles and hopes in prose that’s as incandescent as a floodlight on a dark night. These are compelling and compassionate and heartbreaking stories.” 

John McNally, author of After the Workshop
“These are amazing stories. They contain the exquisite beauty of poetry and the dense muscularity of a language that takes the reader to breathtaking heights. Pinckney Benedict presses us right against the variety of human experience in ways I've never seen before. There is not a story here that is not the real thing.” 

Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize winner for Olive Kitteridge
"With extraordinary wit and understanding and stunning emotional accuracy, not to mention an uncanny ability to track which way the wind blows, Becky Hagenston trains a weather eye on those most unstable of fronts—human beings in their dealings with each other. Smart work from a smart writer."

Janet Peery, author of What the Thunder Said
"A collection as gritty, sharp and luminous as a Walker Evans photograph. Darlin' Neal has found the passion and the poetry in lives that might at first glance seem ordinary. A really beautiful debut."

Kevin Canty, author of Everything: a Novel and Where the Money Went: Stories
“These stories travel the world to explore a terrain more mysterious and fulfilling than place—that of the human mind and heart. The finely crafted prose and acute observations in this collection left an indelible impression on me.” 

Lisa Borders, author of Cloud Cuckoo Land
“Jane Bradley is a natural storyteller. She often pulls her characters from the gutters, from unspeakable horrors, and in the end celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit ... Are We Lucky Yet? reminds me of Pollock's Knockemstiff. But, if you can believe it, Bradley has even darker stories to tell.” 

Masie Cochran, documentary Film-maker
“Ed Southern's stories are about hard work and hard times and what is required of a boy to become a man in such a place and time. Carefully written, with the best dialogue I've read in years, these terrific and utterly original stories are made to last—like a stone pathway or a brick wall.”

Lee Smith, author of On Agate Hill and The Last Girls
“These stories brim with the energy of crime fiction and the ambition of high literature. Each piece in this collection achieves sublimity: that ineffable moment when the unanticipatable become the inevitable. Wonderful alone and, in concert, magnificent.”  

Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories
These thirteen stories—edgy and alluring—inexorably peel back the layers of the women they portray. By turns, lyrical and haunting, plainspoken and frank, award-winning writer Mary Akers’ finely crafted debut collection WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS explores the price women pay when they allow the roles of wife, mother, daughter, or lover to define them.
These seventeen new tales of love cover a range of time and places, from the fields of France in World War II to mid-century small town New England. Here we see young love, mature love, love between families, and love between comrades in arms. Sheehan’s characters leap off the page. You feel as if you’ve known them forever. And you’ll want to come back and visit them time and time again. 
"Stories from the Afterlife is a raw, brave collection, punctuated with surprising moments of tenderness and hope. Dalton writes with the eye of an artist and the precision of a poet."

Valerie Ann Leff, author of Better Homes and Husbands
"Three Versions of the Truth plumbs universal truths of the human condition. Alive with closely observed, memorable characters in wise stories that are by turn funny and lyrical, Three Versions of the Truth is an important debut." 

Angela Davis-Gardner, author of Plum Wine
“Curtis Smith’s characters walk a thin line separating light and darkness, and when they stumble—as they invariably do—they fall into the dark side, into a world of hurt and crime—or worse. How easily his characters step into the shoes of killers, how perfectly they wear the skin of Godzilla. These are not tales to calm our jackrabbity hearts.” 

Jim Clark, Editor, The Greensboro Review
Doug Frelke deserves every award he's won, and more. The rhythm of his work varies from story to story. Some are disturbing as an irregular heartbeat in the night, others potent, pleasing, or haunting.  Still others crackle with a shattering intensity that raises goose bumps. With Croatan, Frelke has hit his stride and joined my list of top ten favorite writers.

Midwest Book Review by Laurel Johnson
"Tom Sheehan dissects the life of everyman, for in peace and war and all the trauma and joy in between, he has known everyman. He masters the details of memory, in sight, sound, smell and feel, so that memory becomes memorable."

Alan LupoThe Boston Globe
Doug Frelke's prose is not sparse but rather whittled precisely to reveal frayed nerve endings, shattered synapses, and raw imperfections in his characters. His voice as storyteller alternately stuns, soothes and shocks. Let this writer lead you into his surprising shadow world. 

Midwest Book Review by Laurel Johnson
2012 PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention

Novello Festival Book Award Fnialist
2010 Independent Publishers Book Awards Gold Medal: Best Fiction--Mid-Atlantic Region
2010 Independent Publishers Book Awards Gold Medal: Best Short Story Collection
Out Across the Nowhere
by Amy Willoughby-Burle

ISBN 978-1-935708-60-5
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 110 pages
“These stories are magic: luminous evocations of the sorrow and joy and mystery of everyday life. Poignant, heartfelt, and gorgeously written, Out Across the Nowhere introduces Amy Willoughby-Burle as a striking new voice. A beautiful debut."

Luke Whisnant, author of Watching TV with the Red Chinese
What the Zhang Boys Know
by Clifford Garstang

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 218 pages
ISBN 978-1-93578-16-2

“ In prose that is measured and confident, he carefully works to show us how these characters' grief and loneliness becomes unified by their collective setting to transform into something utterly beautiful and unforgettable. What a world Garstang has built for us, and how grateful I was to discover it."

Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang 
Walk Back from Monkey School
by Kate Hill Cantrill

ISBN 978-1-935708-63-6
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 170 pages
“This debut collection is a constant surprise. There are tender, lyrical stories about longing and dogs and sick mothers and disoriented geese, and short pieces with jagged edges and daring rhythms about leaves and leaving, about father who swim laps in the ocean, and everywhere, all day, children who notice.”

Pia Z. Ehrhardt, author of Famous Fathers and Other Stories
In a World of Small Truths
by Ray Morrison

ISBN 978-1-935708-67-4
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 170 pages
Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6
by Susan Jackson Rodgers

ISBN 978-1-935708-65-0
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 180 pages
The Waterhouse, by Jubal Tiner

ISBN 978-1-935708-68-1
9 x 6 paperback, 190 pages
Beasts and Men, by Curtis Smith

ISBN 978-1-935708-75-9
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 160 pages
In the Middle of Many Mountains
by Nahal Suzanne Jamir

ISBN 978-1-935708-79-7
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 201 pages
“Nahal Suzanne Jamir is a startling writer. Her work defies simple categorization, and I find myself a little breathless sometimes, story to story, page to page, line to line. This is a wonderful, boldly experimental debut by a unique new voice. Here is a brilliant mind at work. Make way!”

 Julianna Baggott, author of the Pure trilogy
“In stories both simple and profound, quiet, yet courageous, and always breathtaking, Curtis Smith’s Beasts and Men showcases the power, the assured voice, and the essential compassion of a writer at the top of his game. A collection of uncommon range and depth. I recommend it wholeheartedly.” 

Kathy Fish, author of Together We Can Bury It and Wild Life
“In The Waterhouse, Jubal Tiner traces the intersecting fate of three boyhood friends as they navigate the world of masculinity and its discontents. These are stories bristling with a fierce wisdom, masterfully written, and emotionally fearless. Tiner is a writer to watch.” 

Steve Almond, author of God Bless America and My Life in Heavy Metal
“In these stories—hilarious, tragic, full of sorrow, whimsy, love, despair, hope, and beauty—Susan Jackson Rodgers examines the ordinary to extraordinary effect; brings us to the precipice of disaster again and again; then flips our expectations in ways authentic and entirely unpredictable, exposing our mortal wounds, big, small, terrifying, true.”

Dinah Lenney, author of Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir
“With a flinty glare and a fine ear for language, these stories give us the 'wahoo!' great fiction always provides, and never lets up. Morrison's subjects range from dogs to divorce and even to a uterus in a jar. These are stories you won't soon forget.” 

Rusty Barnes, author of Mostly Redneck and co-founder of Night Train
A Hero for the People:
Stories of the Brazilian Backlands
by Arthur Powers

ISBN 978-1-935708-83-4
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 190 pages
"This is a remarkable collection. The Brazil that Arthur Powers brings to life in these stories is a testing ground for the human heart, an alarmingly real place where the extremes of poverty and opulence, iniquity and justice, hate and love, bring his characters—and readers—face to face with life." 

Bernardo Aparicio García, Publisher, Dappled Things

New & Selected Stories 
by David Jauss

ISBN 978-1-935708-84-1
9 x 6 paperback, 252 pages
A Fingerprint Repeated
by Jeffrey Condran

ISBN 978-1-935708-86-5
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 174 pages

“Jeffrey Condran finds the strange in our everyday world the way a pig noses truffles from the earth right under our feet. Measured, brave, sometimes soiled, always full of heart, each of these stories has the feel of some wondrous treasure being offered.” 

William Lychack, author of The Architect of Flowers
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Blood a Cold Blue
by James Claffey

ISBN 978-1-935708-91-9
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 174 pages

“Claffey is a collector of moments that throb to life, shapes appear out of the mist of memory as irreducible as the mystery of existence itself. Blood a Cold Blue is fueled by a masterful writer; powerful, unforgettable and mesmerizing.”

Meg Tuite, author of Bound By Blue
What Happened Here
by Bonnie ZoBell

ISBN 978-1-941209-00-4
9 x 6 paperback, 192 pages
In the Season of Blood and Gold
by Taylor Brown

ISBN 978-1-941209-04-2
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 175 pages
One Hundred 100-Word Stories
by Grant Faulkner

ISBN 978-1-941209-20-2
8 x 5.25 paperback, 122 pages

Winner of the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction
and the Indiana Emerging Authors Award
A seen on Portlandia.
Baby's on Fire 
by Liz Prato

​ISBN 978-1-941209-15-8
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 144 pages
The Universal Physics of Escape
by Elizabeth Gonzalez

Winner of the 2015 Press 53
Award for Short Fiction

​ISBN 978-1-941209-31-8
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 151 pages
and Other Stories
by Gerry Wilson

ISBN 978-1-941209-29-5
8.5 x 5.5. paperback, 176 pages
Hard Toward Home
by C.D. Albin

ISBN 978-1-941209-34-9
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 156 pages
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"Hard Toward Home is alive with cross-grained people caught between their pasts and futures and striving to outlast the harm they've done each other and themselves. Albin possesses all the storyteller's gifts of eye and ear and mind and goes them one better by virtue of his heart. These stories are deep and wise and quietly gorgeous."

Janet Peery, author of The River Beyond the World
Gerry Wilson's stories are about the essential tugs between desires: for safety or risk; for adventure or comfort; for sanctioned action or the indubitably un. Her characters are in mortal combat, most often with themselves. This is a very exciting and compelling collection of stories; I loved reading it.

Antonya Nelson, author of Funny Once: Stories
“In her terrific debut, Baby’s on Fire, Liz Prato pulls off the ultimate balancing act: the stories are at once beautifully written and tremendously compelling—not to mention filled with characters so full of life that they feel as real as people we know. A knockout collection.” 

Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans
"Grant Faulkner’s sharply observed, darkly funny, heart-breaking bursts of highly compressed prose offers a startling view of what reality might look like through a funhouse microscope. Fissures pushes the boundaries of flash prose, and thank goodness for that. Sometimes less is so much more."

Dinty W. Moore, author of Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals
Kelly Cherry’s tenth work of fiction delivers twelve compelling stories about women of the American South. These are women struggling to find their way through the everyday workings of life while also navigating the maze of self. From a young woman’s nightmare piano lesson to an elderly woman’s luminous last breath, Twelve Women in a Country Called America takes readers on a journey sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always enlightening.
​"In clear, lucid prose, What Happened Here evokes a haunting sense of place—calling up a California you don't often read about, with Californians you don't often meet." 

Lionel Shriver, author of Big Brother: A Novel
"Wendy J. Fox's prose is strong and fragile at the same time. As she explores in these stories the hairline fractures in our relationships with life, ourselves and each other, you can't help but hold your breath for the big break you know is coming. The eggshells of everything? Fox owns the category."

Anastasia Ashman, editor of Tales from the Expat Harem
"Almost all Taylor Brown’s stories are family dramas, stories of blood and kinship, betrayal, and conflicted loyalties. Set sometimes in the past, other times in the present or future, and told with verve in a fresh and memorable voice, these stories reward the reader with surprise, authenticity, and the mystery of human connection."

Robert Morgan, author of The Road from Gap Creek
“In Mary Akers’ stories, as complexly intertwined as the branches of a coral reef, her passionate characters engage both each other and a richly detailed, vital physical world. An impressive achievement.”

Andrea Barrett, National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever
Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories celebrates more than 30 years of writing, awards, and honors by David Jauss, whose short stories have been reprinted in such anthologies as Best American Short StoriesThe O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories, and, twice in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, as well as in The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize.
They Could Live with Themselves dazzles twice: first, as a collection of subtle and engaging short stories that stand on their own, and second, as a sustained narrative. The intriguing characters of the fictional town of Stark Run appear and reappear until, by book’s end, the reader sees the broader picture of Jodi Paloni’s expert weaving. Throughout, her prose pops with humor and insight as it tracks the eternal tug between giving to others and giving to oneself. This is a stunning debut.

Philip Graham, author of  Interior Design
They Could Live with Themselves
Linked stories by Jodi Paloni

ISBN 978-1-941209-38-7
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 204 pages

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Jimtown Road
by Dennis McFadden

Winner of the 2016 Press 53
Award for Short Fiction

ISBN 978-1-941209-43-1
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 220 pages

Publication date: October 1
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Judge's comment: “These interestingly linked stories are fresh, gritty, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. We’ve published linked story collections in the past, but Dennis’ approach was unique. When I finished one story, I found myself looking forward to the next one, wondering who I was about to meet and how the story would tie in with the others. And the last story brought the entire collection full-circle, right back to the beginning with a very strange twist.”
—Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher, Press 53
Piranhas & Quicksand & Love
by Sally Shivnan

ISBN 978-1-941209-42-4
8.5 x 5.5 paperback
204 pages
“The fourteen stories in Piranhas & Quicksand & Love are clear and profound . . . . Read this book to savor its beautiful language, to drink in its gentle defiance. Piranhas & Quicksand & Love calls readers to ride the waves of a sea besieged by predatory behavior and natural disaster. To sail on, nevertheless, toward love.”

The Washington Independent Review of Books