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The Stars at Night, A 25th Birthday Celebration

Join us on the night of Thursday, November 3rd for the first annual beer-and-boots gala celebrating ASF, our Texas heritage, and our city’s writers and those who champion them. Come for the country songs and dancing, and stay for the free cocktails, light snacks, and the bright view of the city skyline. This year we are thrilled to recognize two literary “stars”: former Michener fellow Karan Mahajan for his novel The Association of Small Bombs, and University of Texas professor and writer Deb Olin Unferth for admirable civic contributions, in particular for her work with writers who are incarcerated in the Texas prison system. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 3rd. More info after the jump. […]

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The Stars at Night, A 25th Birthday Celebration

Join us on the night of Thursday, November 3rd for the first annual beer-and-boots gala celebrating ASF, our Texas heritage, and our city’s writers and those who champion them. Come for the country songs and dancing, and stay for the free cocktails, light snacks, and the bright view of the city skyline. This year we are thrilled to recognize two literary “stars”: former Michener fellow Karan Mahajan for his novel The Association of Small Bombs, and University of Texas professor and writer Deb Olin Unferth for admirable civic contributions, in particular for her work with writers who are incarcerated in the Texas prison system. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 3rd. More info after the jump. […]

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Web Exclusive Interview: Bryan Washington

In September’s web exclusive story, “Lockwood,” a young boy gets a new neighbor, with whom he shares a brief friendship. The story’s brilliance is in how clearly it manifests in the mind, as if  happened to you. And in many ways, it has—each of us has experienced a similar convergence of moment, setting, and person […]

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Things American: Treatment vs. Healing

1. The nurse woke me at four-thirty in the morning to take my blood. Someone else had taken it less than six hours before, in the emergency room, but pointing that out seemed disrespectful because he was a nurse with years of schooling behind him, and I was just another suicidal senior in high school. […]

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Web Exclusive Interview: Heather Wells Peterson

In our August web exclusive story, “Gorman, CA,” a couple’s car runs out of fuel on the side of the road in a land that is foreign to them both. Heather Wells Peterson indicates lack throughout the landscape and the action as a skilled painter would, in the wilt of the odometer’s needle, in the drought-stricken hills, in the protagonist’s silence. It’s one of those subtle revelations that’s so sublime in short fiction […]

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Web Exclusive Interview: Rose Gowen

July’s web exclusive story, “The Sun and the Pacific, Flowers,” is both a beautiful meditation on the passage of time and a careful, close look at a young person’s anxiety that she’s not doing or being quite enough. Writer Rose Gowen’s images and sensory details are stunning; the story is brimming over with oleander and hibiscus, rosemary, agave, palms, and citrus trees. The smells and sounds of the Santa Barbara coast […]

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