5 short stories

Published: Short Stories: Characters in Politics (PopMatters)

My September column is up at PopMatters. Stories by: Roxane Gay (JFK); Jeff VanderMeer (Jeb Bush); Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Melania Trump); George Saunders (Abraham Lincoln); Curtis Sittenfeld (Hillary Clinton.) These fictional works about the personal lives of American politicians' (and a spouse, in one case) are well-crafted and show us unusual but highly believable aspects of their personalities. Also, there's an introductory section about why political fiction (in books, on screen, on stage) matters.

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5 short stories

Published: Short Stories: Women in Translation (PopMatters)

August is #womenintranslation month. The reason this online movement began a few years ago is the relatively smaller number of women writers getting translated across languages compared to men writers. There is a little bit of history in the first bit of the article. So my short stories column at PopMatters this month has five stories by award-winning women writers from across the world, translated by women translators. All are free to read online. Enjoy.

5 short stories

Published: Short Stories: Refugees (PopMatters)

My July column of short stories is up at PopMatters. This month's theme is 'refugees'. Each of these stories (all free to read online) shows a different side to the life of a refugee: despair and heartbreak, but also joy and love. Stories by these award-winning writers: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Guadalupe Nettel, Bernard Malamud, Choi Jin-young, and Mohsin Hamid. As usual, I also point out a couple of writerly things about each story from a craft perspective.