Selected Works

Lock & Load: Armed Fiction explores guns as objects and metaphors in contemporary literary fiction
Broad River Review, honorable mention, Ron Rash prize
NDQ (North Dakota Quarterly)
Winner, Cville fiction prize
Museums strive for financial stability
Two Richmond, Va., Civil War museums merge.
Anthology of American Writing on Guns
The University of New Mexico Press, fall 2017: Lock & Load hits the mark.

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Lock & Load: Armed Fiction

About Lock & Load

Great Stories by Great American Writers on a Great American Subject with BettyJoyce Nash and Deirdra McAfee
After I wrote and published a story in which a gun shockingly but usefully appeared, Deirdra McAfee and I conceived the idea of an anthology of short stories that used guns as objects and metaphors.

We solicited stories from such masters of American fiction as Annie Proulx, Bonnie Jo Campbell, John Edgar Wideman, Pinckney Benedict, Rick DeMarinis, and Jim Tomlinson, and from new voices across the country.

We pitched the idea, found a publisher—the distinguished University of New Mexico Press—secured the rights, saw the manuscript through the editorial process, and are now introducing Lock and Load: Armed Fiction.

Lock & Load is unique and groundbreaking. Most anthologies in which guns appear concern hunting and war; we built Lock & Load around the firearm itself. In those anthologies, men fired the guns, and men, mostly dead men, wrote the stories. Women gave birth to Lock & Load and women wrote more than half of its stories.

Lock & Load takes no political stance.
Lock & Load's pub date, sadly, coincided with the Las Vegas shootings. And now, Texas. Such events have punctuated the four years we've worked on Lock & Load—the book took shape soon after the shootings at Aurora in 2012; as we continued, Newtown, San Bernardino, Charleston, and Orlando also became targets.

Yet serious public conversations about guns’ value, and danger, to Americans have been rare. Our work publicizing the anthology is difficult and delicate but urgent. Please spend time in the worlds these stories create.

Lock & Load: Armed Fiction