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, Nov.1, 2017

Deirdra McAfee and BettyJoyce Nash, co-editors

Lock & Load includes short stories by these American masters: Annie Proulx, John Edgar Wideman, Rick DeMarinis, Pinckney Benedict, Jim Tomlinson, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, as well as fresh new voices.

Beautiful. Surprising. Provocative.

Kelly Cherry, author of Temporium: Before the Beginning to After the End: Fictions
Do you like guns? Do you hate guns? Are you indifferent to guns? No matter how you answer, you will love this brilliant anthology in which every story turns up a gun on the mantel—or under the pillow, or in the kitchen or the glove compartment. Anyway, somewhere! Among the wonderful contributors are Annie Proulx, John Edgar Wideman, Rick DeMarinis, Bonnie Jo Campbell, BettyJoyce Nash, Pinckney Benedict—and the other writers are every bit as good as those. Of the many anthologies I have read, Lock and Load is one of the very best. Something about a gun gives a story heft; indeed, because of that heft, even a humorous story reminds us of its essential seriousness. These stories are sad, sweet, hilarious, thoughtful, and satirical. Clearly, a loaded gun is inspirational. Let these stories inspire you.

Sheryl Monks, author of Monsters in Appalachia

I can think of no better way to continue the imperative conversation about guns in our culture than to call upon our finest writers to parse out the nuances of this complicated and divisive issue in a way that only great literature can. Whatever your stance on guns, this collection of carefully selected, masterful stories aims to broaden our perspectives. And that may well be what we need most in these troubling times.

Cully Perlman, author of The Losses

Whether we’re talking about cowboys, Portuguese gang members, returned veterans, or abandoned women, there’s always one more character on the page in Lock & Load: the gun.