Virginia Women Publish Gun Anthology
Sandy Hausman of NPR's WVTF interviews BettyJoyce and Deirdra

1970 total eclipse of the sun

Radio essay for WVTF

Short story

Laser Vision
Short story, shortlisted for the H.E. Francis Prize

In Transit
Short story

Lock & Load: Armed Fiction is out!
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.