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Future of Fiction - Tia Clark, Barrett Swanson, Rachel Swearingen, Brandon Taylor - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2019 - 1:30pm</span>

Future of Fiction

10/20/2019 - 1:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Presented in partnership with American Short Fiction, we are thrilled to present this exciting peek into some of the most dazzling and formidable new voices on the literary horizon. American Short Fiction authors Tia Clark, Barrett Swanson, Rachel Swearingen, and Brandon Taylor will read from their work and join editor Adeena Reitberger to discuss what makes a story powerful, innovative, and incisive. American Short Fiction is a triannual print magazine based in Austin, Texas and is the 2019 winner of a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize.

Tia Clark

About Presenter Tia Clark


Tia Clark's fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, The Offing, and elsewhere. They have received fellowships and support from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Lambda Literary Foundation, and The Elizabeth George Foundation. The 2017-18 Carol Houck Smith fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, they live in New Orleans.

Barrett Swanson

About Presenter Barrett Swanson


Barrett Swanson's essays have appeared in Harper'sThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewThe BelieverThe New York Times Magazine, and The Atavist, among other publications. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and has been anthologized two editions of The Best American Travel Writing. He was the Halls Emerging Artist Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and he and his wife live in Madison, Wisconsin.


Lost in Summerland

Rachel Swearingen

About Presenter Rachel Swearingen


Rachel Swearingen is the author of How to Walk on Water and Other Stories, winner of the 2018 New American Press Fiction Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in VICEThe Missouri Review, Kenyon ReviewOff AssignmentAgniAmerican Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2015 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, a 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and the 2011 Mississippi Review Prize in Fiction. In 2019, she was named one of 30 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a PhD from Western Michigan University, and teaches at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.


How to Walk on Water and Other Stories

Brandon Taylor

About Presenter Brandon Taylor


Brandon Taylor is the senior editor of Electric Literature's Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Literary Hub. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop..


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