In the near future, here at the EWN, there will be a detailed discussion of each of the stories from Dana Johnson's most recent collection, In the Not Quite Dark (Counterpoint, 2016). The conversation will be held between Julia Brown, Tony Ardizzone, and myself. With this we hope to garner some more attention for this fantastic collection, as well as get to really dig into both individual stories and the collection of them, and by bouncing our ideas off of each other, maybe come to some thoughts and conclusions we otherwise might not have.
Julia Brown earned her MFA from the University of Houston, where she was a Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. She is a Kimbilio and VONA Fellow whose work has appeared in Gulf Coast and Mosaic Magazine. She lives in Houston, Texas. You can find her on Twitter: @juliabrown.
Tony Ardizzone was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago and is the author of eight books of fiction. His most recent work includes the novel The Whale Chaser, recently released in paperback by Chicago Review Press, and an interconnected story collection set in Rome, By the Fountain of the Four Rivers.
He has also written the novel In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu, the interconnected collection Larabi's Ox: Stories of Morocco, and edited the anthology The Habit of Art: Best Stories from the Indiana University Fiction Workshop. A paperback edition of his 1986 book of short stories, The Evening News, was released in Spring 2013 by the University of Georgia Press as part of its celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Flannery O'Connor Award competition.
And if you don't know Dan Wickett, I have no idea how you stumbled over here in the first place.