A Swallow Press Book

New Stories from the Midwest

Edited by Jason Lee Brown and Jay Prefontaine

“This collection of nineteen writers illustrates less a sense of the Midwest than daring developments of plot and character, which illustrate contemporary realities…. Mostly the masterly writing stands out…. (T)his whole collection is outstanding and showcases some of the talent coming from the Midwest.“


“I wonder why The New Yorker isn't finding more stories like these, putting them in their obligatory fiction section there just before the dance and movie and TV reviews.”

The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and the Humanities

“Because the editors have taken the high ground of admitting (almost!) only the best recent work by writers with Midwest ties, we can readily affirm this volume’s high quality. It includes wonderful stories of high merit.”


“The nineteen writers in this anthology have … spoken for their distinct groups — their submerged populations — in stories that will delight you with their artistry, challenge you with their circumstances, entertain you with their charms, and above all, give you a sense of how complicated, flawed, ugly, and exquisite we all can be.”

From the introduction by Lee Martin

New Stories from the Midwest presents a collection of stories that celebrate an American region too often ignored in discussions about distinctive regional literature. The editors solicited nominations from more than three hundred magazines, literary journals, and small presses, and narrowed the selection to nineteen authors comprising prize winners and new and established authors.

The stories, written by midwestern writers or focusing on the Midwest, demonstrate how the quality of fiction from and about the heart of the country rivals that of any other region.

The anthology includes an introduction from Lee Martin and short fiction by emerging and established writers such as Rosellen Brown, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Christie Hodgen, Gregory Blake Smith, and Benjamin Percy.

Jason Lee Brown teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University and is a contributing editor to River Styx. He has received awards from the Illinois Arts Council, Academy of American Poets, and Illinois Press Association.

Jay Prefontaine taught writing at Eastern Illinois University for fourteen years, and his fiction received several awards, including the Writers at Work Fellowship. He died shortly after the completion of New Stories from the Midwest.

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Retail price: $28.95, S.
Release date: Mar. 2011
312 pages · 6 × 8½ in.
Rights: World


Release date: Mar. 2011
≅ 312 pages
Rights: World

Additional Praise for New Stories from the Midwest

“As this fresh anthology proves, there's a mix of writers and sensibilities that inhabit the literary Midwest as to make the term unpredictable.”

Stuart Dybek, MacArthur Fellow and author of The Coast of Chicago