“A bold collection.... Mr. Horton picked well; these stories so assuredly conjure the Southwest the authors' pens might as well have been dipped in cactus juice, tobacco spit or tequila. The traditions of American Indians, Tejanos, even the occasional Yankee transplant are documented with a tempered mix of reverence and impudence.”
Dallas Morning News
“As varied and bold as the colorful landscape of the American Southwest.... New Stories from the Southwest is an amazing collection. Grade: A”
“D. Seth Horton’s excellent New Stories From the Southwest is a satisfying departure from the usual in that all 19 of its authors have something to say about how their stories came about.... In this collection, emerging voices tell the tales. They are stories of the Southwest but not necessarily by authors who live here.”
“At a time when fiction itself seems fragile, these are the kinds of voices that could help keep the spark of literary fiction glowing outside the academy as well. We look forward to more of them in the nextversion of New Stories from the Southwest.”
The beauty and barrenness of the southwestern landscape naturally
lends itself to the art of storytellers. It is a land of heat and dryness, a
land of spirits, a land that is misunderstood by those living along the
New Stories from the Southwest presents nineteen short stories that appeared in North American periodicals between January and December 2006. Though many of these stories vary by aesthetics, tone, voice, and almost any other craft category one might wish to use, they are nevertheless bound together by at least one factor, which is that the landscape of the region plays a key role in their narratives. They each evoke and explore what it means to exist in this unique corner of the country.
Selected by editor D. Seth Horton, the former fiction editor for the Sonora Review, from a wide cross-section of journals and magazines, and with a foreword by noted writer Ray Gonzalez, New Stories from the Southwest presents a generous sampling of the best of contemporary fiction situated in this often overlooked area of the country. Swallow Press is particularly pleased to publish this wide-ranging collection of stories from both new and established writers.
Contributors to New Stories from the Southwest are:
- Alan Cheuse
- Matt Clark
- Lorien Crow
- Kathleen De Azvedo
- Alan Elyshevitz
- Marcela Fuentes
- Dennis Fulgoni
- Ray Gonzalez
- Anna Green
- Donald Lucio Hurd
- Toni Jensen
- Charles Kemnitz
- Elmo Lum
- Tom McWhorter
- S. G. Miller
- Peter Rock
- Alicita Rodriguez
- John Tait
- Patrick Tobin
- Valery Varble
D. Seth Horton was born in San Diego and graduated from the University of Arizona with an MFA in creative writing. A former fiction editor for the Sonora Review, he currently lives in Tucson with his wife.
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One-Smoke Stories is a collection of folk tales from Native American, Spanish Colonial, mestizo, and European American peoples of the Southwest retold in the enthralling words of one of the bestselling writers of her day, Mary Austin. One-Smoke Stories introduces us to a multicultural treasury of character types: lovers, hunters, bandits, shepherds, miners, ranchers, homesteaders, missionaries, government offcials, and supernatural beings.
Over the course of his life, Frank Waters amassed a body of work that has few equals in the literature of the American West. Because his was a writing that touched every facet of the Western experience, his voice still echoes throughout that region's literary world. Swallow Press is especially proud to present this generous sampling of Frank Waters's writings. A Frank Waters Reader encompasses the full range of his work and draws from both his nonfiction and his many novels.
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.