Reading short stories

May is Short Story Month

Dan Wickett’s Emerging Writers Network reminded me that this is Short Story Month. Therefore, it’s time to point you to Charles May’s wonderful blog, Reading the Short Story. All three sites will be fun detours this month as they attract attention to the new, the prizewinning, and the overlooked.

One of my favorite story authors is H.C. Hsu, whose short works are evocative and disconcerting. This brief excerpt is taken from the story “What Else” in Love is Sweeter:

The teenager turned her head to Renee, slipped the earphones off, tossed her hair to the side, and looked at her. A pair of big, clear, moss green eyes, ponds of which one could see straight through to the bottom.

“Could you watch my bag for a second?” Renee asked, getting up to set her bag on the chair.


It was a soft voice. Supple, like down, delicate, feminine. But it was definitely a male voice.

Renee couldn’t help catching another glimpse of the face from which the voice stemmed, a stalk of dandelion, words blown into the wind. It was a very elegant face. Long, white like a pumpkin seed, thin pale pink lips. Green eyes, hair the color of a wildfire in an autumn forest—striking, was the word that came to mind.

Detroit lit: online, print, and audio

Detroit’s literary community has been enjoying national attention recently. These publications, which feature creative writing, are based in the city and its suburbs. I included the suburban cities, because it seemed there ought to be more literary magazines in the Motor City. What did I miss? In a year or two, will this list be twice as long?

3rd Wednesday

Bête Noire (in Utica)

Cruel Garters (in Bloomfield Hills)

Fifth Estate (in Ferndale)

Fogged Clarity

The Ibis Head Review

The MacGuffin (in Livonia)

Marvels & Tales, Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies

The Periphery

Radio Campfire (creative audio)

Sammiches and Psych Meds

[SIC] Student Arts Journal

The Strand Magazine (in Birmingham)

Stupor (in Hamtramck)

undr_scr review

Wayne Literary Review

White Cat Publications’ various magazines (in Livonia)

A few more insights

Amy Sacka Photography

Literary Detroit

The Literary Map of Detroit sponsored by the Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies and the Department of English and Modern Languages

Detroit Public Library
Detail of the entrance to the Detroit Public Library