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Comments Kirstin Allio
2010 PEN/O. Henry Award-winning Author

It's a great honor to be aligned with such wonderful writers—and the Old Master himself. Thank you, PEN/O. Henry people, for finding this piece, and for extending the life of the short story.

(author photo © Michael Allio)


About the Author

Kirstin Allio was born in Maine in 1974. Her novel, Garner, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction. She also received the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" Award. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of publications. She lives in Seattle, WA.


Writer's Desk

  • I'm finishing a novel called Buddhism for Western Children. It's about Eastern religions bent to America in the 1970s, fundamentalism swinging its heavy head, a charismatic leader, and devotee families seeking the exalted. I'm also polishing a collection of short stories, not unlike this one.


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