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Comments Dylan Landis
2014 O. Henry Award-winning Author

Having my work appear in the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories is like being asked to a party where I'm too shy to talk much, but I get to eavesdrop on Deborah Eisenberg, Alice Munro, Ann Beattie, Amy Bloom, Paul Bowles and Raymond Carver, among so many extraordinary others. And they let me stay. Amazing. Such a huge affirmation for a writer who so often despairs over work, and so meaningful.

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I'm writing a novel, but it feels like an egg forming in utero without a shell; if I discuss it, the yolk leaks out. New characters, though. And more mothers, more daughters, more trouble, more men.

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I believe in the poetry of the inarticulate character. It's a language invented by the writer that floats somewhere both inside and just beyond the protagonist, and makes particular meaning of the people and objects that populate her world. It translates her impressions. It translates her to the reader. Finding this language takes me endless revisions. There's nothing natural about it.

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Dylan Landis is the author of the forthcoming Rainey Royal and of Normal People Don't Live Like This, linked story collections that feature the same cast of characters. Her work has appeared in Bomb, Tin House, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. In 2010 she received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Prose. She lives in New York City.

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