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Comments Amit Majmudar
"Secret Lives of the Detainees"
2017 O. Henry Award-winning Author

Being included in The O. Henry Prize Stories is a great honor that I never hoped for. Most writers may say that, but they at least may have thought to themselves, "You know, how nice it would be to get into that anthology someday." I mean "I never hoped for this" literally: I generally don't write or read short stories, so my ambitions honestly never extended to this. I feel like I just won a medal in an event I never trained for.

(author photo © Ami Buch Majmudar)

Writing Tips

I think luck is crucial in life and literature. You may not be a lucky person in life, but in literature, you can make your own luck. Always be mixing words together. Always be tinkering. You never know what mixture of words will fizz over into a successful poem or story.

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I am writing poems, mostly.

About the Author

Amit Majmudar was born in 1979 and is a poet, novelist, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist. His latest book is a poetry collection, Dothead, and he has published two novels, Partitions and The Abundance. His prose has appeared in The New York Times, and his poetry in The New Yorker, The Best of the Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. He is the first poet laureate of Ohio. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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