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Comments Stephen Dixon
"Talk"
2014 O. Henry Award-winning Author

It means a lot. This is my fourth O.Henry award, and it always makes me happy that one of my stories was considered good enough to be included in this anthology.

(Illustration © David Clowes)


About the Author

Even though I taught fiction writing to undergraduate and graduate students for 27 years, I have little to say about writing. I just write. One story after another. One novel after another. A few stories and then a novel that might have started out as a story, and then more stories, maybe ten of them, maybe twenty, and then another novel or two or three, and so on. I'm always working on something, except for a day or two that might come between finishing one kind of fiction and starting another.




Author's Desk

"Talk" is part of an interlinked collection of stories that I've been writing for more than two years. I now have 44 completed stories and have just finished the first draft of the 45th. This collection, which I call "Late Stories," is already too long—875 manuscript pages so far—to be in one volume. The ideas keep coming for it and I keep writing. I don't know what, except a terrible debilitating illness, could make me stop.


About the Author

Stephen Dixon was born in New York. He has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, and the Pushcart Prize. He taught for many years in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and has published many novels and short story collections. His latest novel is His Wife Leaves Him. He lives in Maryland.


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