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Comments Charles Haverty
"Storm Windows"
2016 O. Henry Award-winning Author

So many of the stories I love—and that have moved me to write my own—I first encountered in The O. Henry Prize Stories. To be included in these pages is a great and happy honor, and gratifying, not only for such company, but for the promise of connecting with so many new readers.

(author photo © Alexandra Glücksmann)


Writing Tips

The most useful piece of writing advice I know of is that old chestnut from Robert Frost: "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader." I'd especially like to put in a plug for that second part: the element of surprise, or even better, joy—the joy of creation, of working with language and memory and imagination, of making it up and getting it down right, the discovery of surprising patterns and connections, the celebratory impulse behind most of the writing that matters to me and replenishes my sense of the world as an interesting place.


Writer's Desk

I'm fiddling with a collection of short stories and working on a novel.


About the Author

Charles Haverty was born in Flushing, Queens, and grew up on Long Island and the far west suburbs of Chicago. He is the author of the collection Excommunicados, which won the 2015 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. His stories have appeared in AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, Ecotone, Colorado Review, Salamander, and elsewhere. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.


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