When Werner Herzog Was My Dad
When once the word “ecstasy” had conjured disembodiment, an ethereal truth, a pristine up-there-ness of aesthetic purity, now, after the baby, it meant something entirely different. Ecstasy was heavy and human, located in the body and the blood.
Ah, I remembered the Midwestern insanity: laundromats that doubled as places of worship and Crock-Pots simmering cocktail wieners in stews of grape jelly and Worcestershire sauce.
Awkward Walks With Unavailable Men
I was only a child, but I still understood clearly: Sadness is sometimes too big to stay in the middle of. Sometimes you have to go away and undo yourself. Sometimes all a person can do is baptize herself in an empty room.
Love in Amish Country
Consider the love language of these people something similar to a moaning, choking agony addressed at the universe. Call it holy desperation. Call it devotion. Call it belief in inherent dignity. This is real Amish romance, as real as it gets.
Interview with Inklette Magazine, a publication edited by and featuring young, emerging writers For most of my life up until my adulthood, I always—absolutely always—felt like an outsider: in school, in the small town where I lived, within the conservative Mennonite culture of my extended family, then in college and the elite, moneyed circles I found Read more about Interview with Inklette[…]
“At The Center,” originally published in The Cimarron Review, is now available in audiobook from Audible A wry narrator fresh from an abusive romantic debacle takes us on her journey into the skewed world of a rehabilitation center, befriending along the way fellow patient Amp, a bold woman with a destructive proclivity for self-amputation. Forced Read more about At The Center[…]
“Shark,” originally published in The Kenyon Review Online, now available in audiobook from Audible It’s summer, Ian’s mother is dying of cancer, and he must contend all on his own with the onslaught of puberty, the Southern heat, and his confusing desire for his friend, Harbin. His discovery of an adolescent shark sets in motion Read more about Shark[…]
KELLY LINK April 4, 2017 | Mission Creek Festival | Prairie Lights Bookstore 15 S. Dubuque St. | Iowa City, IA Join us for a live recording at Mission Creek, an Iowa City festival featuring music, literature, comedy, and free community events. The show starts at 4pm. Hope to see you there. Short story writer Kelly Link invites readers into Read more about The Fail Safe Live[…]