Kelly Magee is the author of Body Language (UNT Press 2006), winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Short Fiction, The Neighborhood (Gold Wake Press 2016), and several collaborative works, including With Animal (Black Lawrence Press 2015) and The Reckless Remainder (Noctuary Press 2017), written with Carol Guess. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Booth, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and others. She teaches creative writing and queer literature at Western Washington University.
A Guide to Strange Places: Stories
In Kelly Magee’s A Guide to Strange Places: Stories, eight distinct American cities are given a chance to speak. Thanks to Magee’s compassionate vision, this collection adds up—gorgeous sentence after gorgeous sentence—to more than any clever premise. Magee writes and imagines with such empathy that we can’t help but suspend disbelief: these places become real. When we hear from Orlando, Atlanta, New Orleans, or Columbus, we bear witness not only to their singular stories but also to our common humanity—full of heartbreak, longing, inside jokes, and hope.