MATTHEW VOLLMER is the author of two short-story collections—Future Missionaries of America and Gateway to Paradise—as well as three collections of essays—inscriptions for headstones, Permanent Exhibit, and This World Is Not Your Home: Essays, Stories, & Reports. He was the editor of A Book of Uncommon Prayer, which collects invocations from over 60 acclaimed and emerging authors, and served as co-editor of Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts. His work has appeared in venues such as Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, Tin House, Oxford American, The Sun, The Pushcart Prize anthology, and Best American Essays. He teaches in the MFA program at Virginia Tech, where he is a Professor of English. His next book, All of Us Together in the End, will be published by Hub City Press in 2023.
In our morning reading: interviews with GABI and Matthew Vollmer, the art of John Ashbery, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Anuk Arudpragasam, new writing from Helena Fitzgerald, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: nonfiction by Amanda Petrusich and Lauren Groff, thoughts on Brian Blanchfield’s work, and much more.
In our morning reading: poetry from Ocean Vuong, new essays from Maura Johnston and Helena Fitzgerald, news of Neil Gaiman’s next book, and more.
The stories featured in Matthew Vollmer‘s collection Gateway to Paradise are impressive both in their range and in the stories that they tell. Some explore the lives of characters in the wake of horrific events; others take a more surreal turn, including one of the most unpredictable ghost stories I’ve encountered in a long while. Vollmer is also the editor of A Book of Uncommon Prayer, an anthology of invocations from the likes of J. Robert Lennon, Leslie Jamison, Catherine […]
In our morning reading: remembering David Bowie, an interview with Helen McClory, new fiction from Matthew Vollmer, and more.
In our afternoon reading: notes on John Coltrane, new writing from Sarah Gerard, interviews with Sandra Cisneros and Anakana Schofield, and more.