The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 22, No. 4


Guest Designer: David Lynch

David Lynch. Born Missoula, Montana. Eagle Scout.

Tommy Orange is the author of the 2018 novel There There. Born and raised in Oakland, California, he is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, and he lives in Angels Camp, California. 

Jon Raymond is the author of the novels The Half-Life, Rain Dragon, and Freebird and the story collection Livability. He’s collaborated with the director Kelly Reichardt on five films, including Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, and the forthcoming First Cow. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the 2016 novel The Border of Paradise and the recipient of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize for the 2019 essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias. She received a Whiting Award in 2018 and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists in 2017. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, she lives in San Francisco and can be found at and on Twitter @esmewang.

Barry Gifford’s recent books include The Roy Stories, Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels, Writers, The Up-Down, and The Cuban Club. The film based on his novel Wild at Heart won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and his other film credits include Lost Highway, Perdita Durango, City of Ghosts, and The Phantom Father. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gus Van Sant is a filmmaker, photographer, painter, writer, and musician. Many of his films are among the pantheon of independent cinema, including Mala NocheDrugstore Cowboy, and My Own Private Idaho. He won Oscar nominations for Good Will Hunting and Milk and the Palme d’Or and Best Director prizes at the Cannes Film Festival for Elephant. His most recent film is Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. Gus designed the Winter 2004 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story.

William S. Burroughs (1914–1997) was a writer and visual artist whose novels included Junkie and Naked Lunch.

Miles Greaves lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his fiancée and their two young boys. An attorney who studied creative writing as an undergraduate at SUNY Albany, he has found the time to write more only recently and is working on several short stories, one of which has appeared in Tin House Online.