The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 23, No. 1


Guest Designer: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon is a San Francisco–based artist, graphic and landscape designer, and writer. Born in 1928, she first worked as a dancer before studying painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute. After the death of her husband in 1956, she moved to Basel, Switzerland, to study graphic design at the Basel Art Institute with Armin Hofmann, and later studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Her iconic style of mixing Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop pioneered the field of supergraphics and the aesthetic of the California Cool. Her work is included in prominent public and private collections around the world.

Shani Boianjiu was born in 1987 and raised in the Galilee. Her debut novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, has been published in twenty-three countries. She lives in Israel and is completing work on her second novel.

Ben Stroud’s stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the Oxford American, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Vice, the Best American Mystery Storiesand Pushcart Prizeanthologies, and elsewhere. His story collection, Byzantium, won the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Award for Fiction and the Story Prize Spotlight Award. He teaches at the University of Toledo.

A.E. Stout lives in Los Angeles with her two sons, two dogs, and two cats. This is her first published story.

Tom Waits is a singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and actor. He has won Grammy Awards for the albums Bone Machine(1992) and Mule Variations(1998) and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1983 for the original score for Francis Ford Coppola’s film One from the Heart. In 2016, Waits and his writing partner, Kathleen Brennan, received the PEN/Song Lyrics Award; and in 2011, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Jack London (1876–1916) was a social activist and a writer of fiction and journalism.