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Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003–2018, Kathy Fish

About the author

Kathy Fish teach­es for the Mile High MFA at Reg­is Uni­ver­si­ty in Den­ver, Col­orado. She has pub­lished four col­lec­tions of short fic­tion: a chap­book in the Rose Met­al Press col­lec­tive, A Pecu­liar Feel­ing of Rest­less­ness: Four Chap­books of Short Short Fic­tion by Four Women (2008); Wild Life (Mat­ter Press, 2011); Togeth­er We Can Bury It (The Lit Pub, 2012); and Rift, co-authored with Robert Vaugh­an (Unknown Press, 2015). Three of her sto­ries have been Best Small Fic­tions win­ners, most recent­ly “Col­lec­tive Nouns for Humans in the Wild,” cho­sen by Aimee Ben­der. This piece was also select­ed for Best Amer­i­can Non­re­quired Read­ing 2018, edit­ed by Sheila Heti. Addi­tion­al­ly, two of Fish’s sto­ries are fea­tured in the W.W. Nor­ton anthol­o­gy New Micro: Excep­tion­al­ly Short Fic­tion (2018).

Wild Life
Col­lect­ed Works from 2003–2018
by Kathy Fish
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There is no sin­gle author who pen­cils out how we live as peo­ple bet­ter than Kathy Fish. To read her fic­tion is to under­stand the human con­di­tion, in all its messy, bloody, lumi­nes­cent, imper­fect glo­ry.

Amber Sparks,
author of The Unfin­ished World: And Oth­er Sto­ries

Keep this book on your bed­side table. Dog-ear it until all the pages are fold­ed. Read it in the bath, teach it, store it in your bag, recite it on street cor­ners. When peo­ple stop to ask you what you are doing, tell them that you are read­ing aloud from a col­lec­tion by the best flash fic­tion writer in Amer­i­ca.

Amelia Gray, author of Isado­ra and Gut­shot

For more than a decade, Kathy Fish has been skew­er­ing the Amer­i­can land­scape to bring us star­tling, unfor­get­table sto­ries of peo­ple try­ing to forge a path through this shat­tered world. Her characters—patchwork fam­i­lies, scrap­py sib­lings, unrav­el­ing cou­ples, strangers, neigh­bors, and women con­fronting the vio­lent self-anni­hi­la­tion that attends moth­er­hood —are wracked by their actions and inac­tions. If she did not coin the term flash fic­tion, we have her to thank for sin­gle­hand­ed­ly grow­ing and ele­vat­ing the dynam­ic form, secur­ing its indeli­ble place in the lit­er­ary canon. With Wild Life, Fish demon­strates time and again why she is one of the most excit­ing and influ­en­tial writ­ers we have. Her range is on full dis­play in this bril­liant, com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion, an absolute must for stu­dents and teach­ers, for writ­ers and read­ers across the gen­res. “This bro­ken plan­et needs a hero,” one of her char­ac­ters says. My hero, bar none, is Kathy Fish.

Sara Lipp­mann, author of Doll Palace

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