Here’s a little taste of Richard Froude’s winning essay, “Things To Do In Denver When Your Dead.”
“The truth is I have not been sleeping well. My wife and I are expecting our first child in three month’s time. For the first fifteen weeks I was convinced that both she and the baby were going to die. Now I am only afraid. For many years my biggest fear was that I would find out something about myself that I could not change and could not stand, something that had always been obvious to others. I wrote myself a note on a scrap of yellow legal paper and taped it to the wall by the side of my bed. ‘Embrace What You Are Afraid Of,’ it said. This was when I lived in Los Angeles and missed Colorado a lot.
Before that, I was afraid of cancer, afraid enough that I …MORE
We are thrilled to announce that Cheryl Strayed, judge of the 2013 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction, has chosen “Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead” by Richard Froude as the winning essay. Here’s what Strayed had to say about Froude’s essay:
“‘Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead’ is an intelligent, honest, and insightful essay about what it means to pay witness to the lives and deaths of others. I was moved by the author’s emotional vulnerability and engaged by the subject matter–the experiences the author has had in his work with those who are dying and the meaning he’s made of it (or not). Most of all, I admired the quality of the writing. This is a beautiful, sophisticated, well-crafted essay by a talented writer, with a terrific beginning and ending and a complex middle that’s handled with …MORE
Last fall, an art installation referred to locally as the Floating House was erected in a parking lot in downtown Flint, Michigan. Shaped like a suburban split level, the 28 foot tall house was covered in shiny Mylar and sat on a platform from which you could stand and see the statues of Louis Chevrolet and Billy Durant on one side, and on the other the abandoned 19 story hulk of the Genesee Towers. Flint Journal editorials and social media forums speculated on its meaning. Was it a snide joke in a city of thousands of abandoned houses? Was it some sort of elegy—the empty house floated up to heaven?
“Mark’s House” was the result of the inaugural Flat Lot Architectural Contest, sponsored by the Flint Public Art Project. Launched in 2010 by native son and sometimes-Brooklynite, journalist Stephen Zacks, the …MORE
First course: some “bathtub gin,” Baba’s dice left on the kitchen table, all the malt liquor poured out for loved ones.
Second course: the roughage of “every page of the bible” to cleanse the pallet.
The main course, the whole enchilada: “a city so ruined, it is perfect” with julienned pit bull—a mornay of “gunmetal and mulch” on the side.
And for dessert: something that melts in your mouth, “a four-fingered ring that says DOPE”.
By the end of the meal that Mlekoday serves you in his first collection, The Dead Eat Everything, winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, you won’t, “say: Your mama’s so fat. Instead: // Your mama’s never made winter soup out of her dead husband…” A one-liner that rings like an ice-cold hip hop lyric, a genre that Mlekoday feels …MORE
Sycamore Review is pleased to announce that the 2014 Wabash Prize for Fiction will be judged by acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai. The winner, selected by Makkai, will receive a $1000 prize and publication in Sycamore Review.
Rebecca Makkai’s second novel, The Hundred-Year House, will be available in summer, 2014 from Viking/Penguin. Her first novel, The Borrower, was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection and one of Chicago Magazine‘s choices for best fiction of 2011. Her short fiction was chosen for The Best American Short Stories in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and has been featured in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories from the Midwest, Best New Fantasy, and several college literature textbooks. Her new stories appear regularly in publications such as Harper’s, Tin House, Ploughshares, New England Review and Ecotone, and on public radio’s This American Lifeand Selected Shorts. Rebecca teaches StoryStudio Chicago’s “Novel in a Year” workshop, and instructs as well at …MORE