I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down (Fall 1998)

William Gay’s “I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down” was his first-ever publication when it appeared in The Georgia Review in Fall 1998. It became the title piece of his short-fiction collection, published by the Free Press in 2002, and it inspired a feature film—titled That Evening Sun—written and produced in 2009 by Georgia native Scott Teems and starring Hal Holbrook. Gay is also the author of three novels and is at work on others in his Hohenwald, Tennessee, home.

Wanting Only to Be Heard (Winter 1987)

Jack Driscoll’s latest collection, The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot (Wayne State University Press, 2017), received the 2018 Michigan Library Foundation Award for fiction. His forthcoming “New & Selected” will include eleven stories previously published in The Georgia Review and dating back to 1987. He currently teaches in Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program in Oregon.

Tanks (Spring 1991)

Phil Condon is the author of the short-story collections Nine Ten Again (2009), winner of the 2008 Elixir Press Fiction Award, and River Street (Southern Methodist University Press, 1994); he has also published a novel, Clay Center (Eastern Washington University Press, 2004), and an essay collection, Montana Surround (Johnson Books, 2004). The recipient of an NEA Fellowship in fiction (1993) and a Best Novel Award from the New Orleans Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society (2001), Condon teaches writing and literature in the environmental studies program at the University of Montana.

“This Is Earl Sandt” (Winter 2003)

Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels—most recently Hell (Grove Press, 2009)—and six volumes of short stories, including A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Henry Holt, 1992), which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. “This is Earl Sandt” was created in full, from first conception to final story, in seventeen two-hour episodes on a live webcast, which can be downloaded for free by searching for “Inside Creative Writing” at iTunes. Butler teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

The World Began with Charlie Chan (Spring 1989)

Frederick Busch (1941–2006) was a prolific short-story writer and an award-winning novelist. Professor of literature at Colgate University from 1966 to 2003, he authored twenty-seven books and more than one hundred short stories and essays. His many honors include an American Academy of Arts and Letters award for fiction in 1986 and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction in 1991.

These Hands (Fall 1999)

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of nine books, including The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories (Pantheon, 2020), from which the three stories in this issue are taken. Some of his earlier contributions to The Georgia Review were reprinted in the Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies. His work has been translated into eighteen languages. He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.

Angela Perfidia (Winter 1997)

Margaret Benbow’s poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Poetry, Kenyon Review, the Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, and others. Her collection Stalking Joy (1997) won the Walt McDonald First Book award and was published by Texas Tech University Press. She recently completed a second collection, Wild Women in Old Movies, and she has also published short stories—including “Angela Perfidia” in both our Summer 1997 issue and our Spring 2011 fiction retrospective. In 2014 Benbow won the Zona Gale Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers for the best published short story by a Wisconsin writer.

Time and Fear and Somehow Love (Spring 1985)

Lee K. Abbott is the author of seven collections of short fiction, most recently All Things, All at Once: New & Selected Stories (W. W. Norton, 2006). His work has appeared ten times previously in The Georgia Review and in nearly one hundred other periodicals, including the Atlantic, Harper’s, Epoch, Southern Review, and Boulevard. His work has also been featured in Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories, Best of the West, and the Pushcart Prize. Twice a winner of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Abbott is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor in English at Ohio State University, where he directs the MFA program in creative writing. “The Final Proof of Fate and Circumstance,” the first of Abbott’s eight stories to appear in GR (Fall 1983), was included in our fortieth-anniversary retrospective (Spring 1986).

Barding Around (on Robert Frost Speaking on Campus: Excerpts from His Talks, 1949–1962, edited by Edward Connery Lathem; Maxine Kumin’s The Roots of Things: Essays; Mark Doty’s The Art of Description: World into Word; Ellen Bryant Voigt’s The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song; Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction; Kelly Cherry’s Girl in a Library: On Women Writers and the Writing Life; and Fanny Howe’s The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation)

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.