Trampoline – Bios

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Trampoline: an anthology


Christopher Rowe, Ed Park, Shelley Jackson, John Gonzalez, Samantha Hunt, Alex Irvine, Greer Gilman, Alan DeNiro, Maureen McHugh, Dave Shaw, Susan Mosser, Vandana Singh, Glen Hirshberg, Jeffrey Ford, Beth Adele Long, Carol Emshwiller, Christopher Barzak, Rosalind Palermo Stevenson, Richard Butner, Karen Joy Fowler


Christopher RoweChristopher Rowe, The Force Acting on the Displaced Body

Christopher Rowe lives in Kentucky. His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in many magazines, webzines and zine zines. He runs a small press, the Fortress of Words, and edits a zine, Say… He likes outside better than inside, brick better than vinyl and made better than bought.

You can buy Say… if you poke around on this site a little bit more. You can read some of his stories online at The Dead Mule, Ideomancer, and maybe even Small Beer.

Bittersweet Creek, a chapbook
— “Sally Harpe


Ed Park, Well-Moistened with Cheap Wine, the Sailor and the Wayfarer Sing of Their Absent Sweethearts

Ed Park is the author of a few published stories that have changed the way we see the world, two unpublished novels that haven’t, an unpublished memoir in which every paragraph begins with “In,” and two books illustrated by the fabulous Michael K. Carter. He is a senior editor at The Village Voice, where he reviews films, books, theater, and music. With Heidi Julavits, he co-edits The Believer. He contributes to the Canadian magazine Cinema Scope and belongs to the Harry Stephen Keeler Society, the New York Society Library, and the Duane Reade Dollar Rewards Club.


Shelley Jackson, Angel

Shelley Jackson is the author of The Melancholy of Anatomy, the hypertext novel Patchwork Girl, and several children’s books. She lives in Brooklyn.


John Gonzalez, Impala

John Gonzalez grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan, the Cereal Capital of the World. He spent much of his early life trying to escape, but the attack dogs seemed to anticipate his every move. After several years in graduate school and employment as a social worker, John landed a job as the house writer for Outrage Games, a videogame developer in Ann Arbor whose next game, the fantasy-SF action-adventure Alter Echo, is due out in August 2003. In 2001 he attended the Clarion Writers Workshop. “Impala” is his first publication.


Samantha HuntSamantha Hunt, Famous Men (Three Stories)

Samantha Hunt is a writer and artist from New York. Much to her delight, her stories and poems have appeared in McSweeney’s, Jubilat, Swerve, The Iowa Review, Literary, Colorado and Western Humanities Reviews. Her first play, The Difference Engine, a story about the life of Charles Babbage, is currently in production. Hunt’s artwork can be found at the New York Public Library. Of late, she is completing a novel.


Alex IrvineAlex Irvine, Gus Dreams of Biting the Mail Man


Alex Irvine‘s first novel A Scattering of Jades appeared in 2002 from Tor Books. His second, One King, One Soldier, is scheduled for July 2004. In between, a short-story collection, Unintended Consequences,will appear from Subterranean Press. He has published short fiction inF&SF, Asimov’s, Sci Fiction, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and anthologies including Starlight 3, Polyphony 2, and Live Without a Net.He teaches English at Gardiner Area High School in Gardiner, Maine — the home of Edwin Arlington Robinson — and lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Beth, and twins, Emma and Ian.


Greer Gilman, A Crowd of Bone

Greer Gilman’s novel, Moonwise, is decidedly thorny. It won the Crawford Award and was shortlisted for the Tiptree and Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards. “A Crowd of Bone” is one of three linked stories, variations on a winter myth. The first, “Jack Daw’s Pack,” was a Nebula finalist for 2001, and the subject of a Foundationinterview by Michael Swanwick. A sometime forensic librarian, Gilman lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and travels in stone circles.


Alan DeNiro, RatbastardAlan DeNiro, Fuming Woman

Alan DeNiro is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Virginia, and he also attended Clarion in 1998. His fiction has appeared in many literary and genre venues, including Santa Monica Review, 3rd Bed, Strange Horizons, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Fence, Talebones, and his work has been shortlisted for the O. Henry award. Along with Chris Barzak, Kristin Livdahl, and Barth Anderson, he is a member of the writerly and publishing co-op known as the Ratbastards. He has recently completed a novel, The Memory Palace of Ray Fell, which involves the perils of dating imaginary people. He regularly reviews fiction for Rain Taxi, and is a correspondent for the weblog Ptarmigan. He is also the author of two poetry chapbooks: The Black Hare and Atari Ecologues. Finally, he is a failed trapeze artist…no, just kidding.


Mauureen McHughMaureen McHugh, Eight-Legged Story
Mothers and Other Monsters

Maureen McHugh (1959) has spent most of her life in Ohio, but has lived in New York City and, for a year, in Shijiazhuang, China. Her first novel, China Mountain Zhang, won the Tiptree Award. Her latest novel is Nekropolis, which was a BookSense 76 pick and a New York TimesEditor’s Choice. Right now she lives with her husband, son and two dogs next to a dairy farm. Sometimes, in the summer, black and white Holsteins look over the fence at them.


Dave ShawDave Shaw, King of Spain

Dave Shaw lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife Natalie, three-year-old daughter Mia, and newest child, Henry (born May 17, 2003). Father was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Here Comes the Roar, which will be published by University of North Texas Press in 2003. His stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies in England, Japan, New Zealand, and the U.S., including Best American Mystery Stories, The Southern Anthology, Literal Latte, Stand Magazine, and publications you’ve never heard of. He has received The Literal Latte Fiction Award, The Southern Prize for Fiction, a North Carolina Arts Council Writer’s Fellowship, and other awards for his work, and he completed his MFA in Fiction Writing at UNC-Greensboro. With that out of the way, he’d like now to point out that in 2000, 2001, and 2002, his team won Carrboro, North Carolina’s Co-Rec Softball Championship.


Susan Mosser, Bump Ship

Susan Mosser has been writing for a while now and finds it to be just the very best part of sentience. By grace of unemployment, in the steamy wastelands of central Florida, she is writing two books (one novel and one mostly not) and ghost-editing a third, and lately has taken to scribbling bits of subtly rhythmic verse on gasoline receipts while driving. Susan is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop.


Vandana SinghVandana Singh, The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet

Vandana Singh was born and raised in India and now lives in the United States with her husband, daughter, dog and innumerable books. She draws upon her background in physics and her experience as a woman and an Indian to spin wild tales of science fiction and fantasy. Her first published story appeared in the original anthology Polyphony, Volume 1.


Glen Hirshberg, Shipwreck Beach

Glen Hirshberg‘s first novel, The Snowman’s Children, was published by Carroll & Graf in December, 2002. Kelly said she liked it. His ghost stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and Dark Terrors 6, and have been nominated for the International Horror Guild Award and twice for the World Fantasy Award. Carroll & Graf will publish The Two Sams, a collection of his supernatural fiction, later this year. When he sent this bio, Glen lived in Los Angeles with his wife, son, and daughter, but he probably doesn’t anymore.


Jeffrey Ford, The Yellow Chamber

Jeffrey Ford is the author of a trilogy of novels from Eos Harper Collins — The Physiognomy (winner of the 1998 World Fantasy Award and a New York TimesNotable Book of the year for ’97), Memoranda (a New York Times Notable book for ’99), The Beyond ( a selection for Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2001 list). His most recent novel, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque (Morrow/Harper Collins), was published in June 2002 as was his first story collection, The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant & Other Stories (Golden Gryphon Press). His short fiction has appeared in the magazines — Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sci Fiction, Event Horizon, Black Gate, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, MSS, The Northwest Review, Puerto Del Sol — and in the anthologies — Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, Vols. 13 and 15, The Green Man: Tales From the Mythic Forest, Leviathan #3, and The Journal of Pulse Pounding Narratives. “The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant,” (short story) was nominated for a Nebula Award in 2001, and “Creation” (short story) was nominated for a Nebula in 2002. Ford lives in South Jersey with his wife, Lynn, and two sons, Jack and Derek. He teaches Writing and Literature at Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County, New Jersey.


Beth Adele Long, Destroyer

Beth Adele Long‘s short fiction has appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Electric Velocipede. She is a graduate of the Clarion Writer’s workshop and a former writer-in-residence at the Kerouac House in Orlando. By day she works as a graphic arts jack-of-all-trades for a fantabulous little company in Cape Canaveral. She lives in Florida and still complains about the cold winters, much to her northern friends’ disgust.


Carol Emshwiller, Gods and Three Wishes

“I was a dreadful student. Just squeaked by with Cs and a few Ds. Failed freshman English and had to repeat it. Almost failed again.”

I went all the way through music school, playing the violin, but I had slow fingers so failed at that.”

I went to war. ALL! the men were gone so, though I was a pacifist, I went with them. After war, I went to art school. First thing I didn’t fail at.”

I always hated writing. It’s too hard. But, like finally learning to love lobster, now Lobster is my favorite. I’ve failed at even that though. I’ve become allergic to it. Now I love writing. I love that it is so hard–that you never stop learning how to do it.”

I’ve just had two new books with Small Beer Press. These are my seventh and eighth books.”


Christopher BarzakChristopher Barzak, Dead Boy Found

Christopher Barzak has published stories in a variety of literary and speculative fiction magazines, including Nerve, Realms of Fantasy,Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Strange Horizons, The Vestal Review, and The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. He has recently completed his Master’s Degree in English at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He grew up in rural Ohio, now lives in post-industrial Ohio, has lived in California and Michigan, now lives in an attic back in post-industrial Ohio, has no pets to speak of, no longer smokes except socially, and likes to dance. He is 27.


Rosalind Palermo StevensonRosalind Palermo Stevenson, Insect Dreams

Rosalind Palermo Stevenson’s fiction and prose poems have appeared in Conjunctions (Web Conjunctions); Washington Square; Skidrow Penthouse; Phantasmagoria; Literal Latte; Reflections (published by the United Nations Society of Writers); No Roses Review; and White Crow, among other literary journals. Her prose poems “The Maria Axiom” and “Soul Murder” have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her short story, “The Guest,” won the Anne and Henry Paolucci fiction contest for Italian-American writing, and the Negative Capability annual fiction contest. Rosalind lives in New York City where she is currently completing a second collection of short fiction.


Mr. Richard Butner

Richard Butner, Ash City Stomp

Richard Butner is a freelance journalist and short story writer. Hell, he might even write a novel soon. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. He loves you.

Richard Butner is a freelance journalist and short story writer. He runs the Sycamore Hill Writers’ Conference with John Kessel. For some reason he holds an M.S. in Computer Engineering (with an English minor) and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from North Carolina State University.

His stories have appeared in magazines such as Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet,(read “Other Agents” here), Scream, and RE Arts & Letters, as well as in anthologies such as Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology, which he co-edited with John Kessel and Mark L. Van Name. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Karen Joy FowlerKaren Joy Fowler, King Rat

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of two story collections and three novels and is a frequent teacher of writing workshops. She lives with her husband in Davis, California. She wishes someday to have published more books than you can count on the fingers of both hands. She wishes this more often than she manages to actually make herself work on book number six. She’s starting to think the opposable thumb is not all it’s cracked up to be.


Kelly Link

Kelly Link co-edits the zine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Her first collection,Stranger Things Happen, was nominated for the Firecracker Award and was selected as a best book of the year by Salon, Locus, and The Village Voice. She is working on more short stories.

Trampoline, An Anthology

Trampoline: an anthology, edited by Kelly Link

Kalpa Imperial

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paper · 9781931520058 | ebook · 9781618730190

Emperors, empresses, storytellers, thieves . . . and the Natural History of Ferrets

Kalpa Imperial is the first of Argentinean writer Angélica Gorodischer’s nineteen award-winning books to be translated into English. In eleven chapters, Kalpa Imperial’s multiple storytellers relate the story of a fabled nameless empire which has risen and fallen innumerable times. Fairy tales, oral histories and political commentaries are all woven tapestry-style into Kalpa Imperial: beggars become emperors, democracies become dictatorships, and history becomes legends and stories.

But Kalpa Imperial is much more than a simple political allegory or fable. It is also a celebration of the power of storytelling. Gorodischer and acclaimed writer Ursula K. Le Guin, who has translated Kalpa Imperial, are a well-matched, sly and delightful team of magician-storytellers. Rarely have author and translator been such an effortless pairing. Kalpa Imperial is a powerful introduction to the writing of Angélica Gorodischer, a novel which will enthrall readers already familiar with the worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin.


Selected for the New York Times Summer Reading list.

“The history of an imaginary empire in a series of tales that adopt the voice of a marketplace storyteller. . . . While the point of each tale eludes paraphrase, the cumulative burden is the imperfectibility of human society . . . Le Guin’s translation, which ranges from blunt to elegant to oracular, seems like the ideal medium for this grim if inescapable message.”
— New York Times Book Review

“A novel that evokes weighty matters lightly and speaks of self-evident wisdom while itself remaining mysterious.”
— Washington Post

* “This Scheherazade-like collection of linked tales, loosely connected by a storyteller, form the rich history of an imaginary civilization from its hunter-gatherer origins to its peak as a technologically sophisticated empire. Each story is concerned with the use and abuse of power, especially the inequities of power between men and women, the rich and the poor, and the state and the individual. Never heavy-handed, the stories flow like fables and gradually show the futility of seeking power and trying to rule others. The dreamy, ancient voice is not unlike Le Guin’s, and this collection should appeal to her fans as well as to those of literary fantasy and Latin American fiction.”
Library Journal (Starred Review)

“There’s a very modern undercurrent to the Kalpa empire, with tales focusing on power (in a political sense) rather than generic moral lessons. Her mythology is consistent — wide in scope, yet not overwhelming. The myriad names of places and people can be confusing, almost Tolkeinesque in their linguistic originality. But the stories constantly move and keep the book from becoming overwhelming. Gorodischer has a sizeable body of work to be discovered, with eighteen books yet to reach English readers, and this is an impressive introduction.”
Review of Contemporary Fiction

“Those looking for offbeat literary fantasy will welcome Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was, by Argentinean writer Angélica Gorodischer. Translated from the Spanish by Ursula Le Guin, this is the first appearance in English of this prize-winning South American fantasist.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Ursula Le Guin’s translation of Angelica Gorodischer’s Kalpa Imperial is wonderful.”
Jo Walton,

“The only thing more amazing than the stories about this nonexistent empire is the fact that it has taken them so long — twenty years — to appear in English.”

“It’s always difficult to wrap up a rave review without babbling redundant praises. This time I’ll simply say “Buy this Book!””

“The elaborate history of an imaginary country . . . is Nabokovian in its accretion of strange and rich detail, making the story seem at once scientific and dreamlike.”
Time Out New York

“These stories — like this empire — are deceptively simple, as they are built from complex components of a deep and richly imagined history.”
Strange Horizons

“This is definitely a book to savour slowly.”
Strange Charm

“[A] remarkable collaboration . . . an engossing escape . . . a useful tonic and reminder that the irascible perspectives of Borges and Cortazar are alive and well.”
— Bridge Magazine

Kalpa Imperial has been awarded the Prize “Más Allá” (1984), the Prize “Sigfrido Radaelli” (1985) and also the Prize Poblet (1986). It has had four editions in Spanish: Minotauro (Buenos Aires), Alcor (Barcelona), Gigamesh (Barcelona), and Planeta Emecé Editions (Buenos Aires).

An excerpt from Kalpa Imperial, The End of a Dynasty, was originally published in the original anthology Starlight 2, (Tor).

About the Author

Angélica Gorodischer, daughter of the writer Angélica de Arcal, was born in 1929 in Buenos Aires and has lived most of her life in Rosario, Argentina. From her first book of stories, she has displayed a mastery of science-fiction themes, handled with her own personal slant, and exemplary of the South American fantasy tradition. Oral narrative techniques are a strong influence in her work, most notably in Kalpa Imperial, which since its publication has been considered a major work of modern fantasy narrative.

Here’s a fuller bio:

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 28th 1928, lives in Rosario, Argentina, since 1936. Fifteen books published, novels and short stories. Never a play; never a poem, not even at sixteen when everybody writes poems, out of love or of politics. Elementary and high school at the Escuela Normal no.2 de Profesoras in Rosario. And then School of Arts and Literature, Rosario National University but only for five years. No grade, no academic award, no nothing: wanted to write, not to teach.
Books: Short Stories with Soldiers, 1965; Opus Two, novel, 1967, 1990; The Wigs,short stories, 1968; Under the Yubayas in Bloom, short stories, 1973, 1987; Chaste Electronic Moon, short stories, 1977; Trafalgar, short stories, 1979, 1984 and 1986; Imperial Kalpa, novel, 1983, 1990, 2000, 2001; A Bad Night, short stories, 1983, 1997; Vases of Alabaster, Boukhara Carpets, novel, 1985, 1992; Mango Juice, novel, 1988; The Republics, short stories, 1991; Fable of the Virgin and the Fireman, novel, 1993; Survivorship Techniques, short stories, 1994; The Night of the Innocent, novel, 1996; How to Succeed in Life, short stories, 1998; Mint, short stories, 2000;Everywhere, novel, 2002.
Awards: 1964 “Vea & Lea” award, III contest of detective stories; 1965 “Club del Orden” award; 1984 “Más Allá” award; 1984 “Poblet” award; 1984-85 Emecé award; 1985 “Sigfried Radaelli Club de los Trece”; 1986, 1991 Gigamesh (Spain); 1994 “Platinum Konex” for her work on sci-fi; 1996 “Dignity” award granted by the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights for works and activity in women’s rights; 1998 Silvina Bullrich award, granted by the Argentina Writers’ Society to the best novel written by a woman during the three precedent years; 2000: “Margarita de Ponce” award, granted by the Union of Argentine Women.
Short stories in anthologies in Argentina and other countries. Seminars, conferences, meetings, conventions, etc. in Argentina and other countries. More than 300 lectures (not counting papers at meetings or conferences) especially on fantastic narrative and gender and literature. Judge at literary contests from 1967 to the present. Book presentations, public reading of short stories. Workshops for women who want to write. Articles and short stories in newspapers and magazines in Argentina and other countries.
A husband (for 50 years the same one), two sons, one daughter-in-law, a daughter, a son-in-law, six grandchildren, a house, a garden, many many friends . . . in Argentina and other countries.

Read more of Angélica Gorodischer’s stories in English:

Four short stories including “The Perfect Married Woman” in the anthology Secret Weavers: Stories of the Fantastic by Women of Argentina and Chile.

“Camera Obscura” translated by Diana L. Velez, The Latin American Literary Review, XIX, 37:96-105. Special Issue: Scents of Wood and Silence: Short Stories by Latin American Women Writers.

About the Translator

Ursula Kroeber was born in 1929 in Berkeley, California, where she grew up. Her parents were the anthropologist Alfred Kroeber and the writer Theodora Kroeber, author of Ishi. She went to Radcliffe College, and did graduate work at Columbia University. She married Charles A. Le Guin, a historian, in Paris in 1953; they have lived in Portland, Oregon, since 1958, and have three children and three grandchildren.

Ursula K. Le Guin has written poetry and fiction all her life. Her first publications were poems, and in the 1960’s she began to publish short stories and novels. She writes both poetry and prose, and in various modes including realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, young children’s books, books for young adults, screenplays, essays, verbal texts for musicians, and voicetexts for performance or recording. As of 2003 she has published over a hundred short stories (collected in nine volumes), two collections of essays, twelve books for children, five volumes of poetry, two of translation, and nineteen novels. Among the honors her writing has received are a National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, five Hugo Awards, and five Nebula Awards.

In August 2003 the University of New Mexico Press published Ursula’s translation of Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral — “This is the first presentation in English and Spanish of a really substantial selection of the poetry of Mistral — the first Latin American, and the only Latin American woman, to receive the Nobel Prize.”

Praise for the Spanish-language editions of Kalpa Imperial:

“Angélica Gorodischer, both from without and within the novel, accomplishes the indispensable function Salman Rushdie says the storyteller must have: not to let the old tales die out; to constantly renew them. And she well knows, as does that one who met the Great Empress, that storytellers are nothing more and nothing less than free men and women. And even though their freedom might be dangerous, they have to get the total attention of their listeners and, therefore, put the proper value on the art of storytelling, an art that usually gets in the way of those who foster a forceful oblivion and prevent the winds of change.”
—Carmen Perilli, La Gaceta, Tucuman

“At a time when books are conceived and published to be read quickly, with divided attention in the din of the subway or the car, this novel is to be tasted with relish, in peace, in moderation, chewing slowly each and every one of the stories that make it up, and digesting it equally slowly so as to properly assimilate it all.”
—Rodolfo Martinez

“A vast, cyclical filigree . . . Gorodischer reaches much farther than the common run of stories about huge empires, maybe because she wasn’t interested in them to begin with, and enters the realm of fable, legend, and allegory.”
—Luis G. Prado, Gigamesh, Barcelona

The Force Acting on the Displaced Body

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The little creek behind my trailer in Kentucky is called Frankum Branch. I had to go to the courthouse to find that out. Nobody around here thought it had a name. But all the little creeks and branches in the world have names, even if nobody remembers them, or remembers which Frankum they’re named after.

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Eight Legged Story

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Maureen F. McHugh

I. Naturalistic Narrative

Cheap pens. My marriage is not going to survive this. Not the pens — I bought the pens because no pen is safe when Mark is around; his backpack is a black hole for pens — so I bought this package of cheap pens, one of which doesn’t work (although rather than throw it away, I stuck it back in the pen jar, which is stupid), and two of them don’t click right when you try to make the point come out and then go back. It’s good to have them, though, because I’m manning the phone. Tim, my husband, is out combing the Buckeye Trail in the National Park with volunteers, looking for my nine-year-old stepson, Mark. Mark has been missing for twenty-two hours. One minute he was with them, the next minute he wasn’t. I am worried about Mark. I am sure that if he is dead, I will feel terrible. I wish I liked him better. I wish I’d let him take some of these pens. Not that Tim will ever find out that I told Mark he couldn’t have any of these pens.

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Trampoline: Stories

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Trampoline: an anthology, edited by Kelly Link.
Trampoline: Stories

20 stories: 140,000 words. But are they any good?

Decide for yourself:


Richard Butner

Greer Gilman

Maureen McHugh

Christopher Rowe

Rosalind Palermo Stevenson



Sally Harpe

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They tell this one in those tobacco towns along the Green River.

Bittersweet CreekOne day Roy Barlowe and his dad walked up the hill to Townie Harpe’s old place. Townie’s widow, Miss Erskine, was sitting on a cane bottom chair on the porch, fooling with some clothes.

Roy didn’t know whether she was sewing or quilting or doing some kind of mending. He never paid much attention to that kind of work. Still, if the mother knew those ways then it followed that the daughter would.

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Ash City Stomp

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Richard Butner

Download a 44MB mp3 audio file of Richard Butner reading “Ash City Stomp.”

Mr. Richard ButnerShe had dated Secrest for six weeks before she asked for the Big Favor. The Big Favor sounded like, “I need to get to Asheville to check out the art therapy program in their psychology grad school,” but in reality she had hard drugs that needed to be transported to an old boyfriend of hers in the mountains, and the engine in her 1982 Ford Escort had caught fire on the expressway earlier that spring.

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Trampoline: An Anthology

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Greer Gilman’s novella “A Crowd of Bone” won the World Fantasy Award.

  • Trampoline and Alex Irvine’s “Gus Dreams of Biting the Mailman” were nominated for World Fantasy Awards.
  • Susan Mosser’s “Bumpship” was reprinted in The Year’s Best SF.
  • Christopher Barzak’s Dead Boy Found” was reprinted in The Best New Horror.
  • Karen Joy Fowler’s “King Rat” and Richard Butner’s “Ash City Stomp” were reprinted inThe Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror.

Read stories:

Multi-author interview. (An interview with Greer Gilman. And an older interview.)

Trampoline pictures


  • “No unblinkered, gloveless reader can resist the stream of associations unleashed by Ford’s story and the rest of Trampoline: influences as disparate as science fiction, magic realism, pulp, and Twilight Zone morality plays.”
    — Village Voice
  • “In short, Trampoline is yet another unique source of powerful, exciting, new approaches to fantasy and interstitial fiction. It is flexible enough and fresh enough that I hope it proves to be the beginning of a series. It occupies its own rather beautifully fragile place in the fantastical fiction milieu.”
    — Jeff VanderMeer, Locus Online
  • “The editor should be commended, not only for an intriguing compilation…but that she manages to stay out of the way of it. The only thing that intrudes here is her taste in the story selection and ordering. There’s no tiresome manifesto here, no chest-beating about movements or genres or rants against publishing mediocrity and how some merry band of rogues is going to revolutionize anything. She understands that the role of editor is to let the work speak for itself.”
    — SF Site
  • Washington Post

Trampolines everywhere. Trampoline news alerts.

Trampoline, an anthology of mostly original fiction. Perhaps the first of an occasional series, perhaps the one and only of its kind. We’ll see.

20 stories ~ 140,000 words ~ 10 men ~ 10 women
Does not contain a manifesto.
Cover painting by Shelley Jackson.

Trampoline: an elastic mattress-like contrivance on which acrobats, gymnasts, &c. leap.

Trampoline: an original anthology edited by Kelly Link, the award-winning author of Stranger Things Happen, and co-editor of the zine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Trampoline: twenty astounding stories by Christopher Barzak, Richard Butner, Alan DeNiro, Carol Emshwiller, Jeffrey Ford, Karen Joy Fowler, Greer Gilman, John Gonzalez, Glen Hirshberg, Samantha Hunt, Alex Irvine, Shelley Jackson, Beth Adele Long, Maureen McHugh, Susan Mosser, Ed Park, Christopher Rowe, Dave Shaw, Vandana Singh, and Rosalind Palermo Stevenson.


For a mere $17 you and your friends around the world can read the finest fiction we’ve been able to find collected in one solid, easy to throw across the room, bouncy package.

Do you own a trampoline?Story selections have appeared (and maybe disappear) online. A roundtable interview is now bouncing across hypertext. All over the country home insurance companies will inquire, “Do you have a Trampoline?”


Ok, but who are these people? — photos, biographies, links to websites and blogs, news on
trampolining activities (parties and readings?), and maybe some other bouncy fun.


Table of Contents

Christopher RoweThe Force Acting on the Displaced Body

Ed Park, Well-Moistened with Cheap Wine, the Sailor and the Wayfarer Sing of Their Absent Sweethearts

Shelley Jackson, Angel

John Gonzalez, Impala

Samantha Hunt, Famous Men (Three Stories)

Alex Irvine, Gus Dreams of Biting the Mail Man

Greer GilmanA Crowd of Bone

Alan DeNiro, Fuming Woman

Maureen McHughEight-Legged Story

Dave Shaw, King of Spain

Susan Mosser, Bump Ship

Vandana Singh, The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet

Glen Hirshberg, Shipwreck Beach

Jeffrey Ford, The Yellow Chamber

Beth Adele Long, Destroyer

Carol Emshwiller, Gods and Three Wishes

Christopher Barzak, Dead Boy Found

Rosalind Palermo StevensonInsect Dreams

Richard Butner, Ash City Stomp

Karen Joy Fowler, King Rat


From the first line theory of reading:

T he little creek behind my trailer in Kentucky is called Frankum Branch.
R amnath Mishra’s life changed forever one morning,
A ll this started when my father told my mother she was a waste.
M argaret, do you see the leaves?
P ristine silence was the law in the gleaming white halls of The Center for the Reification of Actual Probability.
O ne day when I was in the first grade Scott Arnold told me he was going to wash my face with snow on my way home from school.
L ately, Walter has been hard to live with.
I t’s the start of a brand new life, Johnny.”
N b. No story begins with the letter N. Is that odd? Should we be worried?
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