Fiction Collective 2 is a non-profit author-run publisher of innovative fiction, a literary alternative since 1974. Each week we bring you a short story from the FC2 archive and a conversation between the author and a guest.
"Doing the Nasty," by Ricardo Cortez Cruz, from Straight Outta Compton, published by FC2 in 1991. Read by Mia Ellis. In the second part of the program, Ricardo is joined by poet Douglas Manuel.
Ricardo Cortez Cruz is the author of two novels from FC2, Straight Outta Compton and Five Days of Bleeding, as well as more than fifty pieces of fiction in journals and anthologies. He was the keynote speaker at the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award Ceremony. He is a Professor of English at Illinois State University.
Douglas Manuel has served as the Poetry Editor for Gold Line Press as well as one of the Managing Editors of Ricochet Editions. His first full-length collection of poems, Testify, won an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry. In 2018, he traveled to Egypt and Eritrea with The University of Iowa's International Writing Program to teach poetry. In 2020, he received the Dana Gioia Poetry Award and a fellowship from the Borchard Foundation Center on Literary Arts to travel to San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico to write.
"Story," by Mary Hope Whitehead Lee, from the anthology Chick Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, published by FC2 in 1995. Read by Mia Ellis. In the second part of the program, Mary Hope is joined by Marream Krollos. In addition to "Story," they discuss Mary Hope's poetry and collage volume Nuclear Waste, published by F*%K IF I KNOW//BOOKS in 2019.
"Au Milieu Intérieur," by Richard Grayson, from the anthology Statements 2, published by FC2 in 1977. Read by Madeleine Lambert. In the second part of the program, Richard is joined by Sarah Blackman.
Richard Grayson is a writer, political activist and performance artist, most noted for his books of short stories and his satiric runs for public office. He worked as an editorial assistant for The Fiction Collective in the 1970s under Jonathan Baumbach, his mentor in the Brooklyn College MFA program in fiction. His books include With Hitler in New York, Lincoln's Doctor's Dog and Other Stories, I Brake for Delmore Schwartz, I Survived Caracas Traffic, and The Silicon Valley Diet and Other Stories.
Sarah Blackman is the director of creative writing at The Fine Arts Center, an arts-dedicated public high school. She is the co–fiction editor of DIAGRAM and the founding editor of Crashtest, an online magazine for high school–age writers. Her short story collection Mother Box was the winner of the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2013; her novel, Hex, came out with FC2 in 2016. She is a member of the FC2 Editorial Board. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.
"Lifers," by Grant Maierhofer, from his collection Drain Songs, published by FC2 in 2019. Read by Mia Ellis. In the second part of the program, Grant is joined by Lucy Corin.
Grant Maierhofer is the author of Works (11:11 Press), Peripatet (Inside the Castle), Drain Songs (FC2), and others. His next book, Shame, is forthcoming from FC2 in 2022, alongside an experiment whose title is far too long to print here, on Inside the Castle. His shorter work is available via New Sinews, Terraform, and elsewhere. He teaches at Washington State University and lives in Moscow, Idaho, with his family.
Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney’s) and The Entire Predicament (Tin House) as well as a novel, Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2). The Swank Hotel, her second novel, is forthcoming from Graywolf. She was an American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Prize winner and an NEA fellow in literature. She lives in Berkeley, California, and teaches at UC Davis.
"Vultures," by Amelia Gray, from her collection Museum of the Weird, published by FC2 in 2010. Read by Madeleine Lambert. In the second part of the program, Amelia is joined by Sarah Rose Etter, author of The Book of X and winner of the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award.
"The Watermelon Body," by Vi Khi Nao, from her collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture, published by FC2 in 2017. Read by Madeleine Lambert. In the second part of the program, Vi is joined by writer Brian Evenson, author of over twenty books including Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press, 2019), as well as The Wavering Knife (2004) from FC2.