Kathy Fish

Kathy Fish's flash fiction collection Wild Life is available now from Matter Press. Another collection of short fiction, Together We Can Bury It, is forthcoming later this year from Cow Heavy Books.

what are you reading now

This is Not Your City by Caitlin Horrocks and it's as great as everyone says it is.

classic you’ve been meaning to read

Ulysses by James Joyce (I've tried, many times)

last book you finished in a single sitting

We Take Me Apart by Molly Gaudry

if you could write yourself into any novel or short story

I'd love to write myself into Anne of Green Gables so I could see Prince Edward Island in the springtime.

most treasured book in your collection

Anna Karenina - I think I've read it four times now. Feels different every time. My copy is a paperback and it's kind of falling apart.

if you could subscribe to only one literary journal

I'm going to cheat a little and say Quick Fiction. I subscribed for years and have kept every issue. I was deeply sad to see it go. One of my current favorites is Ninth Letter.

best thing you’ve read online recently

"Three Apocalypses" by Lucy Corin in Wigleaf

most anticipated upcoming release

Books by friends who are amazing writers. Jeff Landon has two books coming out very soon, Emily Avenue from Fast Forward Press and Truck Dancing from Matter Press. Also, Myfanwy Collins's debut novel Echolocation is coming out early next year from Engine Books.

recommended reading list:

Weird Chicks

Once, a writer/editor I really like and respect responded to one of my stories by saying, "You're a weird chick, Fish." I loved that! I love weirdness in all its varied forms: dark, surreal, funny, edgy, odd. So the theme of my recommended reading list is "Weird Chicks." I have huge admiration and affection for the following books and their writers. I recommend them highly:

- Museum of the Weird by Amelia Gray

- Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill

- Tongue Party by Sarah Rose Etter

- Daddy's by Lindsay Hunter

- You Must Be This Happy to Enter by Elizabeth Crane

- Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories by Carson McCullers

- The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

- Honored Guest by Joy Williams


Ryan Ridge

Ryan Ridge is the author of the story collection Hunters & Gamblers and the poetry collection Ox. In 2013, Mud Luscious Press will publish his novel(la) American Homes. He lives in Long Beach, California, and is working on the second book of his American trilogy, American Dreams. He can be found online at www.ryanridge.com

what are you reading now

I’m reading Charles Portis’s first novel Norwood. It’s got it all: ex-marines, circus midgets, portly sisters, psychic chickens, etc. Awesome characters all around. Lean prose. Amazing dialogue. Portis gets things moving and keeps them moving. One of the all time great “road novels.”

classic you’ve been meaning to read

Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, but I’m saving it for my deathbed.

last book to make you laugh out loud

Mike Topp’s Sasquatch Stories made me LOL a lot.

book you borrowed and never returned

Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman

strangest dream involving a book, writer, or literary character

Recently I dreamed Donald Barthelme and I were coaching a high school cross country team. We just sat in the bleachers the whole time, smoking cigarettes and drinking gin. Telling the kids to run faster at irregular intervals. I think the dream was about teaching pedagogies.

most scribble-ridden book in your collection

My copy of Airships by Barry Hannah has a second book in the margins.

book you’ve planted on a coffee table to impress someone

I don’t think I’ve ever done this (consciously at least), but on my coffee table now I have: William Eggleston’s Guide, Three Hundred Years of American Painting by Alexander Eliot, Where Children Sleep by James Mollison, The Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware, as well as a couple old Time Life books (one on mountains and the other is about The Gold Rush). Are you impressed? A little bit?

if you could subscribe to only one literary journal

Tough question. There are so many good journals. I’d say Artifice if I had to chose just one. Their aesthetic resonates with me. I think they’re my favorite. No one else is doing anything like them. They're originals.

best thing you’ve read online recently

Stoked Volume II is incredible. Every piece is worth reading.

most anticipated upcoming release

Roxane Gay’s Ayiti (Artistically Declined Press)

Michael Bible’s Simple Machines (Awesome Machine Press)

Mel Bosworth’s Freight (Folded Word Press)

Derek White’s Ark Codex 0 (Calamari Press)

recommended reading list:

Titular Characters I’d Invite to a Cookout

- Ray by Barry Hannah

- Fay by Larry Brown

- Motorman by David Ohle

- Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson

- Notable American Women by Ben Marcus

- Willard and His Bowling Trophies by Richard Brautigan

- Don Quixote by Cervantes

- Norwood by Charles Portis

- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy