The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 16, No. 2


Guest Designer: Sfaustina

Sfaustina is an artist and graphic designer whose work has been exhibited internationally. He founded the first online graffiti magazine, Bloodwars, and designed and coauthored the book Bay Area Graffiti ’80s–’90s: Early Bombing (2011). Find his work at

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya has published stories in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and n+1. Born in Moscow in 1938, she is one of Russia’s most celebrated contemporary authors. Her collection There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories is forthcoming from Penguin in February 2013.

Daniel Alarcón is the author of two story collections, a graphic novel, and the novel Lost City Radio, winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize. He lives in San Francisco and is the executive producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast.

Sam Shepard is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than forty-five plays. As an actor, he has appeared in more than thirty films and received an Oscar nomination for The Right Stuff (1983). His story collection Great Dream of Heaven was a finalist for the W. H. Smith Literary Award. He lives in New York and Kentucky.

Janet Frame (1924–2004) was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. She wrote more than twenty works of fiction, poetry, and memoir, for which she was honored with many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) was a seminal writer of science fiction. Among his works are the novels The Man in the High Castle; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Ubik, which Time magazine named one of the best hundred novels published since 1923; Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said; and A Scanner Darkly.