Tuesday, March 21 – Melissa Yancy

My guest on Bibliocracy Radio, noon on Tuesday, is short story writer Melissa Yancy.  “Richly layered” is how the publishers of her debut collection describe the emotional, intellectual and artistic composition of the nine remarkable short stories included in Dog Years, which won the 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, a big deal in American fiction.  Indeed, the sly but honest associations – of people and of ideas — in Dog Years display the craft and insight of a deft young writer who combines insight with expertise to illustrate in her characters a gently surprising challenge of their own realities, and of ours.  I was most engaged by the easy shift among confidently offered perspectives, and the through-line of misapprehension and misunderstanding confronted, considered, often resolved.  Melissa Yancy’s previous work has appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, Prairie Schooner, Zyzzyva, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. Dog Years was selected by Richard Russo (!) as winner of the prestigious 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Yancy is a graduate of the Masters of Professional Writing Program at USC, lives in Los Angeles and works doing good work in the non-profit health care world. This is a gorgeous and compelling collection, one of my own recent favorites.  Thanks for listening, on the radio or online, or later as a free download (Thanks, Ali Lexa!) at the KPFK Audio Archives.