TRIGGER MAN: Congratulations to Jim Ray Daniels!

by Conor Broughan, Fiction Editor Congratulations to Jim Ray Daniels, contributor in the 23.1 Winter/Spring issue, for his new book Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City published by Michigan State University Press. The editors at Sycamore Review have been longtime fans of Mr. Daniels poetry and fiction.You can read an excerpt from “Candy Necklace,” … Continue reading TRIGGER MAN: Congratulations to Jim Ray Daniels!

Joe B. Sills: A Minefield of Concussive but Potentially Enlightening Moments

Conor Broughan, Fiction Editor The editors at Sycamore Review were thrilled when judge Antonya Nelson chose Joe B. Sills story “The Duck” as the 2011 Wabash Fiction prize winner. Nelson said of the story, “This story stands out for being both entirely original, and entirely paying homage to the father of short story writers, Anton Chekhov. … Continue reading Joe B. Sills: A Minefield of Concussive but Potentially Enlightening Moments

ITEMS FOR EXCHANGE: Excerpt and Author Response

Conor Broughan, Fiction Editor Many readers of Sycamore Review are also writers. So we wanted to pose a few craft questions to contributor Naomi Williams that might illuminate her process and techniques when writing “Items for Exchange” which can be read in its entirety in Issue 23.2-Summer/Fall 2011. *** by Naomi J. Williams PLAUSIBILITY He … Continue reading ITEMS FOR EXCHANGE: Excerpt and Author Response

The Good Intentions Paving Company: T.C. Boyle’s WHEN THE KILLING’S DONE

BY CONOR BROUGHAN T.C. Boyle prefaced Wild Child, his 2010 collection of short stories, with a short quote from the Henry David Thoreau essay “Walking” that reads: “In Wildness is the preservation of the world.” This quote wonderfully describes not only the tigers, feral children, cloned dogs, rats, and pastoral moments found in that collection, … Continue reading The Good Intentions Paving Company: T.C. Boyle’s WHEN THE KILLING’S DONE

A Festival of Bad News: A review of Jim Shepard’s YOU THINK THAT’S BAD

BY CONOR BROUGHAN In Jim Shepard’s short story “Your Fate Hurtles Down at You,” a group of men in Switzerland call themselves the die Harschbloden: the Frozen Idiots. They are part of a federal government commission to study avalanche defense measures in the Alps, and they risk their lives by living in the avalanche zone … Continue reading A Festival of Bad News: A review of Jim Shepard’s YOU THINK THAT’S BAD

Backings and Forthings and Rethinkings: An interview with Edith Pearlman

by CONOR BROUGHAN Sycamore Review is honored to publish “Last Words,” a new story by Edith Pearlman, in our forthcoming Winter/Spring 2011 issue. On January 11th, Lookout Books published a volume of her new and selected stories which we review below. Be sure to read our online review. Edith Pearlman has published more than 250 works of … Continue reading Backings and Forthings and Rethinkings: An interview with Edith Pearlman