Charles Baxter to Judge 2013 Wabash Prize for Fiction

by Dallas Woodburn, Fiction Editor Sycamore Review is proud to announce that award-winning novelist, essayist, poet and short-story writer Charles Baxter will be selecting the winner of our 2013 Wabash Prize for Fiction. First prize is $1,000 and publication in the next issue ofSycamore Review. Charles Baxter was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester … Continue reading Charles Baxter to Judge 2013 Wabash Prize for Fiction

Review of The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men: Stories by Adam Prince

By Dallas Woodburn, Fiction Editor Adam Prince’s debut collection of short stories, The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men, opens with an epigraph from Wright Morris’ The Works of Love: “What the world needed, it seemed, was a traveler who would stay right there in the bedroom, or open the door and walk slowly about his … Continue reading Review of The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men: Stories by Adam Prince

Messy, intricate lives: Antonya Nelson’s latest novel BOUND

by Dallas Woodburn, Fiction Editor Antonya Nelson opens her collection of short stories Female Trouble with a quote by Oscar Wilde: “Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.” This perfectly captures the women who populate Nelson’s fiction—complex women with a wide variety of thoughts, problems, desires and fears. Her characters … Continue reading Messy, intricate lives: Antonya Nelson’s latest novel BOUND

Aimee Bender to Judge 2012 Wabash Prize for Fiction

by Dallas Woodburn, Assistant Fiction Editor Sycamore Review is proud to announce that award-winning novelist and short-story writer Aimee Bender will be selecting the winner of our 2012 Wabash Prize for Fiction.  First prize is $1,000 and publication in the next issue of Sycamore Review. Bender is the author of four books: The Girl in the … Continue reading Aimee Bender to Judge 2012 Wabash Prize for Fiction

Violent Redemptions: A review of Jess Row’s NOBODY EVER GETS LOST

BY DALLAS WOODBURN To borrow (shamelessly) a simile from Forrest Gump beginning a Jess Row story is like sampling from a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to bite into. In his most recent collection, Nobody Ever Gets Lost, the title story centers around a young woman struggling to come to … Continue reading Violent Redemptions: A review of Jess Row’s NOBODY EVER GETS LOST

Aimee Bender on the burden of sensitivities: An interview

Sycamore recently ran a review of Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Now, Dallas Woodburn–current editorial assistant at Sycamore, and Bender’s former student–presents an intriguing interview with Aimee Bender on Lemon Cake, the practice and craft of writing, and the difficulties of being sensitive to the world. Sycamore: As a professor of creative … Continue reading Aimee Bender on the burden of sensitivities: An interview