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New Short Fiction Roundup: David Beaty, Anna Catalano, Vanessa Chan

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There’s a lot of great new fiction out there by DISQUIET alumni. Here are a few that we know about – check them out if you can!


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David Beaty holds the record for the most Disquiet programs attended in a row – all of them! You may remember “Toad” from 2019’s fiction workshop with Camille Bordas –  and even if you don’t, you can read it now in Green Mountains Review.

2018 alum Anna Catalano‘s story “Lazarus”  can be found in the Spring 2020 issue of Planet Scumm – an energetic and extremely readable triannual magazine of short science fiction with a hilarious editorial voice. Check them out at!

Vanessa Chan was shortlisted for the Disquiet Prize in 2019. Her story “Coronation” can be found in Porter House Review, a great-looking online journal from Texas State University.


All-Star Essay Collection including Jen Hirt

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Disquiet alum Jen Hirt joins Jericho Brown, Camille T. Dungy, Naomi Shihab Nye, Elena Passarello, and many, many more in Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, a project of the online journal

All royalties from sale of the book will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Union of Concerned Scientists.

Out Now! Bubblegum by Adam Levin and Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht by Catherine Moore

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Two new releases by Disquiet faculty and alumni are available today!

Adam Levin‘s new novel Bubblegum is out today, with an excerpt in Guernica for your reading pleasure.

Catherine Moore‘s chapbook-length collection of poems about bog bodies, Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht, is available now from Unsolicited Press – or read an excerpt in The Piltdown Review.