Fiction (& more) from around The Center

We're pleased to feature new work from around the web from our students, members, and NYC Emerging Writer Fellows. Click through the links to read the pieces and purchase these wonderful lit mags. We hope you enjoy! 

Check out the latest issue of Post Road with writing student Julia Strayer's story "The Goldfish"

Naomi Feigelson Chase (NYC Emerging Writer Fellow 2015) has published a novel in verse about Empress Galla Placidia, the only woman to rule Rome. Copies of The Journals of Empress Galla Placidia from Her Faithful Servant Lepida are available now. 


Former NYC Emerging Writer Fellow and CFA student Seamus Scanlon had his fourth flash fiction piece in Mondays Are Murder on the Akashic Books site published called The Great Fire of Galway.   


Are you a member of the Center for Fiction community with a new publication? E-mail so we can share it! 

An excerpt from Ways to Disappear 
by Idra Novey

What happens when a famous author disappears up an almond tree with just a suitcase and a cigar? In the case of Idra Novey's much-buzzed-about new novel Ways to Disappear that means a translator, the author's children, a loan shark, and even the country of Brazil start looking for her. In this excerpt, we get a clue to the infamous Beatriz Yagoda's whereabouts. 


"The esteemed literary publisher Roberto Rocha liked to test his steaks to see if the meat was worth what he had paid for it. The test had to do with the density of the smoke once the steaks began to sizzle. With the works of fiction he selected for his press, he tested for density as well, for something tender in the middle yet still heavy enough to blacken the air." READ MORE

This Writer: On Social Work and Fiction

by Rosalie Knecht


Over at LitHub our former NYC Emerging Writer Fellow Rosalie Knecht writes about her dual life as a social worker and a writer and how the lines between fiction and reality can become blurred. Rosalie's debut novel Relief Map is out now from Tin House!


"I’ve always been a writer and I’ve always found this fact embarrassing. Writing fiction is a suspiciously childlike activity. If I meet you at a party I will tell you I’m a social worker, which is also true, and then try to get you to talk about yourself instead."  READ more



The Other Stories

The Center is pleased to let you know about a fantastic new podcast, The Other Stories. It's a podcast for new, emerging, and struggling writers. Each episode features a work of fiction read by the author set to an originallly composed soundtrack. Following the reading, host Ilana Masad interviews the writers about their fiction, their work, and their writing lives. 


Check out their new episode featuring "The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of Dick & Jani" by Julia Lee Barclay-Morton.