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The Art of the Short Story: Diane Williams on How High? — That High with Matthew Daddona

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Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT October 13, 2021

Online via Zoom & at
The Center for Fiction*

In-person* tickets include a $10 bookstore voucher, redeemable toward the featured event book on the night of the event. All registrants will receive a link to livestream the event.

Diane Williams, a master of the short story, celebrates the launch of How High? — That High, a new collection of short stories that expand the possibilities of fiction. The collection delivers a lifetime of insecurities, lusts, rejections, and revelations into ordinary moments, delivering visionary insights into what it means to be human. Williams’ devotees and new readers alike will be enthralled by the elegantly strange, bewitching stories

Williams will discuss How High? — That High, the art of the short story, and literary craft with Matthew Daddona (House of Sound), writer of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and senior editor at Dey Street Books.


*Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event in person. Mask wearing is also required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • CDC vaccination card
  • Excelsior pass
  • a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who administered your vaccine

If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please contact us at health@centerforfiction.org for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation.

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In Conversation

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    Diane Williams

    Diane Williams

    Diane Williams is the founder and editor of the distinguished literary annual, NOON, the archive of which, as well as Williams’ personal literary archive, was acquired in 2014 by the Lilly Library. She is the author of nine previous volumes of short fiction and the recipient of four Pushcart Prizes. She lives in New York City.

    Photo Credit: Sarah Wilmer

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    Matthew Daddona

    Matthew Daddona

    Matthew Daddona is an editor and writer based in New York. As a senior editor at Dey Street Books, an imprint of the world-famous HarperCollins Publishers, he has edited and published numerous New York Times and national bestsellers. His own fiction, poetry, and non-fiction has been published in Outside, Fast Company, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, UPROXX, Amtrak’s The National, Guernica, Tin House, Slice Magazine, The Southampton Review, The Rumpus, Writer’s Digest, and other outlets. His debut poetry collection, House of Sound, was published by Wandering Aengus Press in October 2020. As a former member of Flashpoint/NYC, a New York City writing collaborative, he has performed his poetry and prose in over twenty venues across the five boroughs. Matthew is also the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize for poetry, and his flash fiction piece “On Shaft Mining” was a runner-up for The Blue Earth Review’s 2017 fiction contest. He is currently working on his novel, to be submitted to publishers in the fall of 2021.

    Photo Credit: Kathleen Dempsey