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Barry Graham


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Website: Dogzplot.com

Barry Graham is Editor-in-chief of Dogzplot, as well as teaching writing at Monroe County Community College. He is widely published in Storyglossia, Pindeldyboz, Elimae, Prick of the Spindle, Frigg, Smokelong Quarterly, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Thieves Jargon, Dicey Brown, Wigleaf, Cella's Round Trip, as well as many others He is also an avid poker player.

Short Story Collections

The National Virginity Pledge: Short Stories and Other Lies 
Another Sky Press, 2009

Reviewed by Julia Bohanna

 Interview with Barry Graham

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?

Barry Graham: I wrote the stories in The National Virginity Pledge over a course of a year and some odd months.

TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

BG: No, I didn’t sit down and say, I want to write a story collection, I think all the stories work well together because I was in the same place mentally when I wrote them.

TSR: How did you choose which stories to include and in what order?

BG: Natural selection. I knew which story I wanted to start with and which one I wanted to end with and the rest I just arranged until they felt right.

TSR: What does the word "story" mean to you?

BG:  Words, that when forced together, mean something to someone.

TSR: Do you have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?

BG:  Myself. I don’t mean that I don’t intend for my words to be read, just that the only person I attempt to satisfy is me.

TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection, anything at all?

BG: What did the cover taste like when you licked it? I always wonder if people react physically to the stories. If not than I consider it a failure.

TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?

BG: I like it a lot.

TSR: What are you working on now?

BG: I’m working on two novels and a collection of flash fiction collages.

TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

BGStories - Scott McClanahan, Big World – Mary Miller, When I Moved to Nevada – Jamie Iredell