The Sky Is a Well and Other Shorts

The Sky Is a Well and Other Shorts

Winner of the First Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest
With an introduction by contest judge Ron Carlson

Lyric and gritty, glowing and graceful, The Sky Is a Well and Other Shorts is a complex and compact collection from Claudia Smith, funny-sad master of the short short form.  Evocative of places and times long gone or going, the ephemera of memory and emotion, youth and age, each story unfolds like a song on a concept album—the pieces can stand alone, but together they blend into a seamless whole you’ll want to hear again and again.

The two-color letterpress covers of this beautiful chapbook were printed at the Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts, and each copy was saddle-sewn together by hand.

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«Each of Claudia Smith’s short shorts is a tilted memory of love and loss […] There is a natural accuracy in these brief narratives; the stories are short; her voice is true.»

Ron Carlson

Claudia Smith lives San Antonio, Texas with her husband and son. She attended Bard College, the University of Texas, and the Writing Seminars graduate program at Johns Hopkins. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her fiction has appeared in RedividerThe Mississippi Review online, Juked, Night Train, Elimae, Failbetter, Opium, and Word Riot, among others. She is a contributing web editor for Hobart magazine. Her stories have been anthologized in Norton’s New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond and So New Media’s Consumed: Women on Excess. Visit her website here.