The Short Story: Getting In Between Spaces
with Vinh Nguyen, Souvankham Thammavongsa, and Jack Wang
Short stories are a snapshot; the space between Points A and B.
This “in-between” genre seems perfectly suited to stories about in-between spaces. How do writers capture these complicated spaces? What are their strategies for using the short story to its full advantage? Vinh Nguyen hosts this conversation with Souvankham Thammavongsa and Jack Wang to delve into the tricky, efficient, and effective nature of short story telling.
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VINH NGUYEN specializes in refugee, immigrant, and diasporic literature and culture. He is a non-fiction editor at The New Quarterly, where he helps to curate the “Scatterings” series. In 2017, he was awarded the John C. Polanyi Prize in Literature. He is currently working on a critical memoir.
SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA is the author of four poetry books, and the short story collection How to Pronounce Knife, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, out now with McClelland & Stewart (Canada), Little, Brown (U.S.), and Bloomsbury (U.K.). Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and Granta. She was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand and was raised and educated in Toronto where she now lives.
JACK WANG received a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Florida State University. In 2014–15, he held the David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Stories in his debut collection, We Two Alone (House of Anansi Press), have been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Journey Prize, and have appeared in PRISM International, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Humber Literary Review, and Joyland. Originally from Vancouver, Jack Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he lives with his wife, novelist Angelina Mirabella, and their two daughters.