Matthew Pitt is the author of the previous story collection Attention Please Now, winner of the Autumn House Fiction Prize and finalist for the Writers' League of Texas Book Award. Stories of his have received numerous awards, are cited in The Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies, and appear in Best New American Voices, Cincinnati Review, Oxford American, Conjunctions, Epoch, and the Southern Review, among other publications. A native of St. Louis, he lives with his wife and daughters in Fort Worth, where he teaches at TCU.
About These Are Our Demands:
The characters in These Are Our Demands grasp at chances forever bobbing away. Their lack of power may be due to language or cultural barriers, racial or age discrimination, or because they hail from parts of the country where merely getting by passes for rousing success. These twelve narratives range in aesthetic from tidy realism to a more slanted, fabulist bent, and are concerned with the contours of where our culture is headed-whether that means colonizing the moon because of a tourist scheme gone awry, or an abandoned town populated by blind bluesmen, faithfully awaiting their lovers' return. Through subversive satire, this collection explores ways in which consignment to the margins opens up a kind of wilderness beyond the borders of polite society.
About Alex Lemon:
Alex Lemon is a poet and the author of two works of nonfiction: Happy, selected by Kirkus as one of the best memoirs of 2010. His collections of poems include The Wish Book, Fancy Beasts, Hallelujah Blackout, and Mosquito; a fifth, Or Beauty, is forthcoming. His writing has appeared in Esquire, River Teeth, Best American Poetry, AGNI, Bomb, Pleiades, and many other magazines and journals. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, as well as the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University and is Associate Professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where he lives.
Brain surgery. Assault weapons in the bed of a pickup truck. Rilke, Rodin, and the craters of the moon. Recovery and disintegration. Monkeys stealing an egg outside a temple in Kathmandu. Brushing teeth bloody on long car rides. Pain, ours and what we bring to others. Wildfires in southern California. Rats in Texas. Childhood abuse. Dreams of tigers and blackout nights. The sweetness of mangoes. A son born into a shadowy hospital room. Love. Joy.
In Feverland, Alex Lemon has created a fragmented exploration of what it means to be a man in the tumult of twenty-first-century America—and a harrowing, associative memoir about how we live with the beauties and horrors of our pasts. How to be here, now? Lemon asks. How to be here, good? Immersed in darkness but shot through with light, this is a thrillingly experimental memoir from one of our most heartfelt and inventive writers.