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Alone With All That Could Happen: On Writing Fiction (Revised & Expanded Edition) was published by Press 53 In December, 2022. It contains eight essays that take a descriptive, rather than prescriptive, approach to the craft of fiction. They describe the various technical possibilities available to fiction writers and, further, they analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each possibility, the effects each choice we make has on the work as a whole. Although the essays are grounded in literary history and tradition, they frequently depart from the reigning dogma of our time, as expressed both in standard creative writing textbooks and in the practice of many contemporary fiction writers. (Note: The first edition of this book was published in hardcover in 2008 by Writer's Digest Books and reprinted in softcover as On Writing Fiction: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about the Craft in 2011. All seven of the original essays have been revised, updated, and expanded and an eighth essay has been added.)


Bret Lott, the author of Jewel, Ancient Highway, Dead Low Tide, Before We Get Started: A Practical Memoir of the Writer's Life, and numerous other books, says in the Foreword that David Jauss is "a writer whose work I respect and admire utterly, and from whom I myself have learned a great deal about writing. ... You'll find in these pages, whether he is writing about such practical matters as point of view or such seemingly esoteric issues as Janusian thinking, a teacher who cares deeply about his students and a writer who cares just as deeply about the power of words and all they can mean." And he concludes: "The best way I know to discover how words do their work, and to understand how they can become art, is for the apprentice to study with a fierce and compassionate master of that art. David Jauss is just such a master, and this book grants its readers—you who desire to know what it means to write—an invaluable course of study..."


In Fiction Writers Review, novelist Philip Graham says, "On Writing Fiction: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about the Craft . . . is a book that lives up to its audacious title, and has the further backup of being written by an award-winning short story writer and a master of the form."




Nice People: New & Selected Stories II (Press 53, 2017) is available in both paper and hardcover editions. A companion volume to Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories, Nice People contains revisions of four works from previous collections, including the novella "Last Rites," and nine new stories. To order, please go to https://www.press53.com/short-fiction/nice-people-by-david-jauss


On Writing Fiction: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about the Craft, originally published by Writer's Digest Books, was translated into Chinese and published in 2017 by Bejing's Renmin University Press as part of their Creative Writing Book Series.


Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories, which includes 11 stories from my previous books and 6 new stories, was published in Sept. 2013 by Press 53. The book is available for order at https://www.press53.com/short-fiction/glossolalia-by-david-jauss


Black Maps, my AWP Award-winning collection of short stories, has been reissued in ebook format by Dzanc Books as part of their rEprint series. To order a copy, please go to http://www.amazon.com/Black-Grace-Paley-Prize-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00D668JE4/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1442783659&sr=8-14&keywords=Black+Maps


Crimes of Passion was also reissued as part of Dzanc Books' rEprint series. To order a copy, please go to http://www.amazon.com/Crimes-Passion-David-Jauss-ebook/dp/B00NX3UYSY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442783901&sr=8-1&keywords=David+Jauss+Crimes+of+Passion


Here are some endorsements of my fiction:


"If I were in charge of the seating arrangements, I'd reserve a place for David Jauss in the very first row of contemporary American fiction writers. Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories is why. Each of the stories within delivers stunning revelations of deep human truths, and each hitches Jauss's formidable storytelling powers to his very good heart. I'm in awe of this collection." —WALLY LAMB, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True


"These incredibly accomplished short stories are cause for celebration; whether the characters are male or female, young or old, from the majority or from the minority, David Jauss renders them with the compassionate mastery of a true and humble artist. His prose is at once lean and generous, sensual and intelligent, edgy without being judgmental. Glossolalia is an absolute triumph of the short form by a master of it, and you will not read a better collection anywhere." —ANDRE DUBUS III, author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie: A Memoir


"For more than three decades David Jauss has been quietly crafting gems of literature. In Glossolalia he demonstrates yet again the skill, insight, and artistry that have earned him a place among the very best American writers. His talent runs deep." —CLINT MCCOWN, author of Haints and War Memorials


"I have long admired David Jauss's fiction—the tough, yet gentle intelligence in it. But having these stories together in this beautiful selection is such a pleasure. I've been going through the book slowly, savoring each story; each comprises what Peter Taylor called 'an evening's entertainment.' Yes indeed. An evening's superior entertainment." —RICHARD BAUSCH, author of The Stories of Richard Bausch and Before, During, After


"David Jauss's work was a huge influence on me as a young writer, and I'm grateful that his smart, wise, deeply heartfelt stories are being collected in this beautiful new edition [Glossolalia]."—DAN CHAON, author of Among the Missing and Ill Will


"I have long been a great admirer of the work of David Jauss, though admirer is too weak a word. More like a fanatical fan. His stories have been personal landmarks for as long as I have been writing ('Glossolalia' is itself worth the price of admission), but with this new book [Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories] one can see the man and his work in all their literary glory. The new stories are stronger than ever, which is saying a lot, given the power of the early work, and the publication of this collection is an occasion for all readers to cheer." —BRET LOTT, author of Jewel and Dead Low Tide 


"These powerful stories are about conditions of exile and the many contemporary varieties of American violence and American shame. Written with clarity and compassion and an ability to see several sides of life simultaneously, Black Maps is a moving, impressive, deeply rewarding collection from a very talented writer." —LORRIE MOORE, author of Birds of America and A Gate at the Stairs


"Black Maps is a near-perfect story collection." —PHILIP GRAHAM, author of How to Read an Unwritten Language and Interior Design: Stories


"What a fine collection David Jauss has written. ... The language of this book [Crimes of Passion] is clearly consecrated to its characters: they and their predicaments are more important to Jauss than is any need to show us how rich his gift is. It is very, very rich." —FREDERICK BUSCH, author of The Mutual Friend and The Stories of Frederick Busch


"Crimes of Passion is a remarkably varied performance, speaking to us at different times from 16th-century Spain and post-Vietnam America, in the voices of murderers, priests, and heart-broken lovers. The stories are executed with verve and wit, and one of them—'Shards'—is terrifying enough to have vexed my sleep for two nights running. A fine collection." —TOBIAS WOLFF, author of This Boy's Life and Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories




"A Conversation with David Jauss," an interview conducted by Vivian Dorsel, appears in upstreet, No. 16 (Summer 2020), 102-122. 


My poem "Black Orchid" was published in Turn It Up!: Music in Poetry from Jazz to Hip-Hop, an anthology edited by Stephen Cramer (West Brattleboro, VT: Sundog Poetry Center and Green Writers Press, 2020), 65-67. The poem was also translated into Chinese and published in Warm n' Cool: A Jazz Poetry Anthology, ed. Hung-ya Yen (Dark Eyes Publishing, 2020), 212-215.


My poem "Slow River" appears in Cascadia, a video and sound collage including spoken word produced by Bruce Bayard of Studio A.B in Ashland, Oregon. See https://vimeo.com/419274877


My essay "The Flowers of Afterthought: Premises and Strategies for Revision" was published on Feb. 3, 2020, in Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts. See https://gristjournal.com/category/essays/?fbclid=IwAR2cQ39UCV8Dce8oNhtvv4PZPbrUQV6h3D4jjOMQU6Ae27hftN0SLqLbVlw


My story "Torque" was published in The Short Story Project, Oct. 3, 2019. See https://www.shortstoryproject.com/story/torque/


My story "Glossolalia" was published in The Short Story Project, Oct. 3, 2019.  See https://www.shortstoryproject.com/story/glossolalia/


My story "Glossolalia" was a finalist for The Lascaux Prize for Fiction and appears in The Lascaux Prize, Vol. 5, edited by Camille Griep, Stephen Parrish, and Wendy Russ (Lascaux Books, 2019), 93-120.  


My story "Firelight" was published in Home: An Anthology, edited by William Burleson (Minneapolis, MN: Flexible Press, 2019), 138-170.


My essay "Beyond Plot: Structuring Fiction" was published in The Writer's Chronicle, Vol. 51, No. 5 (March/April 2019), 26-34.


Sixteen poems and one short story of mine were reprinted in 2018 in the 50th Anniversary issue of Perceptions Literary & Art Journal.

An interview by Dan Wickett appeared in Emerging Writers Network, June 8, 2018. See

My essay "The Art of Description" was published in The Writer’s Chronicle, Vol. 50, No. 4 (February 2018), 58-73.

An interview by Curtis Smith appeared in JMWW Literary Journal, November 28, 2017. See https://jmwwblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/good-people-an-interview-with-david-jauss-by-curtis-smith/

My story "The Year Nobody Died," which originally appeared in The Lascaux Review, was reprinted in The Literary Review as part of its "TLR Share" series. See http://www.theliteraryreview.org/tlr-share/the-year-nobody-died-the-lascaux-review/

My essay "'What We See With': Redefining Plot" was published in Short Fiction in Theory & Practice, Vol. 6, No. 2 (October 2016), 141-159.

Two poems, "Beauty" and "The Border," appear in Far Out: Poems about the Sixties (Wings Press, 2016), edited by Wendy Barker and David Parsons.

My story "Hazmat" was reprinted in Introduction to Creative Writing by James Meetze and Adam Deutsch (Bridgepoint Education, 2015).

My poem “You Are Not Here” appears in The Lascaux Prize 2015, edited by Stephen Parrish and Wendy Russ.

An interview by Bonnie ZoBell appeared in West Coast Interviews on Oct. 11, 2014. See http://bonniezobell.com/bonnie-zobell-blog/west-coast-interviews-david-jauss-2/

A four-part interview by Jodi Paloni was published in Catching Days on Sept. 23, Oct. 1, Oct. 2, and Oct. 3, 2014. See http://catchingdays.cynthianewberrymartin.com/2014/09/23/the-next-writer-in-the-series-october-1-2014/ ;
http://catchingdays.cynthianewberrymartin.com/2014/10/01/how-we-spend-our-days-david-jauss/ ;
http://catchingdays.cynthianewberrymartin.com/2014/10/02/catching-jauss-david-jauss-on-munro-chekhov-carver-and-the-short-story/ ; and http://catchingdays.cynthianewberrymartin.com/2014/10/03/catching-jauss-david-jauss-on-point-of-view/

An interview by Mary Akers was published in R.kv.ry Quarterly Literary Journal (July 2014). See http://rkvryquarterly.com/interview-with-david-jauss/

My story "Freeze" was reprinted in Storyville in Feb. 2014 along with a note about the story's composition.

My essay “The Reverse Side," which originally appeared in Shenandoah in 2011, was published in The Room and the World: Essays on the Poet Stephen Dunn (Syracuse University Press, 2014), edited by Laura McCullough.

I was interviewed by Shelagh Shapiro for her radio show Write the Book
(Sept. 2, 2013). See http://writethebook.podbean.com/2013/09/03/david-jauss-interview-259-9213/

"Feeding the Lake: Interview with David Jauss," conducted by Ross McMeekin, appeared in the August 2013 issue of Numero Cinq. See http://numerocinqmagazine.com/2013/08/03/feeding-the-lake-interview-with-david-jauss-ross-mcmeekin/

"Five Questions, Three Facts," an interview conducted by Christine Norris, appeared on the Press 53 blog on July 22, 2013. See http://press53.tumblr.com/post/56144659970/5-questions-3-facts

"Homo Sapiens vs. Homo Fictus," an essay on characterization, appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of The Writer's Chronicle.

"Hazmat," creative nonfiction, was published in Brevity, No. 41, Jan. 2013.  See http://www.brevitymag.com

An essay I wrote on the history of the controversial case of the West Memphis Three was published as an appendix to the ebook edition of Damien Echols's Life After Death (New York: Blue Rider Press, 2012), a collection of his death row writings that I helped edit. (An excerpt from the essay can be read by clicking on Miscellaneous Essays and Interviews on the My Publications page.)

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Abstraction?: Modes of Conveying Emotion" was published in The Writer's Chronicle, Vol. 44, No. 6 (May/Summer 2012), 64-79.

A guest "MFA Insider" column, "The Real Story Behind Low-Residency MFA Programs," was published in the February 2011 issue of Writer's Digest Magazine.

"A Crack in Everything: How We Know What’s Done Is Done," an essay exploring the issue of completion in a work of art, was included in The Haystack Reader: Collected Essays on Craft, 1991-2009, ed. Michael Alpert (Orono and Deer Isle, ME: University of Maine Press and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 2010).

An essay, "Returning Characters to Life: Chekhov's Subversive Endings," was published in the The Writer's Chronicle (March/April 2010).

Words Overflown by Stars: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight from the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program, an anthology of thirty-two essays on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that I edited, was published in January 2009 by Writer's Digest Books. (For the Table of Contents and an excerpt from the Preface, click on the link under Anthologies on the right.)

My essay "Remembering Lynda Hull” appeared in a special feature titled "Lynda Hull Remembered" in the Spring 2008 issue of Blackbird.  See http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v7n1/  Both a text and audio version of this essay, which I read as part of the panel “A Tribute to Lynda Hull” at the Association of Writers and Writing Progams’ annual conference in New York in January 2007, appears along with other essays from the AWP tribute by David Wojahn, Mark Doty, Elizabeth Alexander, and Brenda Shaughnessy. The special feature also includes an essay by Susan Aizenberg, two previously unpublished poems by Lynda Hull, and a video of Lynda reading her poem "The Window."