Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard
Selected Fiction from Six Decades of The Georgia Review

Edited by Stephen Corey with Douglas Carlson, David Ingle, and Mindy Wilson
Foreword by Barry Lopez

Outstanding short fiction from one of the nation's best literary magazines


"Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard is an anthology of twenty-eight stories that must be read, from the backcountry blues of Jesse Stuart and Harry Crews to the intellectual sophistication of Fred Pfeil and Fred Chappell, from Pam Durban's terrific "This Heat" to Donald Hall's blistering "The World Is a Bed," from Jim Heynen's charming "Stories about the Boys" to Jack Driscoll's devastating story about a boy named Judge. In my experience, no other literary publication could shape an anthology as wide in its range of subjects or as varied in its modes of telling. This is not only an excellent anthology but an exciting one."
—Kelly Cherry, author of We Can Still Be Friends: A Novel

"When a journal can bring together work originally published in its pages by such authors as diverse as Mary Hood and Harry Crews, Pam Durban and T. C. Boyle, Jesse Stuart and Ernest J. Gaines, John Edgar Wideman and Jack Driscoll, we readers out here are blessed beyond measure. This is a worthy book. Period."
—Bret Lott, author of Ancient Highway

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Founded at the University of Georgia in 1947 and published there ever since, The Georgia Review has become one of America's most highly regarded journals of arts and letters. Never stuffy and never shallow, The Georgia Review seeks a broad audience of intellectually open and curious readers—and strives to give those readers rich content that invites and sustains repeated attention and consideration. Pulitzer Prize winners and never-before-published writers are equals during the journal's manuscript evaluation process, whose goal is to identify and print stories, poems, and essays that promise to be of lasting merit.

The year 2012 marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of The Georgia Review, and Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard will acknowledge that milestone by presenting a selection of the remarkable short fiction published across the decades. The collection includes the work of well-known writers, many of whom were not yet so well known when first selected for publication by The Georgia Review, and also highlights compelling work from writers whose names may not be as familiar but whose stories are equally compelling and memorable.

The stories collected here—each one vivid, distinctive, and worthwhile to read—stand as testament to the significance of The Georgia Review's decades of work to identify and promote writing of exceptional quality.

Publication of this book was made possible, in part, by the President's Venture Fund through generous gifts of the University of Georgia Partners.

Page count: 384 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9

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Stephen Corey is editor of The Georgia Review and the author of nine collections of poems, most recently There Is No Finished World. Douglas Carlson and David Ingle are assistant editors, and Mindy Wilson is managing editor at The Georgia Review.