Hemmed in by what she ‘should’ be writing, Clare Beams turned a corner by freeing herself to write what would become the title story in her phenomenal collection WE SHOW WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED. James was fortunate enough to edit one of Clare’s stories for ONE STORY, and they discuss that experience as well as putting her collection together, how she ignored advice to maintain a consistent level of weird, and exploring the limitlessness of short fiction. Plus Emily Smith, publisher at Lookout Books, describes the unique program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Clare Beams

Clare and James discuss:

Columbia University

“The School” by Donald Barthelme

Kelly Link

Aimee Bender

Alice Munro

Hannah Tinti

Annie Hartnett

HAYDEN’S FERRY REVIEW

ECOTONE

LOOKOUT BOOKS

THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY

THE NEW YORKER

ONE STORY

Beth Staples

Emily Smith

Erin Kottke

BINOCULAR VISION by Edith Pearlman

PEN: Robert Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

Young Lions Fiction Award

Lookout Books

Emily and James discuss:

The Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Michelle Brower

ECOTONE

National Endowment for the Arts

Association of Writing Programs

David Gessner

Jeff Sharlet

The Publishing Laboratory

Stanley Colbert

THE BOTTLE CHAPEL AT AIRLIE GARDENS: A TRIBUTE TO MINNIE EVANS

BACKYARD CAROLINA by Andy Wood

THE HATTARASMAN by Ben Dixon MacNeill

BINOCULAR VISION by Edith Pearlman

GOD BLESS AMERICA by Steve Almond

Beth Staples

Anna Lena Phillips Bell

Melissa Crowe

BELOIT POETRY JOURNAL

HONEY FROM THE LION by Matthew Neill Null

South Arts

“Granna” by Clare Beams

“We Show What We Have Learned” by Clare Beams

Ben George

WHEN ALL THE WORLD IS OLD: POEMS by John Rybicki

RIVER BEND CHRONICLE by Ben Miller

MADRAS PRESS

Sumanth Prabhaker

Corinne Manning

THE JAMES FRANCO REVIEW

PLOUGHSHARES

REDIVIDER

ONE STORY

INSURRECTIONS by Rion Amilcar Scott

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