Paul Luikart And Cameron Dezen Hammon Will Break Your Heart.

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Paul Luikart will read from his brand new, kick-ass short story collection, "Animal Heart," and Cameron Dezen Hammon will read an essay called "Infirmary Music" forthcoming from The Literary Review.

About Animal Heart by Paul Luikart

A cabbie with a booze problem pities a murderer and helps him flee into the desert. A homeless woman teaches a businessman how to dance. A bank robber on the run does the only compassionate thing he’s ever done in his life when he encounters a band of wild horses. A man hunts and kills his romantic rival, then presents the love of his life with a token of his affection. The desk clerk at a fleabag hotel blesses the dead.

The short stories in Animal Heart pay attention to raggedy characters in need of redemption—whether they realize it or not. Fans of Nelson Algren, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, Annie Proulx, and Jess Walter will appreciate the collection.

About Paul Luikart
Paul Luikart’s work has appeared in Barrelhouse, Cheap Pop, Chicago Quarterly Review, Curbside Splendor, Foliate Oak Magazine, Foundling Review, Hobart, Johnny America, The Monarch Review, Mojave River Review, New World Writing, Pacifica Literary Review, Pithead Chapel, Relief Quarterly, The Rampallian, Santa Fe Writers Project, Spartan, Split Lip Magazine, Sixfold Magazine, Synaesthesia, Two Hawks Quarterly, Vector Press, WhiskeyPaper, Word Riot, and Yalobusha Review. He has been nominated for Queen’s Ferry Press’ Best Small Fictions collection, Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net anthology, and a Pushcart Prize. His MFA in creative writing is from Seattle Pacific University. Animal Heart is his first book. He and his family live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


About Infirmary Music by Cameron Dezen Hammon
I am asked to sing for a friend’s dying father. I learn that the practice of using music to aid passage from life to death comes from an ancient, Monastic tradition yet this knowledge seems only to underscore my limping faith. I struggle to comfort my friend and her family while wrestling with my own lack of spiritual practice, and feeling deeply unsure of what I believe.

"Infirmary Music" is a chapter from my memoir-in-progress "This Is My Body," about a crisis of faith that came a decade after my dramatic conversion from liberal agnosticism to conservative evangelicalism, and the subsequent long, slow journey back to the self.

About Cameron Dezen Hammon
Cameron Dezen Hammon is a writer and musician living in Houston, Texas. Her essays and poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Houston Chronicle, The Literary Review, The Toast, Columbia Poetry Review, Gigantic Sequins, NYLON Magazine, and elsewhere. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University, and her latest musical endeavor, a feminist re-write of fourteen, 80s pop songs, was released through Pledge Music in March 2016. Find her www.camerondezenhammon.com
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