In 2nd Story’s new essay anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck (Elephant Rock Books), the twenty-three contributors unveil a wide range of topics through their personal narratives. We’ve got race relations in Roger’s Park, teaching kids about Dr. King, a gay man falling in love with a high school girl in Godspell, sex clubs in Amsterdam, murder in Rockford, death at Sea World Ohio, shower dances with drag queens, Xena Warrior princess, kiss-off letter to major universities, Sam Weller getting propositioned by a porn star two weeks after his wedding, fairies appearing in backyards, a guy trying to replicate Thoreau’s Walden cabin, chaos at The United Skates of America, slaying the great dragon of addiction, a Korean girl realizing her identity as she puts on eye shadow for the first time, and the life and death nature of teaching creative writing. The uniqueness of this anthology lies within the fact that each story was once performed upon a stage before an audience.
“…what a treat, the genre, the writers, and the Chicagoness of it all. As we said, sometimes things come to you, and they’re like a gift, and this collection is a gift, and it will linger, so please do take a look, because it just might change your life.” -Ben Tanzer, This Blog Will Change Your Life
PATRICIA ANN McNAIR is the author of The Temple of Air, a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors Best Book Award and Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. She’s received four Illinois Arts Council Awards and was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation US Professor of the Year. McNair teaches in Columbia College Chicago’s Fiction Writing Department.
JC AEVALIOTIS is a Chicago-based writer and performer who holds a master’s degree in religion and theater from Yale Divinity School. He has performed with various Second City-affiliated ensembles and several live-lit outfits in Chicago, and his writing has been seen in Playboy and heard on Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ.
ERIC CHARLES MAY is an associate professor in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago and a former reporter for The Washington Post. His fiction has appeared in Fish Stories and F Magazine. In addition to Post reporting, his nonfiction has appeared in Sport Literate and the Chicago Tribune.
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