Alan Ziegler | 'Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms'

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Alan Ziegler
Professor, Director of Pedagogy
On March 26, Alan Ziegler released Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms, which he edited. The book collects hundreds of pieces (under 1250 words) from 24 Western countries, written over five centuries by more than 200 contributors, including major authors of every era. Fables, histories, aphorisms, anecdotes, faux dictionary entries, a faux job application, hint fiction, lists, tableaus, meditations, chants, rants, and much more. Contributors include Montaigne, Samuel Beckett, Ben Marcus, Virginia Woolf and Dave Eggers. Pastiche Magazine calls the book, "the best introduction to short prose that both experienced and inexperienced readers could wish for."
 
Ziegler's grants and awards include a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Word Beat Fiction Book Award (selected by George Plimpton), four PEN Syndicated Fiction awards, a CAPS (Creative Artists in Public Service) fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts grants for Some literary magazine and Release Press, which he co-edited. His books include The Swan Song of Vaudeville: Tales and TakesThe Green Grass of Flatbush (stories); So Much To Do (poems); The Writing Workshop, Volumes I and II; and The Writing Workshop Note Book. In 2011, Narrative Library published a collection of his work, Love at First Sight: An Alan Ziegler Reader.
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