The 2017 APS Emerging Writer Fellowships

September 22, 2016

We are pleased to announce that applications will open on October 1 for our 2017 Emerging Writer Fellowships.

There Will Never Be Another Person Like Jim Again

News Yiyun Li August 12, 2016

The first year I taught freshman rhetoric at Iowa, a young woman announced at the beginning of the semester that she was from a Catholic, white supremacist background.

On “A Lucky Man” by Jamel Brinkley

APS Classic Victor LaValle July 15, 2016

These stories deal in large-scale deceit and betrayal, there are painful things at work in this fiction, but much like the scene I described above, Jamel Brinkley regularly finds ways to pierce through the dramatic and find the subtle and humane lurking within.

On “Yes” by Elizabeth Gaffney

APS Classic Sasha Saben Callaghan June 2, 2016

I began reading Elizabeth Gaffney’s short story with a wince of parental recognition. Pets are hell, and having to explain their traumatic demise to a small, tear-stained child usually leads to an existential crisis, followed by the dubious consolation of hunting down some equally doomed replacement.


Good Books Dorthe Nors May 20, 2016

In celebration of the forthcoming publication of So Much for That Winter by Dorthe Nors, the next A Public Space Book with Graywolf Press, we're excited to share this excerpt from "Days," one of the two novellas in the collection.


Diary Robert Sullivan May 4, 2016

In which a small group—poet, historian, and reporter—search for the last two words missing after a five-year search for all of the words in the Langston Hughes poem “Island.”

On the Fictional Self: An Interview with Sara Majka

Dialogue A. N. Devers February 16, 2016

A. N. Devers talks with debut author Sara Majka about the Wu-Tang Clan, Alice Munro, and the intimacy of fiction. Cities I’ve Never Lived In: Stories by Sara Majka, is the newest A Public Space Book, with Graywolf Press.

The 2016 Emerging Writer Fellows

News February 9, 2016

We are thrilled to announce our 2016 Emerging Writer Fellows: Sasha Saben Callaghan, Kristen Gleason, and Gothataone Moeng. We would also like to thank all of the writers who submitted manuscripts, the readers who spent the past eight weeks evaluating, debating, and championing applications, and the National Endowment for the Arts for its generous support of the program.

Supporting new writers has been an essential part of A Public Space since our debut issue—Leslie Jamison, Nam Le, and...

Chance Encounters

Issues Brigid Hughes October 28, 2015

Introducing Issue 23

The idea for this issue started at the Housing Works Bookstore in New York City. At the one-dollar cart, where the undervalued and damaged books are put for sale, Bette Howland’s memoir, W-3, was discovered. A search for the author first led to numerous dead ends, then to her son, a cache of unpublished work, and a safe-deposit box in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with postcards and letters from a forty-year correspondence with Saul Bellow.

The 2016 APS Emerging Writer Fellowships

News October 1, 2015

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for our 2016 Emerging Writer Fellowships.

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