“Origin Story” by Kelly Link

April 15, 2020

Kelly Link's "Origin Story" appeared in the first issue of A Public Space, which also included work from Anna Deavere Smith and an early story from 2019 National Book Award finalist Yoko Ogawa.

A story of two friends, Bunnatine and Biscuit, "Origin Story" takes place at an abandoned theme park, the Land of Oz—in a world of parallel universes and superhero origin stories; nemeses and levitating waitresses and tabloid reporters. “I always think it looks a lot more real now,” Biscuit says. “The way it’s falling all to pieces. The way the Yellow Brick Road is disappearing. It makes it feel like Oz was a real place. Being abandoned makes you more real, you know?”

Kelly Link is the author of four books, most recently the story collection Get in Trouble; and a 2019 MacArthur Fellow. With her husband, Gavin Grant, she runs Small Beer Press and the bookstore Book Moon.


Tolstoy Together

March 16, 2020



Read and discuss War and Peace with Yiyun Li and A Public Space. #TolstoyTogether.


The 2020 A Public Space Writing Fellows

February 18, 2020

We are pleased to announce the 2020 A Public Space Writing Fellows.


Candy for Dinner in the Desert

February 18, 2020

We are pleased to share an excerpt from Rocky Halpern's "Candy for Dinner in the Desert," the 2019 recipient of the Bette Howland Nonfiction Prize.


The Inaugural Editorial Fellow

February 14, 2020



Taylor Michael named the inaugural A Public Space Editorial Fellow.


The 2020 A Public Space Editorial Fellowships

December 2, 2019

A Public Space is thrilled to announce a new Fellowship program for aspiring editors.


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