Short Stories 366:172 — “The Descent,” by Jamieson Wolf

Whenever I sit down to read a story from Jamieson Wolf, I get ready for the sparkle. There's a kind of bright joie-de-vivre Wolf brings to his prose that's infectious and bubbly, and honestly sometimes it's the perfect balm. So when I got to his tale in Nothing Without Us, I was ready for some … Continue reading Short Stories 366:172 — “The Descent,” by Jamieson Wolf

Short Stories 366:165 — “Mafia Butterfly,” by Raymond Luczak

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to go to watch a panel with Raymond Luczak in Toronto, specifically about queerness and Deafness, and I've been diving my way through his work ever since. He's clever and funny and has a turn-of-phrase skill I just adore, and this is so very apparent in "Mafia … Continue reading Short Stories 366:165 — “Mafia Butterfly,” by Raymond Luczak

Short Stories 366:158 — “The Bellwoods Golem,” by Myriad Augustine

I was lucky enough to get to read Nothing Without Us in its nascent stage, which let me offer up the following blurb: Nothing Without Us is a reminder and a declaration both that narratives can—and should—elevate the voices we so rarely get to hear, but not to explain or educate, or to inspire others, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:158 — “The Bellwoods Golem,” by Myriad Augustine

Short Stories 366:148 — “Oliver Gutierrez and the Walking Stick of Destiny,” by Elliott Dunstan

There's this thing that happens way, way too often in fiction where marginalized characters get to have one crack at the list. There can be the white lesbian, and the black woman, and the Deaf kid, and so on, but a Deaf black lesbian? Suddenly reviews fill up with mentions of "too much" or "unbelievable" … Continue reading Short Stories 366:148 — “Oliver Gutierrez and the Walking Stick of Destiny,” by Elliott Dunstan

Short Stories 366:141 — “Charity™,” by Derek Newman-Stille

Nothing Without Us as an anthology whole declares bluntly in the opening that there is one kind of content that isn't included: inspiration porn. In the hands of the authors, the stories range through styles, and deliver all manner of genres. Then, with  "Charity™," Derek Newman-Stille takes the whole notion of inspiration porn and nudges … Continue reading Short Stories 366:141 — “Charity™,” by Derek Newman-Stille

Short Stories 366:134 — “Alone,” by Nathan Fréchette

I'm trying to remember how many stories I've read with a dissociative identity character where (a) the character isn't some sort of revelation/plot-wrinkle, (b) and/or they're not the villain, and/or (c) where the resolution isn't about aligning them under one self and I've honestly got nothing—that is, until I read "Alone" in Nothing Without Us. … Continue reading Short Stories 366:134 — “Alone,” by Nathan Fréchette