Melissa Pritchard

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Awards: Flannery O'Connor, Carl Sandburg, Janet Kafka, NEA, five Pushcart and O.Henry Prizes.
Eleven books, work published in Paris Review, Ecotone, A Public Space, Conjunctions, Southern Review, O the Oprah Magazine, ARRIVE, the Wilson Quarterly, the Nation, Chicago Tribune, NYTBR. Recent fiction in AGNI 83, Ploughshares, Summer Issue, guest editors James Wood and Claire Messud, and Gettysburg Review. 2017 Pushcart Prize for "The Carnation Milk Palace." 2016 Carson McCullers Fellow in Columbus, GA.
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“In death, as in sleep, I am all things.”
Melissa Pritchard, The Odditorium: Stories

“He understood the mind's pride, filleting, pinning down life. Understood taking apart, reassembling and labeling. To Understand was to control, to keep the terror of human insignificance at bay. It was routine to self-importance, this ability to kill and to rebuild, to catalog and stop any motion too directly pointing out human limitation and death.”
Melissa Pritchard, The Odditorium: Stories

“...I am discovering that it is truly a mistake--it may even be a moral wrong, in fact--to judge. Truth is too complex, too contradictory, too mercurial, to be one-sided, though it is human nature to prefer the reassurance and ease of firm judgement. Judgement helps us to justify our less savory actions.”
Melissa Pritchard, The Odditorium: Stories

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