Dept of Congratulations: Jesse Goolsby

Congratulations to Jesse Goolsby, whose story, “Waist Deep at Hapuna,” will be republished in The Best Small Fictions 2017.  “Waist Deep in Hapuna” was first published in Pleiades issue 36.2.

For a sneak peek, read the excerpt below, then purchase a subscription to Pleiades here.


“Waist Deep in Hapuna”

by Jesse Goolsby

– I’m an active-duty Air Force officer and I don’t want to die.

– Urgency is my aesthetic.

– Once, while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a paraplegic amputee said to me, “Why would I be depressed? My eight-year-old reads to me every night.”

– Fiction is appropriation.

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