I was raised a Yankee in a small coastal town in Rhode Island but have roots in pre-Civil War south Georgia. My great-grandmother emigrated to the North. Coming full circle so to speak, I consider Atlanta home after living here for nearly 30 years. In my mind’s eye I carry the landscape of the rough waters of the East coast and jetting rocks. I have a longing for the place but really don’t want to move back. Attempts to swim underwater and walk close to flying birds has revealed to me two frightening phobias. My respect for air largely comes from walking with both feet firmly on the ground under an unobstructed blue sky. I blog about short stories at http://thenarrativedrive.blogspot.com/
Most of my favorite writers write the short form. I love its compactness of language. My favorite writers of short story are Alice Munro, William Trevor, Andrea Barrett, Stuart Dybek, Tobias Wolff, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty. I write short stories and want to contribute to a vibrant short story community of writers and readers on the Net, beyond the traditional book world.
May I suggest W.S. Merwin? He's certainly most well-known for his poetry but his short stories are a wonder to behold.