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Brock Clarke

Brock Clarke is the author of six books of fiction, most recently the novels The Happiest People in the World, Exley, and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England. His books have been reprinted in a dozen international editions, and have been awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction, the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, a National Endowment for Arts fellowship, and an Ohio Council for the Arts fellowship, among others. He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College.

The Grand Canyon

If I was going for realism, then I would probably end up painting a painting of a tent next to the Grand Canyon, and in that tent would be my husband, sulking.

Our Pointy Boots

The reporters stand between all fourteen of us and our transport; they put their microphones and cameras in our faces and say, “You’re going home for Christmas. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you get home?” We…