Matthew Lansburgh

Matthew Lansburgh’s collection of linked stories, Outside Is the Ocean, won the 2017 Iowa Short Fiction Award and will be published by the University of Iowa Press in October. His fiction appears or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, StoryQuarterly, Guernica, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Joyland, and has won awards from Columbia Journal and the Florida Review. In selecting Outside Is the Ocean for the Iowa Short Fiction Award, Andre Dubus III described the book as “mesmerizing.”

Outside Is the Ocean

How many times has he gone to the Ramrod and stood alone in the corner, nursing a club soda or, sometimes, if he was feeling adventurous, a beer?