Paul Lisicky

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books, including Unbuilt Projects and The Burning House. He teaches fiction and nonfiction in the MFA Program at Rutgers University–Camden. “Volcano” is an excerpt from the memoir The Narrow Door, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in January 2016.


Our feet are warm. Our faces shine. The room is getting dark, the night coming a little sooner these days. Should I turn on a lamp? Then the prospect of dinner changes our placement toward that dark. The chicken stew on the trivet.


Lumina Avenue: a novel excerpt

An overturned teapot; a dropped clutch of peonies. Laura on her back, on the kitchen floor, Joan fixing a cushion behind her head. My women. Just like them to make fun of spectacle, disaster, to laugh at the things that…