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Short Intimacies—David Means & Cara Blue Adams

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Centre Congregational Church 193 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

David Means
Two Nurses Smoking

David Means is the author of six story collections, including Assorted Fire Events, The Spot, The Secret Goldfish, Instructions for a Funeral and the forthcoming Two Nurses Smoking. 

Assorted Fire Events won the Los Angeles Book Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Spot, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and The Secret Goldfish was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize.  

His novel, Hystopia, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He received an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and  teaches at Vassar. 

Cara Blue Adams
You Never Get It Back

is the author of You Never Get It Back, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Prize in the Iowa Short Fiction Award Series. She has published over twenty stories in leading magazines, including Granta, The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Alaska Quarterly Review, Epoch, The Sun, The Missouri Review, The Mississippi Review, Story, and Narrative, which named her one of their “15 Below 30.” 

Cara earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Smith College and an MFA from the University of Arizona. Originally from Vermont, she has lived in Boston, Tucson, Montreal, Maine, South Carolina, and Baton Rouge, where she co-edited The Southern Review. 

She is an associate professor at Seton Hall University and lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.


Cara Blue Adams is the author of You Never Get It Back, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Prize in the Iowa Short Fiction Award Series. The linked stories in this observant collection offer elegantly constructed glimpses of the life of Kate, moving between her childhood in the countryside of Vermont to her adult years in the Northeast, Southwest and South. 

In David Means’s virtuosic new collection, Two Nurses Smoking, time unfolds in unexpected ways: a single, quiet moment swells with the echoes of a widower’s complicated marriage; a dachshund, given a new name and a new life by a new owner, catches the scent of the troubled man who previously abandoned her; young lovers become old; estranged couples return to their vows; and those who have died live on in perpetuity in the memories of those whom they touched.


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