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“Gwen Goodkin’s debut short story collection follows in the tradition of other meteoric writers like Jayne Anne Phillips, Mary Gaitskill, Lauren Groff, and so many before them, heralding a new, sui generis voice that promises so much to come.”

—Rex Pickett, author of Sideways and The Archivist

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From farm to factory, alcoholism to war wounds, friendship to betrayal, the stories in
A Place Remote take us intimately into the hearts of people from all walks of life in
a rural Ohio town. Whether they stay in their town or leave for distant places, these
characters come to realize no one is immune to the fictions people tell others—and
themselves—to survive.

In each of these ten stories, Gwen Goodkin forces her characters to face the
dramatic events of life head-on—some events happen in a moment, while others are
the fallout of years or decades of turning away. A boy is confronted by the cost of the
family farm, an optometrist careens toward an explosive mental disaster, a mourning
teen protects his sister, lifelong friends have an emotional confrontation over an
heirloom, and a high school student travels to Germany to find his voice and, finally, a
moment of long-awaited redemption.

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Gwen Goodkin is the author of the short story collection, 'A Place Remote.' She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won the Folio Editor's Prize for Fiction as well as the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. 

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in conversation


Rich Ferguson is the State of California Beat Poet Laureate (20-22) and the author of the novel New Jersey Me as well as two poetry collections, 8th & Agony and Everything is Radiant Between the Hates (Moon Tide Press, 2021). His poetry and award-winning spoken-word music videos have been widely anthologized, and he was a winner in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, L.A.





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