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About


Dennis
Norris II

 

About Writing Events

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About


Dennis
Norris II

 

About Writing Events

"...Dennis Norris II delivers a collection of queer short stories that read like a gospel, a prayer, like words that crackle and ignite and transform themselves with every consecutive read."

T Kira Madden. Awst Press, Series Curator.

 Photo courtesy of Melissa Czarnik

Photo courtesy of Melissa Czarnik

Dennis Norris II is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. They are the author of Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II published by Awst Press, and their story "Where Every Boy is Known and Loved" was recently named as Finalist for the 2018 Best Small Fictions anthology, forthcoming from Braddock Avenue Books. Their story "Last Rites" is included in the forthcoming anthology "Everyday People: The Color of Life", to be published in August 2018 by the Atria Books imprint of Simon and Schuster. They hold degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Haverford College and currently serve as Fiction Editor at Apogee Journal, Assistant Fiction Editor at The Rumpus, and co-host of the popular podcast Food 4 Thot. They live in Harlem and are working on a novel.


It's an uncomfortable story, but it's written with a crisp spareness that's continued to haunt me from the first time I read it.

—Note from the guest editor, Rion Amilcar Scott, about Daddy's Boywhich appears in Issue 51 of SmokeLong Quarterly

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Writing


Writing


Writing

A Starr on The Rise

March 2018, Shondaland

"I wish I could tell you that I remember every second of my performance at Nationals because people keep telling me how well I skated..." —Starr Andrews

Read more here.


Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II

February 2018. Awst Press

"You were several hours from home when you started on the road, your stomach unsettled as though you knew something had happened. The traffic was heavy because the roads hadn’t been cleared."

Read more here.


Where Every Boy is Known and Loved

Excavating Honesty: An Anthology of Rage and Hope in America.
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"The classroom had no windows and every day one of the boys would close the door. Another hit the lights. In the darkness, they surrounded me, wanting to become men. In their eyes, I was nothing but the closest thing they could get their hands on."

Read more here.


The Reverend

Issue 07. Apogee Journal.

"Someone will come. Sirens will sound in the distance. Lights will rise from darkness like seraphs, dancing red and blue. Salvation will be brought by men sent from God."                          

Read more here.


Finding Michelle Kwan: A Black Boy's Childhood on Ice

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"Long before it actually happened, I tried to tell the world I was a figure skater. I tried on Saturday afternoons, back in the nineties, when skating was on TV every weekend. I tried by..."                     

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Daddy's Boy

Issue 51. SmokeLong Quarterly

"Open your mouth. Sing boy. Rise up from your pew and praise Him.Take your hands off your hips. Don't dance, don't smile, just clap. Firm up those wrists and sing. Your mouth is His."                              

Read more here.


Ungrateful, Unafraid

Issue 03. Madcap Review

"Joanne wore a pink circle skirt and a ribbon in her hair the day her sister disappeared. She was proud of that skirt, proud that it came all the way from the sixties, dusty but intact..."                              

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Solitaire

Issue 106. Bound Off: A Monthly Literary Audio Magazine

"A storm is coming and Luke's made sure we have everything we'll need: enough dry food to get through the week, a bathtub filled with tap water, batteries, extra blankets. If it were up to me..."           

Listen here.

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