Short Fiction


A Fine Day Will Burn Through

Available May 5, 2021

Hollywood and Japan. The South and Midwest. Outer space and back home. Past and present. Myths and truths. Expectations and desires. Animals and humans. A storage locker and a softball game. A school play and an art installation. A bar mitzvah and an old tattoo. William Auten’s new fifteen-story collection A Fine Day Will Burn Through bridges cultures and explores how people of all ages try to reach for—and sometimes miss—each other. In circumstances both mundane and surprising, these characters wend their way through a contemporary world of excess and restraint, noise and silence, urgency and patience, regret and grace.

Fire In Hand Media, 2021


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Bluestem, BULLCrab Orchard ReviewDistrict LitGravelIlluminations, McNeese Review, the museum of americana, PermafrostSequestrumSliver of StoneSlush Pile MagazineSolstice, Split Lip, Superstition Review

Recent Publications

“Moonflowers, Illuminations, 35, summer 2020

“Creek on the Right,” The Dead Mule School of Literature, June 2020

“Start of the Season,” Valparaiso Fiction Review, volume 9, issue 2, 2020

“Dioramas,” Tupelo Quarterly, 20, 2020

“Many and Many a Year Ago,” Barely South Review, 2019 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction, 11.1, fall 2019