Short & Sweet Past Readings


    • Claire Keegan, “So Late in the Day”
    • Willa Cather, “The Bohemian Girl”
    • Diane Oliver, “Neighbors” from What So Proudly we Hail


    • Willa Cather, “The Sentimentality of William Tavener”

    • Eudora Welty, “A Worn Path”

    • Dorothy Parker, “A Telephone Call”

    • Octavia Butler, “Bloodchild”

    • Allegra Goodman, “A Challenge You Have Overcome”

    • Te-Ping Chen, “Shanghai Murmur”

    • Richard Ford, “Sweethearts”


    • Henry James, “The Aspern Papers”

    • Leo Tolstoy, “God Sees the Truth, but Waits”

    • NoViolet Bulawayo, “Hitting Budapest”

    • Shirley Jackson, “Charles”

    • Ring Lardner, “Haircut”

    • David Szalay, “Turbulence”

    • Ernest Hemingway, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”

    • Lorrie Moore, “You’re Ugly, Too”

    • Edith Wharton, “The Pelican”


    • Octavia E. Butler, “Speech Sounds”

    • Graham Swift, “Blushes”

    • Anton Chekhov, “Darling”

    • Robert Frost, “The Question of a Feather”

    • Ernest Hemingway, “In Another Country”

    • Bryan Washington, “Katy”

    • Elizabeth Spencer, “A Southern Landscape”

    • Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”

    • Tony Earley, “The Place of Safety”

    • Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart”


    • Alice Munro, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”

    • Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Third and Final Continent”

    • Shirley Hazzard, “Villa Adriana” from Cliffs of Fall

    • Edith Wharton, “The Muse’s Tragedy”

    • Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried”

    • Savyon Liebrecht, “Apples from the Desert”