Author Showcase: Jacob M Appel

by Nathaniel Tower

Our first contributor in the Author Showcase is Jacob M. Appel. His story “The Donor’s Tale” is one of seventeen selected for our first-ever Post-Experimentalism issue.

Although we’re typically turned off by the present tense narrative, Jacob’s tale impressed us with an apt fluency we hadn’t seen before. Jacob manages to compress an entire life in 1800 words in a way that doesn’t feel cheap or contrived. Instead, he pulls us in to the character’s life and breaks our hearts. You’ll definitely want to get your hands on a copy of the Post-Experimentalism issue to read this fine piece of writing.

More about Jacob:

Jacob M. Appel has published over two hundred short stories in literary journals, most recently in New Orleans Review, Subtropics and Gettysburg Review.  His collection of stories, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence Press next year.  Jacob teaches creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and practices medicine in New York City.
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