Gregory Wolos - "Dear Everyone: Short Stories"
ABOUT DEAR EVERYONE
In Dear Everyone, Gregory J. Wolos delivers a collection of short stories that reflect Kafka's assertion that literature "must be an ice ax to break the sea frozen inside us." The characters Wolos creates come with the honesty of flawed humans. Whether they are cruel, insensitive, manipulative or ignorant, there is a belief that all is right with the world if only you'll let it be. In one story, Wolos discusses the murmuration of starlings, "With special cameras they've determined that each individual bird only looks at the nearest six or seven around it. Visually, anyway, no single bird knows what the whole flock of thousands is up to. The shape the flock takes seems like it has to be somebody else's idea, not theirs." This is the metaphorical "ice ax" Wolos uses to pick away at that frozen sea within us. We read his stories as if the characters are the six or seven birds closest to us, but when we step back and look at the whole clouded sky, we see ourselves, we see that the triumph of the human spirit is possible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gregory Wolos lives, writes, and runs in a small New England town. More than eighty of Gregory’s short stories have been published or are forthcoming in print and online journals such as Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, The Florida Review, The Baltimore Review, The Pinch, Post Road, The Los Angeles Review, PANK, and Tahoma Literary Review. His work has earned six Pushcart Prize nominations and his stories have won awards sponsored by Solstice, Gulf Stream, New South, Emrys Review, the Rubery Book Awards, and Gambling the Aisle. His fiction collection Women of Consequence was released by Regal House Publishing in 2019. His second collection, Dear Everyone, will be released by Duck Lake Books in early 2020, and a third collection, The Thing About Men, will be published by Cervena Barva Books in 2021. Gregory holds a doctorate from the University at Albany.
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