2010 Short Fiction Award Winner, selected by Leslie Marmon Silko
28 pages, 5.5 x 8.5″ paper, handbound
Kore Press announces the release of our 4th annual Short Fiction Award Winner All Sorts of Hunger by Heather Brittain Bergstrom of Yuba City, California. Selected from over 300 contest submissions by Kore Press Judge, novelist, poet, NEH Discovery Award recipient and McArthur Fellow “Genius” Leslie Marmon Silko, All Sorts of Hunger traces the course of a young hooker’s trick-turning living, not on city streets, but through truck stop cafes and small farming towns. All Sorts of Hunger unravels with healing, literary hands the deep rooted web of oppression and underrepresentation that tethers the individuals of the dry, dusty rural Interior West to its abused land. Here, orphaned twenty-one year olds, middle-aged river barge pilots, and Indian cooks in country cafés navigate all the sorts of heartache and hunger that lead them to moments of hopeful, human humility: conversations with ghosts, visions of mothers long passed.
“Readers will return to [Bergstrom’s] words again and again for their sheer artistry, their profound humanity.” — Carole Simmons Oles, recipient of the Pushcart Prize, NEA Grant for Poetry, and Writer’s Choice Award.