Matt Briggs is the author of eight works of fiction including The Remains of River Names and Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys. His first novel, Shoot the Buffalo, was a finalist for the 2006 Washington State Book Award and won the 2006 American Book Award.
The Italian edition of The Remains of River Names was released last year by ad est dell’ equator (Napoli), and a new collection of prose is forthcoming from Dr. Cicero Books. His stories have appeared in The Chicago Review, Word Riot, BULL, Opium Magazine, ZYZYYVA, and elsewhere.
He’s online at: http://www.suburgian.com .He lives in Des Moines, WA.
Willie Smith just learned that the rowan tree, sometimes known in England as the quickbeam, usually known in the USA as the mountain ash, is proof against the evil effects of both witches and fairies. An epiphyte rowan, growing out of a crotch in an oak, a maple or whatever, and known as a "flying rowan," is especially effective against these prowlers of the night. Willie is deeply ashamed of being human. His work celebrates this horror.
He is the author of Oedipus Cadet (Black Heron) and Nothing Doing (Honest Publishing). His work was a staple of Andrei Codrescu’s Exquisite Corpse, and has appeared in mags such as Thieves Jargon, The American Drivel Review, Cherry Bleeds, Bewildering Stories, Litvision, The Ragged Edge, Lost and Found Times, The Raven Chronicles, Word Riot, and Zygote in my Coffee.
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