Tonight on Bibliocracy, Christmas Day, 8 PM on KPFK: KATE MILLIKEN. It’s a real pleasure to celebrate a long-time writer whose individual successes add up lately to recognition and celebration. For my guest Kate Milliken this comes from winning the
most excellent John Simmons Short Fiction Award for If I’d Known You Were Coming, a collection of
twelve just plain breathtaking short stories.
Kate Milliken’s characters don’t so much try to reconcile absence and
loss as live with it, work it, and test its power. Milliken’s voice and stylized, economical
prose is striking in its engagement with what is gone, missing – nearly and
sometimes as if what is gone is a character itself. Milliken’s characters are mostly missing
parents, missing children, missing in all senses of the word. Kate Milliken’s stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Fiction, New Orleans Review,
and, yes, University of Iowa Review. This is a gorgeous and totally satisfying collection of stories.
If you’d like more rhapsodic appreciation from me, check out the review I
posted over at OC Bookly: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2013/12/kate_milliken.php. Thanks for listening. Happy Holidays from The Bibliofella. Santa Monica