Author Archives: Stefen Styrsky

About Stefen Styrsky

Stefen Styrsky's fiction has appeared in The Offing, Number Eleven Magazine, Inch, and the Tahoma Literary Review. A few years ago he earned an MA degree in fiction writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Stefen lives in Washington, DC.

Where Stories Come From: Failed Poems

I’m a short-story writer by temperament and inclination. By temperament, I mean what grabs my imagination is usually the stuff of short stories: a line of dialogue, a chance meeting, a curious detail – small moments after which things are … Continue reading

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Best Small Fictions 2017

My review of Best Small Fictions 2017 is up on the SmokeLong Quarterly site. As with all book reviews, there’s a bit of culling that has to be done when writing about an anthology of stories. A typical review doesn’t … Continue reading

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Beach Rats: A Film by Eliza Hittman

Today up at Litbreak is my review of Beach Rats. In style, theme, and story, the movie would make a great double bill with last year’s best picture winner Moonlight. Both movies also have a similar power to linger in … Continue reading

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Marjorie Prime: A Film by Michael Almereyda

My latest movie review is up at Litbreak. I’d also recommend Almereyda’s 2015 entertaining, po-mo mashup of a film Experimenter which deals with similar ideas of how perception creates reality.

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Wind River: A Film By Taylor Sheridan

Monday Movie Review. My latest is up on Litbreak. The editors over there would love it if you gave it a look (as well as the site’s great fiction and poetry) and maybe even left a comment. Wind River

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Don’t Be Afraid of Your Characters

A while back I wrote the blog post Don’t Be Afraid to Tell Your Story. In it I discussed the way Roxane Gay plunges into a story without much, if any, background, and how that makes her work powerfully captivating. … Continue reading

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Tahoma Literary Review

Issue 10 of the Tahoma Literary Review is available. I was fortunate enough to be the assistant fiction editor.  There’s some really great writing in here. The epub and pdf versions are free! Issue 10      

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Kicking/Screaming Into the Digital Age

I resisted for so long, but in the end succumb. I am now on Twitter. You can find me here: @Stefen_Styrsky

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Moka: A Film by Frédéric Mermoud

My latest film review is up at the Litbreak website. If you have a chance, please check it out!  

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The Onus Is On Us

I’ve been reading POP! by Mark Polanzak. It’s his “fictional memoir” about his life after his father died from a heart attack when he was seventeen years old. He calls it a fictional memoir because he says fictionalizing the events … Continue reading

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