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HFR all over "Best in the West" 2009

Best of the West 2009: New Stories from the Westside of Missouri

The just-released 2009 edition of the Best of the West anthology is a collection of stories that, “…seem to tell us that the possibilities of the West are as expansive as the landscape.” HFR is pleased and honored to have two stories in this year's volume: Stephen Tuttle's "Amanuensis" and Urban Waite's "Don't Look Away," both from issue #42. Our fiction editor from that issue, Aimée Baker, also has a story included: "The Persistence of Memory," from Gulf Coast. They're joined by Joyce Carol Oates, Dagoberto Gilb, Annie Proulx and many more fantastic writers. See the full Table of Contents here.

Editors James Thomas and D. Seth Horton have done a fine thing reviving this annual collection, exploring the West's vast literary expanse, from "illegal immigrants tending illegal crops in California's national forests, to mismatched Mormon missionaries on the conversion trail in Nevada, to a Native American college student exploring her sexuality, to Papa Hemingway's meditations as he loads the shotgun in his Idaho cabin." There's much to enjoy here. Now go get yourself a copy!