A Man with Eight Pairs of Legs is about the ways our bodies are marked by memory, often literally, and the risky decisions we make when pushed to the extreme. Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, this collection of short stories is a study in compassion and in passion, a must-read for our times.
Author: Leslie Kirk Campbell’s debut short story collection, “The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs” (Sarabande Books) won the 2020 Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Arts & Letters, Briar Cliff Review, Southern Indian Review and The Thomas Wolfe Review. The title story comes out in Ploughshares Solos, October, 2021. The mother of two grown sons, Campbell is the author of Journey into Motherhood: Writing Your Way to Self-Discovery (Riverhead, 1996). She is director and master teacher at Ripe Fruit Writing, a creative writing program she founded in San Francisco in 1991.
Scott Landers's short stories have appeared in The New England Review, West Branch, Other Voices, Cimarron Review, and the Beloit Fictional Journal. His debut novel, Coswell's Guide to Tambralinga, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He recently completed his third novel, and hopes to have the second one done by year’s end. Once a proud resident of San Francisco, he now huddles on a scorched hillside overlooking Healdsburg.