Kate McIntyre is an assistant professor of creative writing at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her story collection, Mad Prairie, is the winner of the 2020 Flannery O’Connor Award, selected by Roxane Gay, and will be published by UGA Press in September 2021. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals including Denver Quarterly, the Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, and the Cimarron Review, and she is a recipient of residencies at Hambidge, Playa, and the Spring Creek Project.
Coda: Waiting by the ShoreBy Kate McIntyre
This excerpt comes from Kate McIntyre's short story collection, Mad Prairie, published this month by UGA Press. We follow Elizabeth, whose "wardrobe had run to modern windswept-moor wear," as she assumes custody of the ashes of her friend Miriam and boards a Caribbean-bound cruise liner. As a meditation on the arbitrariness of both death and the future of the departed, McIntyre's story feels wise and true. As a propulsive trip down a strange path of causation, it sits among the other well-crafted and funny stories in this collection.