Ways of Looking Anthology

Our new anthology, WAYS OF LOOKING VOL. I, features select stories published from 2007-2012 alongside new interviews with the authors conducted in 2018-2019.



Published September 3, 2019. 278 pages in 5” x 8” paperback. Also available on Kindle for $9.99.


Featuring stories by and interviews with Yuvi Zalkow, Kami Westhoff, Meagan Cass, David Cameron, Leesa Cross-Smith, Kem Joy Ukwu, Adrienne Celt, and Jia Tolentino. These are stories that defined Carve’s HONEST FICTION and each interview examines what Raymond Carver said makes a great writer: “some special way of looking at things.”

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PRAISE FOR ways of looking

WAYS OF LOOKING is a gift for readers and writers of fiction. Every story in this anthology is magical in some way—sometimes using magical story elements, sometimes magically whisking us away to unfamiliar places and cultures, sometimes magical in revealing a truth through the motions of everyday life. The conversations following each story are generous insights into the writing process and influences, navigating the challenges of a literary life, and how engagement in literary communities nourishes writers. I am in awe and encouraged. Thank you, CARVE.”
— Barbara Diehl, The Baltimore Review
The stories in this volume would be spectacular on their own. In combination with the frank and insightful author interviews, which reveal the human beings behind the world-class prose, they become indispensable. If you’re someone who wants to explore how great writing happens, this is the anthology for you.”
— Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories and Dogs of God
If you are choosing a collection to read this season, make it WAYS OF LOOKING. The stories are timeless, yet they connect us to elemental truths and the present world around us, and the current interviews with the authors heighten that connection. A collection I’ll return to again and again.”
— Jennifer Goldring, december magazine
WAYS OF LOOKING is a beautifully curated collection, with stories that consider from every angle the introspection of loss, of memory, of collapse into oneself, and interviews that tell their own tale of how a story speaks itself unto a writer. This left me sprained and heartful and wanting more.”
— Stephanie Malak, Los Angeles Review of Books