Eugene Cross captures much of his generation's fears and excitements with a collection of realistic stories that borders on darkness at times. His is a voice combining humor and pathos with an edginess creating fresh new stories that are being published in great literary journals regularly. His contemporaries are Laura van den Berg, Josh Weil, and Benjamin Percy.
Eugene Cross teaches English and creative writing at Penn State University, Erie, Pennsylvania, where he received the 2008 Faculty Scholarship. His stories have appeared in Storyglossia, Guernica, Hobart, Third Coast, and other literary journals.
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Cross’ descriptions allow readers to conjure a clear image of each character, as evidenced by the introduction of Lenny, who was blind in his left eye, “the blackness of his pupil leaking into his iris like spilled ink.” Thematic similarities throughout the collection make it difficult for one st...Nov 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Fires of Our Choosing
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“Rosaleen, if You Know What I Mean,” which chronicles a boy’s failed rebellion in the face of his dissolving family, and “Come August,” a brief story told as a second-person address that tells of a babysitter who finds her life irrevocably changed when she steals a few moments of sleep, are two o...Apr 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Fires of Our Choosing
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His stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine (which named him one of “20 Best New Writers” and his story “Harvesters” a “Top Five Story of 2009-2010”), American Short Fiction, Story Quarterly, TriQuarterly, and Callaloo, among other publications.Mar 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Fires of Our Choosing
The first time I met Eugene Cross he was handing me a drink across the bar.Mar 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Fires of Our Choosing
Despite the excellence of the dozen short stories you'll find in Eugene Cross' debut collection, "Fires of Our Choosing," I found it difficult to finish one and eagerly start the next.May 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Fires of Our Choosing
A respectable range is on display in “Come August,” written in the second person, and in the even shorter “This Too,” but they’re more like embers alongside the searing blaze of “The Brother,” “Only the Strong Survive,” and the remarkable title story, which reminds us that uncertainty matches our...Sep 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Fires of Our Choosing
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