The Origin of Doubt (50 Short Fictions) comes out Feb 1, 2018

Dear All,

I’m excited to announce that my collection of fifty flash fictions, the Origin of Doubt, will be released Feb 1, 2018, by Press 53.

Origin of Doubt … represents the best of the genre. Each story is a gem, a glimpse into moments of yearning and unexpected perception, instants that many of us might otherwise miss. They are told to us like secrets, each simple moment a revelation that generates surprise and wonder. Reading them is sheer delight.

Patricia Smith, author of The Year of Needy Girls

Long’s short fiction is brilliant. The stories in The Origin of Doubt are ….accessible in style and replete with nuance, exuding an omniscient wisdom that is profound yet humble. Long has a special knack of presenting an oblique or mundane situation and making it momentous; stylistically, his use of significant detail is sharply effective, and his figurative language rich and resounding with meaning.”

John Parras, author of Fire on Mount Maggiore

Long is a writer of focused and developed gifts, of a fecund imagination, at home in crossing genres as form and content make their evolving demands.  He blurs the lines between flash fictions and prose poems. All of a sudden, genre distinctions start to give way, and what we thought we thought we knew is altered, transformed.

These stories span the gamut from traditional to queer trans-genre forms, marvelous to behold in times like these when political discourses and abuses of language have sunk to unforeseen lows.

Timothy Liu, author of Of Thee I Sing and Don’t Go Back To Sleep

Readings to Date:

Richmond, VA: Feb 1, 2018  VCU Cabell Library, 7 pm with VCU alumni

Roselyn Elliott
Emilia Phillips
Michele Young-Stone                    Info:


Savannah, GA: Feb 3, 2018, Desoto Hotel, Savannah.   4-5 pm with

John Childrey, Florida Atlantic University

Catherine Swender, Spring Hill College


Philadelphia, PA Feb 11 (Sunday), Blue Marble Books, Mt. Airy, (3 pm?  check website for details:


Galloway, NJ, March 29, 2018, Stockton University, 6-8 pm, campus center theater, with

Emily August, poet



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“Arctic” in Winter 15-16

Have heart my writer friends: In the dead of winter, good things can come. For instance, my story “Arctic,” which I wrote in 2002 and had submitted to nearly seventy journals (and which was a finalist for the Glimmer Train very short story award) was finally published this winter in Open Road Review, a co-winner of their fiction award:
Open Road Review

The same story was just released in audio version, recorded by actor Dennis Boutsikaris as an example of what CDM audio studios will do with the winning story of their new Portable Stories Series contest. See contest and scroll down for audio file:
Portable Story Series

The contest is a chance for writers to get their story professionally recorded by professional actors–like with selected shorts–get a cash prize and help charities (readers downloading the files are asked to donate.). Thanks to Open Road Review for choosing “Arctic” and for CDM studios for recording it!

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Nathan Alling Long’s stories and essays appear in over fifty journals, including Glimmer Train, Tin House, The Sun, Story Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Crab Orchard Review, Camera Obscura, and Indiana Review. His chapbook is available from Popular Ink Press.  His work also appears on NPR and in a dozen anthologies.

Nathan has taught creative writing and Literature at various institutions, including Middle Tennessee State U., University of Richmond, and Virginia Union University. He currently is an Associate Professor at The Richard Stockton College of NJ, where he teaches creative writing; literature; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Nathan grew up in a cabin in rural Maryland and studied Literature at the University of Maryland (BA) and Carnegie Mellon (MA); he received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has hiked in the Himalayas, biked along both U.S.  coasts, studied at a Thai monastery, lived on a  commune in Tennessee, and for ten years cooked for a Buddhist meditation retreat in Oregon.

He now lives in the Germantown area of Philadelphia, PA.  His dog Gracie (featured in the “This I Believe” essay found in the “Select Essays” page) passed away 11.11.11.


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