Patricia Traxler

Available on Amazon's Kindle

Available on Amazon's Kindle

Available on Amazon's Kindle

I'll Always Love You (unless you love me, too)

"The Mushrooms of Maisie Zupnik" - In this award-winning story set in San Francisco, a quirky and self-absorbed young artist-photographer's friendship with an outspoken and unconventional old woman offers insight into her own flawed priorities and the uncompromising nature of time. "The Mushrooms of Maisie Zupnik" won the Writers Voice of New York City's Open Voice Award for Short Fiction and was originally published in Hanging Loose.

"A First-Name Basis" - This story about loneliness, love, and lies in Cambridge was the winner of the Hackney Literary Award for Short Fiction and also won the Georgia State University Award for Short Fiction. It was originally published in the Georgia State University Review.

"Earthly Luck" - The 36-year old poet-protagonist of this Pushcart Prize nominated story returns home to Southern California for a visit and sees her ex-husband for the first time since she left their marriage to be with a womanizing playwright in a small Midwest town. This witty and poignant story is told with an irony that keeps it free of sentimentality, and its protagonist's quiet regret rings true. "Earthly Luck" was originally published in Glimmer Train Stories.

Selected Works

"Traxler holds us in the devastating thrill of freefall, half-past naming and this close to combustion. Her skill at balancing the tempting fixity of nouns and the reckless commotion of verbs is no less heart-rending than a principal ballerina's sustained pirouette; she leaves us spinning..." --Joseph Braun, The Lune, March 2016 issue
“These poems strike a thrilling balance between personal disclosure and the rigors of writing.”
Publishers Weekly
"Brings to mind Walt Whitman at his best, for Traxler has written an absorbing, haunting, feminine 'Song of Myself,'" --Victor Contoski, Abraxas
"A fierce and passionate collection!" --Publishers Weekly
From the Toronto Sun: “Bloody good—a compelling and beautifully written novel." ...and from Margot Livesey, author of The Missing World and The House on Fortune Street: “With her stunning first novel, Blood, Patricia Traxler plunges the reader into a world both familiar and eerie. Seldom have the twin obsessions of love and art been more vividly or intelligently portrayed...More than almost any other novel I've read, Blood captures the relationship between an artist and her work, a relationship that is also susceptible to jealousy and revision and love...What an elegant, suspenseful debut.”
Selected Short Stories
Now available on Amazon's Kindle as singles, these award-winning short stories are from Traxler's collection in process, which looks with an ironic and darkly humorous eye at romantic love, fidelity and infidelity, the politics of sex, the single life and marriage, and the question of when, if ever, it all begins to make sense.
Author interviews
Traxler talks about dividing her writing life between poetry and fiction; about the challenges a writer faces when living in a region so far "outside the glittering current"; and about the literary influences and life experiences that have shaped her perspective as a woman and a writer.

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