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Runnin’ Around: The Serving House Book of Infidelity

Infidelity anyone? Vicariously enjoy the unfaithfulness of twenty-four writers in this anthology, Runnin’ Around, subtitled The Serving House Book of Infidelity. The cover is a black- and-white Mark Hillringhouse photograph of an appropriately seedy motel advertising day-rates. However, the content is not seedy at all, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn, who leads off with a poem that originally appeared in the New Yorker, inspiring editors Kennedy and Cummins to solicit eleven poets, two essayists, and eleven fiction writers to take a turn at telling a tale of infidelity, be it carnal or spiritual or somewhere in between. Included is the work of poets Dunn, Jack Ridl, H. L. Hix, Laura McCullough, Rick Mulkey, Steve Davenport, Renée Ashley, Dan Turèll, Elisabeth Murawski, Flower Conroy, and Mark Hillringhouse, essays by Rebecca Chace and Minna Proctor, and short stories by Timmy Waldron, Per Smidl, Duff Brenna, Roisin McLean, Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, Greg Herriges, Susan Tekulve, Dennis F. Bormann and Kennedy and Cummins as well. Read it and lust!


Editors: Walter Cummins, Thomas E. Kennedy
Paperback : 220 pages
ISBN-10 : 0991328124
ISBN-13 : 978-0991328123

About the Editors

Thomas E. Kennedy’s 25 plus books include the four novels of the Copenhagen Quartet—most recently, In the Company of Angels (Bloomsbury, 2010) and Falling Sideways (Bloomsbury 2011)—and a novel-in-essays Last Night My Bed a Boat of Whiskey Going Down (New American Press (2010). His stories, essays, and translations appear regularly in American periodicals and have won Pushcart, O. Henry, and National Magazine awards. He lives in Copenhagen and teaches in the low-residency MFA Program of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Walter Cummins has published five other short story collections-WitnessWhere We LiveLocal MusicThe End of the CircleThe Lost Ones, and Habitat: stories of bent realism. More than 100 of his stories, as well as memoirs, essays, and reviews, have appeared in magazines such as Kansas QuarterlyVirginia Quarterly ReviewUnder the SunConfrontationBellevue Literary ReviewConnecticut ReviewThe Laurel ReviewOther VoicesGeorgetown ReviewContrarySonora ReviewAbiko QuarterlyWeber StudiesMidwest QuarterlyWest BranchSouth Carolina ReviewCrosscurrentsCrescent ReviewThe MacGuffin, in book collections, and on the Web. With Thomas E. Kennedy, he is co-publisher of Serving House Books, an outlet for novels, story collections, poetry, and essays. For more than twenty years, he was editor of The Literary Review. He teaches in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.

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Jack Smith, The Writer Magazine