Janice Obuchowski featured on LitHub.

Janice Obuchowski featured on LitHub.

Long-time contributor Janice Obuchowski is featured today on Lithub. Below is the beginning to her story, "The Cat," first published in our Winter 2017 edition.

"For almost two years, I’ve lived at the edge of the bucolic, where the land begins to shift into something untamed, in a tiny neighborhood in the woodsy outskirts of a New England college town. There’s a gas station, a church, a tiny brick library, and one exquisitely quaint inn. When I first arrived, for a visiting professorship, a colleague explained that if in town is New York, then outside town—where I live—is Brooklyn. We laughed at this. Brooklyn if Brooklyn were essentially the woods with a modicum of the suburban, if Brooklyn were populated by sheep farmers and art historians, if it were bordered by woods and, to the east, mountains.

"Running down from one mountain is a sinuous, rough river that winds past my apartment, which is on the second floor of what once was, the locals tell me, the old general store. When the weather holds, I sit on my back porch and watch the water—wide and shallow and eddying around large rocks—create its constant cascade. On its far side, the land slopes down, greenery turning to small boulders. On my side, where houses have slivers of backyards, there runs a low concrete wall cracked and patched with moss."

Janice Obuchowski has fiction in or forthcoming from the Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Day One, Grist Journal, Passages North, the Seattle Review, and Slice. She has received special mention in the 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology and was the recipient of an emerging-artist award in literature from the Saint Botolph Club Foundation of Boston, as well as scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine and serves as a fiction editor for New England Review.

About the Gettysburg Review

The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Since its debut in 1988, work by such luminaries as E. L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, James Tate, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall.


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