Virtual Event: Some People Let You Down By Mike Alberti in conversation with Michael Kleber-Diggs


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The nine stories in Mike Alberti’s debut collection shine a sharp light on small-town American life —not the Arcadian small towns of yesteryear, but the old mill towns hanging on after the mill has stopped running, the deserted agricultural communities in the middle of vast industrial farms, places where bad luck has become part of the weather. But even in these blighted, neglected landscapes, the possibility of renewal always presents itself: there is hope for these places and the characters who inhabit them. In these fresh, innovative stories, some people let you down, but some people don’t.

Praise For…

"In this beautifully written collection, Mike Alberti's characters begin to take ownership over the lives they have been given. These stories are ghost-ridden, full of the presences of people who are no longer there, in dying places that won’t be there much longer. Eloquent, always observant, and never dull, these stories are impossible to put down."—Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love and There’s Something I Want You to Do


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About the Author

MIKE ALBERTI’S short fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, One Story, and elsewhere. His work has been supported by fellowships and residencies including the Camargo Foundation, the James Merrill House, the Ucross Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. He lives in Minneapolis, where he serves as the Managing Director for Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and teaches in prisons across the state.

In Conversation With 

 Michael Kleber-Diggs was born and raised in Kansas and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, the RumpusRain Taxi, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Water~Stone ReviewMidway ReviewNorth Dakota Quarterly and a few anthologies. Michael teaches poetry and creative non-fiction through the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things, won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and is forthcoming, June 2021.



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Some People Let You Down (Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction #19) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781574418156
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Published: University of North Texas Press - October 29th, 2020