A native of Southwest Virginia, James William Gardner writes extensively about the contemporary American south. He explores aspects of southern culture often overlooked: the downtrodden, the impoverished, and those marginalized by society. His work has been nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. Gardner is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Roanoke, Virginia. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Deep South Magazine, Newfound Journal, and The Virginia Literary Journal.
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Titles by James William Gardner
The Healing Ground
Stories from the Contemporary American South
Released: October 2022
Genre: Short Stories
In this second collection of short fiction, James William Gardner presents forty new stories of the American south. From the humorous to the tragic, Gardner transports the reader into a world where fascinating and often eccentric characters abound. Existential threads run through each of these works, tying them together and weaving them into a colorful tapestry, creating a unique experience that reveals the people and places the author clearly loves so much.
Short Stories from the American South
“A marvelous voice!” —The Oxford American
“Non-stop southern-ness!” —Forge Literary Magazine
“A compelling set of stories”…“A very unique perspective on contemporary southern culture.”—Emily Seyl, Texas A&M University Press
“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.”—William Faulkner
In James William Gardner’s new collection of short stories, the reader will gain authentic insight into the fascinating world of the American south. With humor and sensitivity, the writer grapples with important cultural themes. His characters live and breathe, places become real, tradition is revealed and you may never feel the same way about the south again.