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The Sub-Leaser

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When Diane Goettel, executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, first read Adrian Van Young's "The Man Who Noticed Eveything" (the collection in which this story appears), she said it felt like she'd been "hit in the heart bone."

"Adrian Van Young has the ability to win your love and break your heart all in the space of a sentence," Goettel writes in her introduction to this issue of Recommended Readiong. “'The Sub-Leaser,' which you are about to read, is more quietly disturbing than the rest of the collection and serves well as a gentle introduction."

About Recommended Reading:
Great authors inspire us. But what about the stories that inspire them? Recommended Reading, the latest project from Electric Literature, publishes one story every week, each chosen by a great author or editor. In this age of distraction, we uncover writing that's worth slowing down and spending some time with. And in doing so, we help give great writers, literary magazines, and independent presses the recognition (and readership) they deserve.

About the Author:
Adrian Van Young has recently taught writing and literature at Boston College, Boston University, and Grub Street Writers Inc., a creative writing non- profit. At various points in time, he has also taught at the Calhoun School, 826 NYC, and the Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols School. He received his B.A. in English at Vassar College, and his MFA in fiction at Columbia University, where he formerly taught as well. In 2008, he was the recipient of a Henfield Foundation Prize and was nominated for inclusion in the Best New American Voices 2010 Anthology. He is currently in the midst of writing a historical novel based on the life of William H. Mumler, the father of spirit photography, and his clairvoyant wife, Hannah Mumler. His fiction and non-fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Lumina, Gigantic, Lacuna and The Believer. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife Darcy. See more at

About the Guest Editor:
Black Lawrence Press, an imprint of Dzanc Books, publishes poetry, fiction, chapbooks, creative nonfiction, and translations. The press hosts a number of annual contests, including The St. Lawrence Book Award, which Adrian Van Young won in 2011 with The Man Who Noticed Everything. By the end of 2013, the Black Lawrence Press list will grow to include 100 poets and writers. To learn more about our authors and their books, visit

Genre: Literary Fiction

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