Interviews, Essays and Lists:

“Building the alternate-universe New York”: Novelists Seth Fried and K Chess in conversation in Salon.

“How I learned to write dialogue by reviewing police complaints” in Literary Hub.

A playlist for FAMOUS MEN WHO NEVER LIVED, with notes on Largehearted Boy.

“What Good is Rejection?” on the Powell’s Books blog.

Five Fictional Books Inside of Real Books on

“To Alice Munro, from the Other Midwest” in CutBank.

Short fiction:

“Overburden” in Avatars Inc XPRIZE anthology, edited by Ann VanderMeer.

“The Cave” in Southern Indiana Review. Print only.

“Been Fighting Since” in phoebe. This story was chosen as runner-up for phoebe’s 2018 Fiction Contest by judge Karan Mahajan and was longlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize.

“The Beard” in OPOSSUM.

“Milk and Cookies on the Other Side” in Midwestern Gothic. Print only. This story won the Lake Prize, chosen by judge Charles McLeod.

“Pods” in Fjords Review. Print only. This story was given Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize XLI anthology.

“To Dismantle A Cake” in The Chicago Tribune/Printer’s Row Journal. Print only. This story was chosen as runner-up for the Nelson Algren Award.

“The Death Scene” in PANK.


Flash fiction:

Two Hurts” and “Postcard” in Wigleaf.

Overheard at the Explorers’ Club” in Monkeybicycle One Sentence Stories.



Note: Some work published before 2017 (when I changed my last name) is credited to K Brattin.