BkMk Press Books

Who Taught Me to Swim


by McKinley, James

Price: $16.95, 186 pages

ISBN: 9781886157618, 2007

Fiction. "These are stories that Hemingway himself would envy," writes Cary C. Holladay. These fourteen short stories capture James McKinley at his best, featuring characters who travel from Nebraska to Spain and Kenya as they search for fulfillment and meaning in life. Whether they are the young man who comes of age in and around a 1950s bowling alley, a disabled veteran who takes stock of his career at Chambers Famous Bar in Kansas City, or a recently retired advertising executive with a fracturing marriage who tours Africa, McKinley's characters and their predicaments are unforgettable.

About the Author

James McKinley is the author of two previous story collections, a novel, and a nonfiction work. His stories, articles, and essays have appeared in Esquire, Playboy, StoryQuarterly, and elsewhere. For over fifteen years, he edited New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also taught and directed the Professional Writing Program and co-founded two annual writing conferences. His honors include two MacDowell Colony fellowships and senior Fulbright lectureships to Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Spain, and he is a past board president of the Associated Writing Programs. He lives in Kansas City and in Oracle, Arizona.

Interview with James McKinley.


Published 2007

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