Rockport Public Library Event Calendar

Date: 1/11/2023
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Title: What Is a Short-Story Cycle, Why Write One, and How? Presented by Laura Bonazzoli
Contact: Julia Pierce, 207-236-3642
Location: Rockport Room

Recently, Morgan Talty, author of Night of the Living Rez, gave a shout-out to short-story cycles on Maine Public Radio's Maine Calling, noting that they're an increasingly popular genre of fiction. But why? What exactly is a short story cycle? What are its characteristics, and what advantages does it offer over a traditional short-story collection or novel? And if you're intrigued by the possibility of writing one, how might you begin?

Join Rockport author Laura Bonazzoli to explore these and other questions you might have about this fascinating genre. Laura will also read excerpts from her own short-story cycle, Consecration Pond, which was described by Publishers Weekly as “a solid, meditative collection of interconnected short stories that weave together seemingly disparate narratives into a satisfying and cohesive whole.” Consecration Pond was published by indie press Toad Hall Editions in August of 2022, and is available at local bookstores and directly from the publisher at Books will also be available at the event.


Laura Bonazzoli’s fiction has appeared in Evening Street Review, Exposition Review, The Sandy River Review, and many other publications. She has also published poetry and personal essays in more than thirty literary magazines and several anthologies. After her stories "Prayer of the Bell" and "Spring Ice" were published in literary magazines, she began working on a collection of linked stories that all take place on a pond in Maine. That collection became the short-story cycle, Consecration Pond.         207-236-3642