Dan Chaon came to the attention of many readers with his 2001 short story collection Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. These stories resonate with echoes of detective stories and ghost stories, mysteries and thrillers, themes which Chaon explored further in his two novels, You Remind Me of Me and Await Your Reply. His stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, Mid-American Review and elsewhere, as well as being selected for Best American Short Stories. He has an earlier collection, Fitting Ends and Other Stories, and a new collection entitled Stay Awake is due out in 2012. He teaches writing at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing. Visit him online at danchaon.com 
Oct 09 2011
A Conversation with Dan Chaon
Things are changing really fast in terms of even what the reading experience is. I stand by the claim that short stories and poems tend to be pretty far outside of the purview of mass culture. You’d be hard pressed to talk to a man on the street who could tell you a story that had been written in his lifetime. He might be able to mention Jack London or O’Henry or something like that. But at the same time, I don’t think the fact that fewer people read them or that they’re not part of the center of mass culture makes them any less vital.