John J. Clayton’s fourth novel, Mitzvah Man, was published in 2011. He has published three collections of stories. His stories have appeared in Commentary and other major journals and have won prizes in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Clayton has been professor of modern literature and creative writing at UMass-Amherst. 
Dec 10 2012
Jennifer, my then wife Jennifer, sat naked on the beach sheet in her lean, youthful beauty. The rest of us—me and my friend and colleague Sam Franklin and Elsa, his
Dec 01 2005
Words come to him at the edge of sleep. Hebrew. Bits of daily prayers, of daily blessing. Fragments in English, voices, many voices, no one he knows: inasmuch as…the forlorn ones…adversary song. A sign of sleep to come.