Podcasts, Radio, and Recorded Readings

Kim Magowan and I talked to Colorado Review podcast host Lilia Shrayfer about our short story “Twenty-three Safety Manuals,” published in Colorado Review this past Spring.

I read an excerpt of my story “Paula Watt,” published in Witness, for Witness Weekends

My story “A Mouth is a House for Teeth” was featured on the podcast Nobody Reads Short Stories.

I read in the Best Small Fictions and Best Microfiction reading for National Flash Fiction Day 2020.

My story “A Mouth is a House for Teeth” is discussed in the Colorado Review podcast.

Marrie Stone interviewed me for Writers on Writing

I recorded a short audio clip about my story “Stories People Tell” for Superstition Review, where the story was originally published — Authors Talk: Michelle Ross

Reviews

Shapeshfting

“Ross’s aversion to neat, easy answers is complemented by a gift for dramatizing evidence to the contrary. This is the source of her subtlety. Many of the stories have open, Chekhovian endings. The comfort of resolution is not nearly as interesting as the surprise and mystery arising from observable ambiguity…Ross’s writing probes and tests assumptions that we often take for granted, and raises questions that will leave the reader musing, long after a story is finished.” -Charles Holdefer, Full Stop

“One of the standout stories comes toward the end of the collection, “The Pregnancy Game,” the only story to not prominently feature a mother figure or mother-to-be. In it, a group of girls play a game in the woods, organized by one of their number. They are given a status (pregnant or not pregnant), roll a die, and then advance forward a number of spaces and read their fate off a paper plate, options such as “You’re a slut who had casual sex and then took a morning-after pill. Go back to start.” The participating girls are confused; there’s no good outcome, pregnant or not. It is a brief but hard story, one about loss and the backwards laws women are still fighting against in this country. Consequently, it is the story that best captures womanhood: these are girls just entering the seventh grade, and already they are grappling with the consequences of pregnancy, Right to Life activists, late-term loss, their sexuality and gender and what these mean. Already, they are learning what rights and freedoms they and their bodies don’t have.” -Kathryn Ordiway, Masters Review

“The writing throughout this collection is compelling; the dialogue is especially authentic. But what really propels this group of stories is that Ross’s characters invite us into their most vulnerable moments and confess the kinds of imperfections that keep plenty of mothers awake at night. Ultimately, as one narrator reminds us: “all children are experiments — messy, uncontrolled, long-term experiments. Every day, there’s more to observe and discover.” And so it follows that every day, there is so much more we mothers are hoping to get right.” -Carla Panciera, Mom Egg Review

“Ross’s writing is descriptive and still manages to be spartan; the characters are complex and occupy their pain to a degree that’s magnetic and disturbing. Each interaction is a ten-car pileup you can’t help but watch. Each piece of dialogue and exposition rolls into the next, exquisite and excruciatingly beautiful.” -Mick Parsons, Moon City Review

There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You

“I first discovered Michelle Ross when I read “If My Mother Was the Final Girl,” which won the Gulf Coast Fiction contest in 2003. This story is both a guide to slasher films and an uncomfortable look at the rituals of a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship. Ross’s varied collection runs the gamut from realism to speculative fiction. In “Key Concepts in Ecology,” workplace politics play out as a threatening creature lurks near an office building. “Stories People Tell” begins as a statutory rape scenario and evolves into a situation of even greater moral complexity. Ross never lets the reader off easily: We emerge exhausted and grateful from each of her well-earned conclusions.” -Jan Stinchcomb, Paper Darts

“The stories are peppered with sticky, slimy, jelly-like imagery, and cultural relics. Newton’s Third Law becomes seamlessly paired with a sticky lollipop, a mother explains life to her son in an aquarium, and another mother explains death in a Home Depot. Ross’s ability to be both technical and fantastical shows her versatility as a science writer and storyteller. There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You tackles big topics, yet remains sharp in its presentation.” – Kate Stern, An Antigone Books Review.

“Who are we, if we mostly don’t exist? Ross presents a more kaleidoscopic vision of our short, mostly mundane lives, forcing us to wonder just how much more they haven’t told us, how many more ways of seeing we have yet to discover.” – Siel Ju, The Rumpus

“This collection feels like a science textbook that’s been handed down from student to student, scribbled with notes, hearts and dragons penned over topographical maps—transformed into an art object that contains both science and myth. Ross’s stories are smart, heartfelt, and surprising.” – Dana Diehl, Heavy Feather Review

“This book makes me less lonely.  This book breaks into homes and bodies full of dysfunction, and looks each character in the eye.  Maybe what’s most moving about Michelle’s stories is they are honest.  They don’t flinch.” -Melissa Goodrich, blog

“Ross excels on many levels. Her lyrical, image-rich prose consistently startles. She has penned some serious, brave, thoughtful, and, at times, very emotional stories that steer clear of sentimentality.” – Nick Kocz, The Collagist

Interviews

Sara Walker interviewed me about Shapeshifting for the Superstition Review blog

Deborah Kalb interviewed me about Shapeshifting for her blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb.

Kathryn Kulpa interviewed me about Shapeshifting for Cleaver Magazine.

Curtis Smith interviewed me about my new story collection, Shapeshifting, for JMWW,

Al Kratz interviewed Kim Magowan and me about our collaborative story “Twenty-three Safety Manuals,” as well as about the collaboration process in general.

Lilia Shrayfer interviewed me about my story “A Mouth is a House for Teeth” (published in Colorado Review, 2018) for the Center for Literary Publishing blog at Colorado State University.

Sommer Schafer interviewed me about my story “Swarming” for The Forge.

Damyanti Biswas interviewed me on her blog Daily (w)rite.

Cathy Ulrich interviewed me at Pidgeonholes.

Smoke & Mirrors: An Interview with Michelle Ross I talked with Christopher James about my story “The Sand and the Sea” in SmokeLong Quarterly

Tommy Dean interviewed me for his flash fiction interview series.

Valerie Waterhouse interviewed me about my story “Night Bloom” for The Forge.

Dan Wickett asked me a few questions about my story collection for National Short Story Month at Emerging Writers Network.

I was interviewed, along with a number of other flash fiction writers and editors, for this article in The Writer, “Expert Tips for Writing the Best Flash Fiction

Aram Mrjoian asked me some questions about There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You for The Adroit Journal– A Conversation with Michelle Ross

John Haggerty asked me some questions about writing and about my story “The Difference Between Me and Everyone Else” for The Forge — FLM Author Interview: Sparks Fly with Michelle Ross

Chuck Aguello asked me some questions about There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You for Cease, Cows — Fiction That Multitasks: An Interview with Michelle Ross

Eleanor Gallagher interviewed me for Fiction Writers Review — Learning to Re-See: An Interview with Michelle Ross

Deborah Kalb asked me some questions about my book for Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb — Q&A with Michelle Ross

Smoke and Mirrors: An Interview with Michelle Ross I talked with Shane Stricker about my story “Of All the Animals in the Aquarium” in SmokeLong Quarterly

Miscellaneous

Electric Literature included my story “If My Mother Was the Final Girl” on this list of Our Favorite Essays and Stories About Horror Films

Entropy included my story “Night Bloom,” published in The Forge, in their list of the best online short stories of 2018.

Paper Darts included There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You on their list of favorite small press story collections of 2017.