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Stuart Dybek

Stuart Dybek is the author of several collections of short fiction, including I Sailed with Magellan (FSG, 2003), and a collection of poems, Brass Knuckles. His stories appear frequently in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and the Atlantic Monthly, and in the O. Henry, Pushcart, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation, and he has received a PEN/Malamud Prize, a Lannan Award, and a Whiting Writers Award.


A Steamer Trunk

Spring 2004 | Fiction

She asked me to go with her to pick out a trunk for her journey. It seemed to me like a strange request as, though neither of us had said it, we both knew that her leaving was the way we were breaking up. Even stranger was that I agreed to help her.