Ryan McIlvain

RYAN MCILVAIN {[email protected]} is a current Steg￾ner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. His stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The Potomac Review, The Chatta￾hoochee Review, and other magazines. His short story “Keep It Bi￾ble” received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Sto￾ries 2009 and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009.


Articles/Essays – Volume 42, No. 1

At nineteen, a Mormon missionary in Brazil, I felt foreign in every part, torn from language.  “Boy, it’s cold out,” I’d quip to the natives.  “No, Elder, hot” they’d say. “The word is hot.”  At…

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The Canyon That is Not a Canyon

Articles/Essays – Volume 43, No. 3

This is Dagan on the day after a 4 a.m. porn binge. Another. The third in as many weeks. He drifts into the living room in late afternoon, sees Tam at his computer, freezes. He…

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