Fiction. Short Stories. The twelve Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize winning stories in TROUBLE IN MIND: THE SHORT STORY AND CONFLICT embody the Missouri Review's ideas about memorable fiction as well as exhibit our eye for talent with work by Jason Brown, Melissa Yancy, Alice Fulton, Austin Ratner and Fiona McFarlane, among others. Each well-made piece is dramatic at the core, with strong storytelling elements—powerful anecdote, mood building, and vivid characters. In TROUBLE IN MIND, the struggles mount, touching every aspect of our characters' lives—love, work, family, community, politics, and history. With a sureness of technique and economic swiftness, the authors presented here expertly blend external and internal battles that leave the character changed in a recognizable and meaningful way.
Missouri Review Books editors Kristine Somerville and Speer Morgan bring a combined editorial experience of nearly eighty years to publishing literary works by writers of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. A professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia since 1972, Morgan is among the most respected editors in literary publishing. The author of five novels and a collection of short stories and the editor of three other books, he's a past recipient of an NEA Fellowship for Fiction and the recipient of an American Book Award for The Freshour Cylinders, a novel published in 1998. Somerville's work has appeared in a variety of magazines, including the North American Review, Passages North, Quarterly West, and New Voices from the Academy of American Poets. She oversees the Missouri Review's various promotional efforts, including direct mail, national advertising, fundraising dinners, and charity events. Somerville also oversees the Missouri Review's cover design and artwork, and writes TMR's "found text" and art features.