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Harvard Review Short Story Chosen for Best American Series

Harvard Review 28 (Spring 2005)

May 25, 2005 - For the fourth consecutive year a piece from Harvard Review has been selected for inclusion in The Best American Series (Houghton Mifflin), a showcase for the year's finest poetry, short stories, and essays since 1915. "Justice Shiva Ram Murthy," by Rishi Reddi, was chosen for the 2005 edition of The Best American Short Stories by guest editor Michael Chabon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer. Reddi’s story originally appeared in Harvard Review 27 (Fall 2004). Contributors to Harvard Review have also been selected in recent years for Best American Poetry 2002, Best American Essays 2003, Best American Short Stories 2003, and Best American Essays 2004.

"Justice Shiva Ram Murthy" follows the cross-cultural experiences of an older Indian man who travels to the United States to live with his daughter. A judge in his homeland, the protagonist grapples with the loss of status in a culture he doesn’t quite understand. Local author Reddi is the recipient of a 2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant. She has also been a NIMROD/Hardman semifinalist, a Glimmer Train Emerging Writers Competition finalist, and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship grant recipient.

The new issue of Harvard Review is due for release in June and, according to editor Christina Thompson, "it’s a wonderful issue." Harvard Review 28 contains fiction from Joyce Carol Oates and the English writer Jim Crace; a new introduction to Don Quixote by Mario Vargas Llosa written in honor of the work’s 400th anniversary; poetry by Seamus Heaney, and Samuel Menashe, and photographs by John Coplans.

Harvard Review is published twice yearly, in spring and fall, and subscription information can be found at http://hcl.harvard.edu/harvardreview. The journal can also be purchased for $10 from the Harvard Coop, the Harvard Book Store, or directly from the Harvard Review office in Lamont Library (for a list of additional bookstores that carry the journal, contact the office at harvrev@fas.harvard.edu or 617.495.9775). The staff includes Thompson, editor; Katherine Bell, managing editor; Don Share, poetry; and Lan Samantha Chang, fiction.

 


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