Susan Jackson Rodgers will be at Watermark for a reading and signing of "Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6".
Who hasn’t feared turning the aisle and running into their ex in the supermarket?
Susan Jackson Rodgers’ latest collection of short stories, Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6, chronicles various characters’ sometimes-real, sometimes-imagined encounters with ex-lovers, old friends, deceased family members, and former versions of themselves.
A widow discovers her new friend is married to a past lover. A man collects memories of his five ex-wives. A mother of three young children is left reeling from a divorce. Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6 explores how the past can bubble up into the present, and how we deal with the tension between our past identities and who we have become.
Fans of the writers Antonya Nelson or Jean Thompson will appreciate the elegant writing that reflects Rodgers’ 25 years of experience teaching creative writing. Rodgers’ previous short story collection, The Trouble With You Is, won the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in journals such as the New England Review, North American Review, Glimmer Train, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Prairie Schooner, among others. Before Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6 was picked up for publication by Press 53 it was a finalist for the prestigious Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.
Susan Jackson Rodgers grew up in Connecticut and New York City. She earned her B.A. from Bowdoin College in Maine, her M.A. from Kansas State University, and her M.F.A. from Bennington College. She is the author of two story collections: The Trouble With You Is (Mid-List Press, 2004) and Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6 (Press 53, September 2012). Her fiction has appeared in journals such as New England Review, North American Review, Glimmer Train, Beloit Fiction Journal, Quick Fiction, and Prairie Schooner. Susan is the past recipient of two Kansas Arts Commission Fellowships and two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions, and winner of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. She taught at K-State for many years, and now lives in Corvallis, Oregon with her husband and three children. She teaches creative writing and literature at Oregon State University. Susan Jackson Rodgers is available for interviews, as well as for opportunities for readings, creative writing workshops, and other book events.