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An experimental flash collection published in the US by Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2020

DIRECTORY collects the lives of interconnected twins and triplets whose identities switch and blur and fracture as their plural selves crisscross the country. The inhabitants of the collection explore the causes of their trauma, reliving memories of past existences, looking for an end to their pain.


A graduate of Virginia Tech’s wonderful MFA program, Christopher Linforth has since worked with Denis Johnson, Rick Moody, and Andre Dubus III, among others. In the last few years, he has been awarded fellowships and scholarships to the Vermont Studio Center, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and other residencies and conferences. Recently, he has published essays in The Millions on Best American Short Stories, literary podcasts, and contributors’ notes, and other subjects in The Good Men Project, The Pinch, South Dakota Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Whiskey Island, and in the University of East Anglia’s Hinterland. He recently won Epiphany‘s Breakout 8 fiction prize. Other recent fiction is in the Notre Dame Review, Fiction International, Grain, Hotel Amerika, BULL, Rock & Sling, Day One, SAND, New World Writing, Popshot, Meridian, and Consequence. His latest book is DIRECTORY.


“Christopher Linforth’s splendid Directory is composed of shrapnel selves, both aesthetic and existential, each shard sharp, concentrated, biting, brutal, devastating, and astonishing.” —Lance Olsen, author of My Red Heaven

“Christopher Linforth’s Directory offers prose that twins no others. Original crisp writing, taking its readers on an unforgettable journey, through portals of the unknown. A wonderful, surprising, powerful read.” —Kim Chinquee, author of Wetsuit and Shot Girls.

“…refreshing at times, shocking, disorienting and puzzling at others, but throughout the entire book you follow a thread of tender humanity that begs you to identify with a perspective that squeezes, prods and stabs at the heart in a multiplicity of ways.” —Levi Noe, Bending Genres

“…what is distinctive about the book…its use of the story-fragment to both exploit brevity as a self-sufficient narrative strategy and to organize a series of such brief stories so that the result is a work that has structural coherence without strictly conforming to a pre-established form.” —Daniel Green, The Reading Experience

“Linforth’s elegant and powerful prose invites the reader to join a chorus of collective voices that explore questions of identity, the constant uncomfortableness of growing up and the painful legacy of abuse.” —María Alejandra Barrios, Smokelong Quarterly.

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