This Week’s Reader: Brandon Wicks

>Welcome Our New Staff Editors!About:

Brandon Wicks is a freelance writer and illustrator based in Atlanta,
Georgia. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Pembroke Magazine,
Potomac Review, Sou’wester
, and other journals.

Deal breakers:

Self-conscious lyricism. While a well-turned phrase is great, the beauty of a piece should come from how a character responds (for good and ill) to the cards she’s dealt (or has dealt herself). Similarly, stories that are excessively internalized put me off. A character should get out of her head, breathe in the soot, and interact with the world.

Stories that Brandon Wicks likes:

The Abridged Biography of an American Sniper,” by Linda Simoni-Wastila

On Becoming Women,” by Cynthia Larsen

“Buckaroo,” by Ravi Mangla

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