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A. Papatya Bucak


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A. Papatya Bucak has published stories, poems, and essays in a variety of literary magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Pank and The Fairy Tale Review. Her short story, “The History of Girls,” originally published in Witness, was selected for the 2013 PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories; and her short story, “Iconography,” originally published in The Iowa Review , was selected for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. She was the recipient of a 2005 Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the State of Florida, and has been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook Farm. She was born in Istanbul, Turkey.

She used to keep a blog,
Reading for Writers , on technique in works of fiction. Now she keeps a blog for Bedford/St. Martin’s on Teaching Creative Writing .

Some of her work can be found online.



“An Ottoman’s Arabesque” (April 2014 audio podcast)

“Little Sister and Emineh” (with access to Project Muse)

“Also Known As Fiction” (with access to J-Stor)

Short-short fiction:

“Me, Then”

“Self Portrait, With Birds”


“An Address to My Fellow Faculty Who Have Asked Me to Speak About My Work”

“A Student Tells Me I Would Do Anything—And I Do Mean Anything—For a C”

“I Cannot Explain My Fear”

“Studies for a Drawing in Red”

“With a Little Help From My Enemies”

“Teacher’s Pet”

“No Longer Just Visiting”


Kenyon Review Conversation

O.Henry Prize Stories

Palm Beach Post

The Coastal Star



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