A. Papatya Bucak

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Ayşe Papatya Bucak has published prose and poetry in a variety of magazines, including "The Kenyon Review," "Creative Nonfiction," "Prairie Schooner," "Pank," and "The Fairy Tale Review." Her short fiction has been awarded the O.Henry and Pushcart Prizes, and she has held residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Hedgebrook Farm, Willapa Bay AIR, and the Studios of Key West.  She is a contributing editor for the journal Copper Nickel and Aster(ix).

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.

Craft Essays:

"Complicating Your Conflict"

"Person, Place, or Thing?: Characterizing Setting"


"The History of Girls"

"Little Sister and Emineh" (with access to Project Muse)

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

Short-short fiction:

"Self Portrait, With Birds"

"Rabbi in a Tea Cup"


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

"I Am Not a Muslim But"

"Am I White?"

"Three Things I Have Never Told Anyone"

"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"


O.Henry Prize Stories

The Coastal Star