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Work Samples

Far West excerpt

"Far West" is a selection from a story collection-in-progress, titled "Far West," featuring short stories that take place in the contemporary American West. Several stories in this collection have won awards in national competitions. (5-page excerpt)

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The second excerpt from "Far West," "Winnemucca" takes place in a Nevada casino town and illuminates the challenges an aging musician faces as she chases after her dream of independence and success. 

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The third excerpt from "Far West," "Tarzan (again)" finds the now-divorced and long-outdated Tarzan living in a Berkeley houseshare with "Boy," his disaffected son, whose respect he desperately hopes to win back.

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About ron

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Ron Tanner’s writing has been named “notable” in both Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories and his awards include a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, a Best of the Web Award, and many others, as well as fellowships from the Michener/Copernicus Society, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the National Park Service, to name a few. He is the author of five books, most recently Missile Paradise, a novel named “notable” by the American Library Association. His... more

Far West

Full story of  "Far West," inspired by a gone-viral headline that read, "Oklahoma Man Arrested in Stolen Car with Uranium, Rattlesnake, Gun, and Whiskey"

Far West 3

Full story of "Tarzan (Again)," from  the "Far West" collection.

ron's Curated Collection

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