Mary Helen Stefaniak

April 14th Wednesday Words at the Nebraska Arts Council

April 15, 2010

It was a pleasure to read from The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia to a great lunchtime audience at the headquarters of the Nebraska Arts Council, 1004 Farnam Street, in Omaha. The thirty or so people filling the tables and extra chairs laughed in all the right places, much to my delight, while I did my best impression of narrator Gladys Cailiff. (To my mind, Gladys sounds a lot like my Aunt Sissie probably did when she was eleven, the both of them having been born and bred in middle Georgia.) Many thanks to the Nebraska Arts Council and to the wonderful audience of friends, neighbors--and even some people I never met before!

Selected Works

Novel
A hidden history of the South emerges when a worldly teacher leads Threestep, GA, to reinvent itself as “Baghdad.”
Hilarious and moving, a masterful debut novel about a Milwaukee immigrant family's secret history.
Short Fiction
"Every story I have ever written is in some sense an argument with Flannery O'Connor, as well as a tribute to her. This story happens to be the only one that mentions her by name."--MHS
Short stories by Nebraska writers edited by Ladette Randolph, with an introduction by Mary Pipher
Fiction (short stories)
In these nine stories, “the familiar world is both funnier and sadder than it seems.”
--Kalamazoo Gazette
Creative Non-Fiction
A rich and comprehensive collection of literary writings about the Midwest.