Hi Everyone!

Happy May!

Today on the blog, Joseph Harris and I will be talking about his story, “Jack” from his award-winning Wayne State University Press collection, You’re in the Wrong Place, which was chosen as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book.

It’s best to read the story before listening to our discussion so we don’t spoil the ending for you.

Just click on this link for the full story:

“Jack” by Joseph Harris


Kelly Fordon and Joseph Harris discuss “Jack.”

**If you would like a written transcript of this discussion, please use the contact form to request a PDF. I have a rudimentary transcript provided by Otter (it isn’t perfect!) I can provide as an alternative to our recorded discussion.


If you enjoy this discussion, please check out the podcast “Let’s Deconstruct a Story”, for more episodes on Spotify here.


Joseph Harris



Joseph Harris is the author of the story collection You’re in the Wrong Place (Wayne State University Press, 2020), recently named a Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan and a Midwest Book Award Finalist for the short story. His stories have appeared in Clackamas Literary Review, Midwest Review, Moon City Review, Great Lakes Review, The MacGuffin, Third Wednesday, Storm Cellar, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota, where he received the Gesell Award for Excellence in Fiction and the Winifred Fellowship, and an MA from Wayne State University, where he received two Tompkins Awards in Fiction, the Loughead-Eldredge Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing, and the Thomas R. Jasina Endowed Scholarship in English. He lives in Oak Park, MI, and is completing a second collection of linked stories set in Northern Michigan.

“You’re in the Wrong Place” is available at:

Book Beat (via Bookshop)
Wayne State University Press
Pages Bookshop

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