William Jablonsky, MFA, associate professor of English, will host a reading from his new book Feral Boy Meets Girl this evening at 7:30 p.m. The event will be hosted virtually.
Feral Boy Meets Girl is a collection of stories that blends literary fiction with elements of science fiction, fantasy, and horror to tell stories of outsiders within their communities, their homes, and even their intimate relationships.
“A lot of things inspired the stories in this collection, from my experiences as a parent of an autistic child, to serving as a committee secretary early in my career at Loras, to watching the news,” Jablonsky said. “In my head I sort of concocted narratives around them that encapsulated my experiences in hyperbolic terms, which is largely what fiction is.”
Jablonsky earned his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. He teaches introductory and advanced fiction workshops, as well as courses in screenwriting, genre fiction writing.
He is the author of two previous books: a magical realist story collection The Indestructible Man: Stories (2005) and the steampunk novel, The Clockwork Man (2010). His short fiction has frequently appeared in national magazines and journals, including Asimov’s, Shimmer, The Florida Review, Phoebe, and many others.
“The one I’ll be sharing tonight, “Do Not Break The Heart Of Charles Nelson Bereiter,” is probably the most ‘me’ of any story in this book, in that it represents my playfulness, my affinity for POV experimentation, and my belief that stories ought to be about serious matters but also fun to read,” he said.
The book reading can be viewed via Zoom here.
Feral Boy Meets Girls is available through Unsolicited Press and can be ordered here.