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ZSH Literary
Zachary Tyler Vickers
Zachary Tyler Vickers

Zachary Tyler Vickers

Agent: Janet Silver

Zachary Tyler Vickers is the author of the award-winning story collection Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! (Break Away Books, Indiana University Press 2016). He is the recipient of the Richard Yates Prize, judged by novelist Adam Haslett, and the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize for excellence in fiction, and he was a finalist for the Graywolf Prize and the Calvino Prize. His work has appeared in the Iowa Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendencies, the KGB Lit Bar Journal, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His story "Karst" has been optioned for feature film.

 by Zachary Tyler Vickers
Congratulations On Your Martyrdom!
By Zachary Tyler Vickers | Break Away Books, 2016

Searing, troubling, and funny, these revolutionary, linked stories flit and dart among the shadows of small town life, and the touching and heartbreaking characters that occupy it. Employees use roadkill instead of faux pelts during a build-a-critter battle for mall supremacy. Former band geeks are harassed with mutilated musical instruments and then murdered. The collection is haunted by allusions to a fatal cannonball jump that crescendos in the explosive final story. An extraordinary addition to the canon of gonzo fiction, Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! introduces Zachary Tyler Vickers as an exciting new author whose unflinching prose grabs you and won't let go.