Short Stories

Rebecca’s stories have been published in numerous literary journals, including The Kenyon Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Bellingham Review, The Tusculum Review, Prick of the Spindle, and Third Coast.

“[Rebecca’s] stories—which deal with stolen bicycles, faked orgasms, troubled love affairs, cows, doomed domestic attachments—are always wonderfully quirky, continually surprising and original.  She has a rich and varied imagination and an eye for the oddball, the unusual, the offbeat in American life and culture.  Her stories are wonderfully clear and accessible, her language lucid and lyrical, taking the reader into places he or she has never quite been before.” -Ronald Wallace, author of thirteen books, most recently, For a Limited Time Only

“Rebecca Kanner’s stories are nimble, unpredictable, and beautifully written.  Plus they absolutely fly along.  She is a master of narrative momentum.”  -Marshall Klimasewiski, author of two books and short stories that have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories and elsewhere

“Rebecca Kanner writes haunting, dream-like stories about love and loss and the sometimes terrible price of the quest for self-realization.  Like Chinese sumi paintings, they give us worlds of great depth and subtlety, rendered with an incredible economy of brush strokes.”  -Richard Thompson, Minnesota Book Award Winner

“The fictional worlds of Rebecca Kanner’s creation are both familiar and wonderfully alien and make the reader see anew the intoxicating strangeness of that shared hallucination we call The Real. She is an absolute original, a writer with a knife-sharp edge I’m all too happy to cut myself on.” -Kellie Wells, author of Compression Scars, winner of the Flannery O’Connor and the novelsSkin and Fat Girl, Terrestrial 

“Rebecca Kanner writes stories the way Glock makes guns: Sleek, fast, handsome, and deadly.  Be prepared.”  -Kyle Minor,author of In the Devil’s Territory


“…smart, sophisticated, elegantly wrought.” -Jaimy Gordon, author of Lord of Misrule, 2010 National Book Award Winner

“… disturbing – wonderfully so.”  -Amy Bloom, author nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award

“Wonderful, crisp dialogue.”  -Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, 2009 Man Booker Prize Winner

“Weird, majestic, and brilliant.”  -Michael Nye, Managing Editor of The Missouri Review and author of the forthcoming Strategies Against Extinction.  “The Ten Best Short Stories (Ever!)”

“In Rebecca Kanner’s ‘Distance,’ a young woman in a combative relationship becomes consumed by running, the hobby of her lover.Through her obsession with both him and his pastime, she arrives at a dark self-discovery.” -Nicola Mason, The Cincinnati Review

“Rebecca Kanner is burrowing her way into my mind as one of the better writers on the topic of obsession working in fiction today… This particular story twists and turns a bit, with the obsessions going into corners that I certainly did not expect when I began the story, where to me it was obviously going to be a girl wants boy, does she get him? story.” -Dan Wickett, Executive Director, Dzanc Books


“Kanner deftly shows us what a dark, desperate love can do through the eyes of multiple characters. Read it.” -Meg Galipault, The Kenyon Review

“’Byblis’… is just incredible… Kanner captures each of the characters speaking to the reader with a unique voice, and these voices are begging to be heard. There is a wanting within their voices… that is extremely strong, truly making the story one I couldn’t set down. “ -Dan Wickett, Executive Director, Dzanc Books


“… stunning writing of the highest caliber” -Lisa Swanstrom, Sun Spinner


“A gem.” -H.M. Patterson, Fiction and Managing Editor, The Tusculum Review

No One Will Know

“A beautiful story.” -Cynthia Reeser, founder of Prick of the Spindle and Publisher of Aqueous Book



“What was it Wordsworth said? That poetry is ‘the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions recollected in tranquility’? Well, that’s what we have in Kanner’s piece, but I don’t think that this is the kind of thing Wordsworth had in mind when he was writing his definition. The tale is about junkies, a runaway, a twelve-year-old doing things that even someone twice her age has no business doing. There’s a kind of innocence here, and it’s recollected from an older age, recollected with a kind of love, even though the reality of the moment is anything but.” –Jon Morgan, Short Story Reader

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