Pulitzer-prize-winning author Anthony Doerr selected my story “Hellion,” originally published in The Georgia Review, for Best American Short Stories 2019. My story was featured in Selected Shorts: Best American Short Stories with Anthony Doerr at Symphony Space in New York City on October 2, 2019. Actor Donna Lynne Champlin (of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) read “Hellion,” and a recording of her reading is now available as a podcast on NPR.
“Guest host Tayari Jones presents stories about rites of passage between childhood and adulthood. In Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector’s lyrical ‘The First Kiss,’ a young boy has his first brush with the sensual. Pepe Nufrio is the reader. A fiery country girl shows a cool city boy the ropes—and a gator—in ‘Hellion,’ written by Julia Elliott, and read by Donna Lynne Champlin.”