Angela Mitchell

Angela Mitchell (Fiction) | St. Louis, MO

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Angela Mitchell’s stories have appeared in Colorado Review, New South, Carve, Midwestern Gothic, storySouth and other journals. Her story, “Animal Lovers,” was awarded Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction and given special mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXV; her flash fiction was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2018 (Braddock Avenue Books). Mitchell is a former Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She currently directs a community writing workshop and serves as an editor for december magazine. An eighth generation native of the Ozarks of southern Missouri, she now lives in St. Louis with her husband and sons. Unnatural Habitats & Other Stories (WTAW Press, October 2018) is her first book.


Unnatural Habitats & Other Stories (WTAW Press, 2018). Short Stories. Fiction.

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“Set in and around Arkansas, Angela Mitchell’s debut collection, Unnatural Habitats, bravely explores all four corners of the human heart, and then some. Here we have characters who are sloppy and funny and flawed. You may find yourself, despite best intentions, falling in love with the whole lot of them, for Mitchell writes with all the grace of Elizabeth Spencer and all the grit of Larry Brown.”
—Nick White, author of Sweet and Low and How to Survive a Summer

“Angela Mitchell writes some of the best opening lines I’ve seen in a long time. So don’t start any of the stories in Unnatural Habitats if you’re in a hurry, because once you’ve read that first sentence, you will be hooked and unable to do anything else until you get to the end. This is an exciting debut by a young writer with loads of talent and plenty of heart. Highly recommended.”
—Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World and The Realm of Last Chances

Unnatural Habitats is full of raw, real, rural characters with complicated Midwestern minds. These are fiercely independent people trying to make their slow way in a fast world that sometimes breaks their hearts. Mitchell’s voice is fresh and brave. She writes the Missouri landscape with affection and truth. We are the animals Mitchell pens and we’re better for her vision.”
—Melissa Scholes Young, author of Flood

“All worthwhile short stories must find a way, against the odds, to entertain. These stories do. They’re knowing. They’re funny. They hold a sense of lurking danger. Angela Mitchell writes about her schemers, her outcasts, her trouble-plagued men and women, with such a natural authority that their messy behavior makes perfect sense. Captivating, perceptive, Unnatural Habitats is an impressive first book.”
—John Dalton, author of Heaven Lake and The Inverted Forest

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