A boy watches a television program with his mother where the camera follows an elderly lady in a beige pantsuit as she interviews impoverished women on sidewalks. One of the three interviewees screams at Jesus over a husband whose amputated toes were fed by mob hands through a Midtown sewer…


*This post contains spoilers. If you haven’t yet done so, read “Dear Holly, Be Right” by Garrett Dennert now.

“Dear Holly, Be Right” is the most personal story of my short story collection, Strays Like Us. Here’s why.

On three separate occasions, I’ve moved to the city of Seattle. The…


2929 Productions / via stuffpoint.com — Pictured here is a still from John Hillcoat’s 2009 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

2012 — We were college students between classes on a Tuesday in the middle of Michigan’s ugliest month — there really was no reason to be at that eight-by-eleven living room window. Yet, there we were, gazing upon those melting patches of snow, those tracks for train cars of chemicals…


To celebrate the third anniversary of the release of Wounded Tongue, I opened the floor up for people to ask me any questions about the book and about my life as a writer.

Check out the answers below, and, if you haven’t already, check out Wounded Tongue now.

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*This post contains spoilers. If you haven’t yet done so, read “Rasp” now.

The first draft of “Rasp” was written, I want to say, in 2011, as a creative writing student at Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!). I don’t remember many details about the first draft, or the second…


*This post contains spoilers. If you haven’t yet done so, read “Heel to Lung, Ear to Ear” now.

“Heel to Lung, Ear to Ear” is an unconventional story in a number of ways, starting with how it was conceived. First drafts of “Heel to Lung, Ear to Ear” and “Julio…


*This post contains spoilers. If you haven’t yet done so, read Q&A” now.

This isn’t a new idea, but something I like doing to inspire creativity as a storyteller is to create a box for myself. By that I mean introducing restrictive elements to the storytelling process. For example, in…


*This post contains spoilers. If you haven’t yet done so, read Flask by Garrett Dennert now.

“Flask” still agonizes me, due to its inclusion of a terrible racial slur. The protagonist of “Flask” is Lucas, an eight-year-old white boy growing up in 1960s Arkansas. His father is a mortician at…


Chances that a writer today will survive off of short stories: slim to none. What happened?

via The Atlantic

A young Ernest Hemingway lunches in Manhattan with several writer friends, either at Luchow’s or at The Algonquin. Somehow, some way — whether instigated by Hemingway himself, or as a challenge by one of…


Spending your entire day on task really is overrated.

Buzzfeed / via YouTube

I grew up in the center of the self-proclaimed asparagus capital of the world — Oceana County, Michigan. …

Garrett Dennert

Seattle-based author of Wounded Tongue and Strays Like Us, Garrett Dennert crafts wise and approachable novels, short stories, essays, screenplays, and more.

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