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Kirk Curnutt is professor and chair of English at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus in Montgomery, Alabama, where he also serves as a director of the Alabama Book Festival. His thirteen books include two novels—Breathing Out the Ghost (2008) and Dixie Noir (2009)—and studies of Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson.

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“Once Again to Zelda.” The Southern Review (forthcoming, Winter 2013)

A tribute to the romance of reading before it became---you know---a job....

 “Gertrude Stein.” American Literature Online Bibliography Series. Cambridge UP, 2012.

More background than you could ever want on the inimitable Miss Stein.

“Literary Style.” F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context, ed. Bryant Mangum (New York: Cambridge UP, forthcoming)

An exploration of what's considered "flowery" and why it's unfairly categorized as such in the work of FSF.

 “Hemingway’s Literary Friendships and Rivalries." Ernest Hemingway in Context, ed. Suzanne del Gizzo and Debra Moddelmog (New York: Cambridge UP, forthcoming)

Every insult, slur, and punch ever hurled by Hemingway.

“The Best Cemetery in the South (in which to Kiss a Woman).” Prime Number Magazine 13.1. Republished in Prime Number Magazine: Editors' Selections Vol 2 (2012)

A personal history set against the backdrop of the famous Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama.


“An Image of Order and in It, Freedom,” Shotgun Honey (October 2012)

“Awaiting the Age of the Blue Train,” Cerise Press (July 2012)

“Clues to Murple,” Mixer (Summer 2011) (originally a runner-up in Flatmancrooked’s 2010 Fiction Contest; FMC closed before publication)

“Shook Foil,” And/Or (Fall 2010)

“The Ideological Basketball Association,” O&S (September & October 2010; two-part)

“The Art of Listening,” O&S (August 2010)

“The Day Draft Beer Came to Town,” The Meadowbrook Review (Summer 2010)

“Other Men’s Children,” Flatmancrooked (Fall 2009)

“Jenny on the Block,” Suss (Fall 2009)

“Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling (Parts One, Two & Three),” O&S (April-June 2009)

“Captive Bolt on a Kill Floor,” O&S (February 2009)

“Boy in a Barn (1935),” O&S (October 2008)

“Manning the House,” O&S (August 2008)

“The Greater Mercies of Intimacy,” O&S (June 2008)

“Recipe for Remembrance (Winter 1953),” MiPOesias (Spring 2008)

Sou’wester: It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City

 “Hello Liz, Goodbye Teeth,” Alabama Literary Review (Spring 2007).

“It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the Suburbs.” Sou’wester 33.2 (Spring 2005): 111-120.

“The History Lesson.” Climbing Mt. Cheaha: Emerging Alabama Writers. Ed. Don Noble. (Jacksonville: Livingston Press, 2004): 87-98.

“Etude and Bell Tower.” War, Literature, and the Arts 14.1-2 (2002): 214-29.

“Fall of the House of Oxley.” Thicket (Spring 2005)

“Down in the Flood.” storySouth (Spring 2003)


Blog Posts

Poison Pens: Kirk Curnutt’s Review of Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry by Joe Fruscione” (The Hemingway Project)

“The Love Songs of F. Scott Fitzgerald” (Oxford UP, April 2012)

Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography by C. Edgar Grissom” (The Hemingway Project)




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