Sam Gridley

Sam Gridley

Sam Gridley is the author of the novels The Shame of What We Are and The Big Happiness. His fiction and satire have appeared in more than fifty magazines and anthologies. He has received two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and numerous honors from magazines. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and neurotic dog.

moral ambiguities in everyday life

JD Fox interviews
Sam Gridley


Our fiction co-editor JD Fox recently had this exchange with Sam Gridley, our Issue #18 featured fiction author. Here’s what he had to say about his writing process, his guiding lights, and what went into “How I Found God in the Laundromat” and what he hopes readers get from it…. Read more

"Willing" by Karen Henderson, 9"x9" Fiber and Mixed Media, Mud Season Review


How I Found God in the Laundromat

By Sam Gridley

Actually He was a little white-haired Jewish lady. But therein lies the tale. As a twelve-year-old I scorned the ritual of becoming a man. The religious part of it, I mean, which included meeting each Thursday with the assistant rabbi to study my Haftarah portion, the verses from the Prophets that I would chant at my Bar Mitzvah….
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