Jonathan Callahan’s first book, The Consummation of Dirk, winner of Starcherone Books’ 8th Prize for Innovative Fiction, was published by Starcherone/Dzanc in the spring of 2013.
In announcing his selection, contest judge Zachary Mason wrote, “The stories in this collection have the texture of the long bad nights that one keeps to oneself and is prone to think no one else experienced. The gifted child contemplating murder, the husband drowning in melancholy, the pro basketball athlete finding his road to Damascus all emerge from adept torrents of words that bear comparison with Virginia Woolf and David Foster Wallace.”
Adds author and life coach Rick Moody, in his preface to an interview with Callahan for Fiction Writers Review:
“In the end, my requirement for literature is that it harbor some deep engagement with the verifiable complexities of human consciousness. Almost all books, in my estimation, fail at this engagement. Jonathan Callahan, who feels he is doomed sometimes, who can’t keep his shit together exactly, spins out this deep engagement as though it were easy, or natural to him. That means: he has lots and lots of talent.”
Jonathan’s essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in Witness, Pank, The Millions, The Collagist, Unsaid, Fiction Writers Review, The Lifted Brow, Quarterly West, Heavy Feather Review, and many other venues in print and online.
He grew up in Honolulu and currently lives in Brooklyn.