Dana Green


dana-green-photoDana Green is the author of the fiction collection Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing, co-winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Denver. She lives and writes somewhere outside of Denver with her almost husband and cat.


Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing

Co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize
Novel. 5.25″x8″, 124 pp., paperback. July 2016.

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Dana Green’s debut collection of stories, Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing, explores how storytelling changes with each iteration, each explosion, each mutation. Told through multiple versions, these are stories of weapons testing, sheep that can herd themselves into watercolors, and a pregnant woman whose water breaks every day for nine months — stories told with an unexpected syntax and a sense of déjà vu: narrative as echo.

“I love Dana Green’s wild mind and the beautiful flux of these stories. Here the wicked simmers with the sweet, and reading is akin to watching birds. How lucky, and how glad I am, to have this book in my hands” (Noy Holland). “Dana Green’s Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing is a tour de force of deeply destabilizing investigation into language and self, languages and selves — for the multiplicities abound here. Excitingly reminiscent at times of the work of Diane Williams and Robert Walser and Russel Edson, Green’s brilliant writing is also all her own. This book is the start of something special” (Laird Hunt). “Language becomes a beautiful problem amid the atomic explosions and nuclear families and strange symmetries and southwestern deserts and frail human bodies blasted by cancer that comprise Dana Green’s bracing debut, which reminds us every ordinary moment, every ordinary sentence, is an impending emergency” (Lance Olsen).



2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize Winners & Finalists

We said that we’d pick two, but went ahead and picked four instead. Also: calling up first-time authors at home? There is just no better part of this job. Meet the winners and read excerpts: Steven Dunn’s novel Potted Meat, Dana Green’s fiction collection Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing, Amy King’s poetry collection The Missing Museum, and Kim Parko’s novel The Grotesque Child.