Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing

Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing
Dana Green

Co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize
Short Fictions | 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, author of Bird and Swim for the Little One First

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, author of Neverhome and Kind One

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, author of Theories of Forgetting and There

read excerpts from Sometimes the Air…


tour dates for Dana Green and Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing

(reverse chronology)

18 June 2016: Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Tarpaulin Sky Book Launch
Steven Dunn, Dana Green, and Kim Parko
With guest readings/performances/artwork by:
Meg Tuite, Jamie Figueroa, Autumn Gomez, Anna Yarrow, Collestipher Chatto, Edie Tsong, and Jamison Chas Banks
6pm at El Zaguán
Historic Santa Fe Foundation
545 Canyon Road

27 May 2016: Denver, CO
Dana Green with Lindsey Drager, Erica Lewis, Caroline Cabrera, Mathias Svalina
7pm at Leon
1112 E 17th Ave

23 April 2016: Longmont, CO
Adult Story Time
David S. Atkinson, Angela Buck, Steven Dunn, Dana Green, Katie Jean Shinkle, and Khadijah Queen
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Still Cellars Distillery & Art House
1115 Colorado Ave

16 April 2016: Denver, CO
Tarpaulin Sky Press Book Launch at Counterpath Press
Kim Parko, Dana Green, and Steven Dunn
7:00pm to 9:00pm
7935 East 14th Ave

1 April 2016: Los Angeles, CA
AWP Offsite Reading
Anomalous, Drunken Boat, Goldline, Noemi, Ricochet, Shearsman, Tarpaulin Sky
Brent Armendinger, Cameron Awkward-Rich, drea brown, Kirstin Chen, Maxine Chernoff, Shira Dentz, Scott Esposito, Carrie Etter, Elisabeth Frost, Temim Fruchter, Chloe Garcia-Roberts,Dana Green, A. Kendra Greene, Elizabeth Hall,  Sandra Hunt, Grace Shuyi Liew, Deborah Meadows, Nathan Parker, Kim Parko, and Tim Tomlinson
6:30 at Opodz in Little Tokyo
362 East 2nd St.

31 March 2016: Los Angeles, CA
AWP Offsite Reading
Denver Quarterly, Dorothy, and Tarpaulin Sky
Cathy Linh Che, Ching-In Chen, Claire Donato, Dana Green, Elizabeth Hall, Manuel Paul Lopez, Kim Parko, and Suzanne Scanlon
7:15 at Pieter in Lincoln Heights
420 W Ave 33, Unit 10


about Dana Green

Dana Green 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.

read more at our author page for Dana Green