Luke Rolfes

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The stories in Flyover Country examine the crushing truths and strange consolations of Middle America, offering gripping visions of the struggle for identity, dignity, and sometimes life itself. In "Three Months," a young man leans on his older brother before he surrenders himself for jail time he believes will ruin his life. In "Cold Town," we crash headlong through the forest with a new dad who has a killer snapping at his heels, and in "Snow Geese," we see the collision between a teenager's broken family and his girlfriend's dark secret.


Praise for Flyover Country

The 14 short stories in Flyover Country pull strongly and insistently at the heart. 

Anthony Bukowski, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Flyover Country is ‘the size of thunder’ and ‘the simple cadence of raindrops,’ visceral and unforgettable.

Meg Tuite,

author of Bound by Blue

Welcome to Flyover Country, a region extending from the Mississippi to your own secret heart.  This is an extraordinary collection.”

Anthony Varallo, author of Think of Me and I'll Know


Luke Rolfes grew up outside of Des Moines, Iowa. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato and currently teaches creative writing and literature at Northwest Missouri State University. His book Flyover Country won the Georgetown Review Press Short Story Collection Contest, and his stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals around the country.

His fiction won the Iron Horse Discovered Voices Contest, and was shortlisted by the Iowa Short Fiction Award, Spokane Prize, and Flannery O’Connor Award. He served as a mentor in the AWP “Writer to Writer” program, and he is as co-editor for the Missouri-based magazine The Laurel Review. 





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