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by Joan Wilking

Winner of the Second Annual Wild Onion Novella Contest, judged by Lindsay Hunter

A tree falls in 1955, and in its wreckage spores of poisonous mushrooms begins to grow. Nearly thirty years later, during the height of the AIDS epidemic, those fungi and the death of acclaimed choreographer Haze Morton bring together his partner, Martin, his lover, Luca, and a reclusive artist, Charlotte Previty. Each of them come to understand the ways in which their lives have crossed because of Haze, and how they can begin living again, together. Mycology is a quiet, sharp examination about the ways in which we and others can keep ourselves from growing, and how the right people can help us repair that damage.


A gem of a book, brutal and exact yet tender and searching.

—Lindsay Hunter, author of Eat Only When You’re Hungry


Joan Wilking’s short fiction has been published in The Atlantic, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Barcelona Review, Other Voices, The Mississippi Review, Ascent, Hobart, Clackamas, The MacGuffin, Elm Leaves, and others. She has also contributed creative nonfiction to The Manifest Station, New World Writing, and Brevity. She was a finalist for the 2010 Nelson Algren Short Story Competition of the Chicago Tribune, and received special mention in the 2016 Pushcart Prize XL Anthology. She lives and works at the edge of the earth overlooking Plum Island Sound in Ipswich, Massachusetts.


Pages: 200

Publication Date: August 2017

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