The stories in Mark Polanzak’s BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning The OK End of Funny Town stitch fantastic situations into the drab fabric of everyday life. The author delights in stretching every boundary he encounters, from the new focus on practical learning at the New Community School, to the ever-changing tastes of diners in search of the next big trend in local cuisine. Wondrous yet familiar, The OK End of Funny Town excavates the layers between our collective obsession with passing fads and our secret yearning for lasting connection.
“Mark Polanzak’s The OK End of Funny Town is packed with fantastic worlds, rich with menace and wonder and high-wire feats of voice. Here you’ll find mimes, robots, clones, summer camps designed to help adults recover their lost childhoods—and sharply funny insights into the human condition. A wonderful debut.” —Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
Mark Polanzak is the author of the hybrid fiction/memoir POP! (Stillhouse, 2016). His stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The American Scholar, and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017. He is a founding editor of draft: the journal of process and a contributor to the podcast The Fail Safe. A graduate of the University of Arizona’s MFA program in fiction, he teaches writing and literature at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Salem, Massachusetts.