Brian Kiteley

Brian Kiteley has received WhitingGuggenheim, and NEA writing fellowships as well as residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Millay, Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He teaches at the University of Denver in their English and Literary Arts Department.

Brian is the author of three novels, The River Gods, I Know Many Songs, But I Cannot Sing and Still Life with Insects. He’s also published two books of fiction exercises, The 3 AM Epiphany and The 4 AM Breakthrough. He is at work on two linked novels, Emily’s Book and Jack’s Book, set in Greece and Egypt in the late 1980s, about love, sun, sex, and the CIA, with cameos by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and low-level al-Qaeda operatives.

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Write a 500-word fragment of fiction about a happy couple who try to solve a simple mystery. Tell us the story from the point of view of only one member of this couple. Maybe they’re in the early bloom of love, or maybe they’ve been together quite a while. The fact that they’re in love and relatively happy is not what concerns this piece of narrative, but the way these two people (man and man, woman and woman, or woman and man) work together is crucial to the resolution of the problem at the heart of the story.