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Ron MacLean is author of the novels HEADLONG (September 2013) and Blue Winnetka Skies (2004) and the story collection Why the Long Face? (2008). His fiction has appeared in GQ, Fiction International, Best Online Fiction 2010, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of the Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction and a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee. He holds a Doctor of Arts from the University at Albany, SUNY, and teaches at Grub Street in Boston. See his work at

His essay "Is Fiction Empathy's Best Hope?" appears in the April 2013 issue of The Drum and appeared originally in print in Talking Writing.

His flash fiction piece "How to Club a Fish" appears in the July 2015 issue.

Audio Stories by RON MACLEAN

How To Club A Fish

Is Fiction Empathy's Best Hope?