Lit Citizenry Reads of the Week #1 — From Rebecca Renner

Favorite Submitted Reads

Here are some of my favorite things I read this week that were submitted by my Twitter followers. If you’d like to see your work featured here, share it with me using this form. Make sure you’ve followed the guidelines before you hit send. You can also participate by retweeting stories I’ve shared that have the hashtags #LitCitizenry and #StoryOfTheDay.

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

“Baby, I’m sorry Baby, I’m sorry.

Someday in the future, we will realize how many people we allow to say these words…”

Read “Forged and Reforged,” the story of a journey by Eshani Surya in Joyland Fiction.

Monday, July 15th, 2019

This second #LitCitizenry #StoryOfTheDay has everything: a colonial disappearance, conspiracy theorists, and the mysteries we’ve woven around the idea of America.

Read “Mysteries of the New World,” by Kayla Dean in The Believer.

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

This third #LitCitizenry #StoryOfTheDay is actually a poem called “We Watch the News Feed” by Jeanette Beebe in Juked Magazine.


Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

The fourth #LitCitizenry #StoryOfTheDay is a weird piece of nonfiction by Jennifer Billock. It’s about Elvis lookalike contests, a subject I’m weirdly obsessed with.

This was the most popular story last week. Read it in Smithsonian Magazine.

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The fifth #LitCitizenry #StoryOfTheDay is a wonderful nonfiction comic by Archie Bongiovanni. It’s about the gayest hypothetical town in America. Read it on The Nib, which needs more readers to stay alive!

Friday, July 19th, 2019

The sixth #LitCitizenry #StoryOfTheDay is a short story by Caroline Swicegood called “A Short Dictionary of Misunderstood Words.” It’s a tribute to Milan Kundera, which could have gone so wrong, but here, it went so right. Read it in Oyster River Pages.


Saturday, July 20th, 2019

The seventh #LitCitizenry #StoryOfTheDay is a book review by Sarah Boon in The Alpinist that makes me want to go spelunking.

“As we zoomed past the white mine walls on our underground vehicle, the rounded tunnels appeared wider than they were tall.”


My Own Work Published This Week/Recently

Even though I was out of the country for half of the month, I’ve still gotten some pretty great bylines. Here are a few for your reading pleasure.

For The Guardian, I wrote about what outsiders don’t understand about Floridian environmental politics. The sides are less Red and Blue when everything’s covered in green.

I rounded up some quotes for Real Simple that’ll help even the bro-iest bros share their feelings in a best man speech. I also dug into the best audiobooks for your summer road trip, no matter who you have in the car.

For Bustle, I talked to Kristen Arnett, who is really killing it on her book tour. Luckily all her things are Mostly Dead already.

I wrote a weird show TV guide for Vox. It’s sponsored content, so it doesn’t have my byline, but you can definitely tell that I wrote it, especially with that parenthetical aside joke in the first sentence.

I also celebrated the anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing with this profile of an engineer who saved the day. Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong wouldn’t have walked on the Moon without him.

Want to read more of my stuff? Check out my website to explore my work by topic.


What else am I up to?

I’m back from Lisbon and trying to get back into the grind. That means a little more fictiton-writing than usual, because it looks like I’ve nabbed myself an agent—from one of the best agencies in the business. More info on that to come.


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