Don’t Ask Me to Spell It Out is here

Very excited to announce my chapbook Don’t Ask Me to Spell It Out is now available for purchase from WhiskeyPaper Press.

Here’s what some wonderful folks had to say about it:

Don’t Ask Me to Spell It Out takes flight in the jagged chasm between who we are and who we want to be, starkly illustrating how we love, and lose, only to re-build ourselves again. —Ben Tanzer, author of Orphans and Lost in Space

Robert James Russell’s voice is full of the Midwest, full of the odd mix of modesty and boastfulness, the hard rough luck and unlikely grace that characterizes this part of the country. His young narrators, unsure of themselves and their place in the world, help us navigate through our own uncertainty. —Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies

Simply put, they don’t make them like Robert James Russell anymore. Witness here the craft of a master. Crisp, fine-tuned stories that milk every bit of meaning and power out of the words while still managing to touch and move the reader. We’re lucky to have him, so consume these works greedily and then do it all over again. —Jared Yates Sexton, author of An End to All Things

The book is $12, and I am so, so thankful to Leesa and Loran at WhiskeyPaper Press…so happy with how it turned out, with everything.


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