I couldn’t fit her into the last My Friends Write Things because, well, I don’t actually know her, so it’d be weird to claim her as a friend of mine. But she’s rocketed to the top of my list of writers to keep a watch for.
I was a reader for the most recent issue of Interfictions, and the two stories that got my strongest recommendation were both by Debbie Urbanski. They were structurally experimental investigations of the relationship between parent and child, unsettling in the best way and impossible to stop reading. One of them, “A Primer on Separation,” leads off the new issue, and I hope the other finds a home soon so I can link it here. Hers is an astonishing, memorable voice that you want echoing in your brain.