Randolph Thomas

Randolph Thomas’s story collection, Dispensations, won the MVP Award from New Rivers Press and is forthcoming in October 2014. His short fiction has recently won the Glimmer Train Stories Family Matters contest, Blue Mesa Review fiction prize, the John Gardner Memorial Fiction Award, and the Florida Review Editors’ Prize, and has appeared in The Hudson Review, Southwest Review, Arts and Letters, Washington Square Review, Harpur Palate, and other journals. He also writes poetry and teaches at Louisiana State University.

A Family of Acrobats

My grandfather could walk down the stairs on his hands. My mother and aunts could do cartwheels on the front lawn, and my mother once walked across the high school gym floor on her hands. My…