Defying Gravity

Fiction by D.C. Area Women

Edited by Richard Peabody

Now available!

“Defying Gravity is a lucid tour through a world of love and terror, dementia and madness, longing and recovery — a fascinating range of the harsh realities of everyday life with a touch of the supernatural. The breath and style of the stories in this collection is as intriguing and varied as the Washington women who write them.”
— Nichole Bernier, author, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

“Tender and edgy, witty and wild: 43 DC-area storytellers — established and debut — explore vanishing babies, dream jobs, renegade parents, violence, adultery, politics and the devil's own daughter. Even when they venture into darkness, these stories gleam.”
— Dylan Landis, author, Normal People Don't Live Like This

“Richard Peabody has once again curated an eclectic menagerie of fiction written by Washingtonian women. DC is a literary city, as his devotion shows.”
— Shawna Kenney, author, I Was a Teenage Dominatrix; editor, Book Lovers

Cover art by Sheep Jones.

Featuring works by:

Malve S. Burns, Tracy Alig Dowling, Julia Dubner, Solveig Eggerz, Amani Elkassabany, Julia Elliott, Katie Pickard Fawcett, Diana Friedman, Arin Greenwood, Elizabeth Word Gutting, Shelby Settles Harper, Melanie S. Hatter, Cathy Hostetler, Shelagh Powers Johnson, Trasi Johnson, Stephanie Joyce, Jacqueline Jules, Brooke Kenny, p. m. korkinsky, A. Levy-Lavigne, Veronica Li, Katharine A. Lorr, Kate Lu, Mary Claire Mahaney, Jocelyn McCarthy, Barbara Moore, Brighid Moret, Kathryn Murphy, Lisa Nanni-Messegee, Allison Nichol, Judith O’Neill, Maggie Nye, Bethanne Patrick, Valerie O. Patterson, Eena Ruffini, Adrienne Benson Scherger, Anne Sheldon, Julie Shields, Marija Stajic, Suzanne Stroh, Mary Switalski, Sally Toner and Krista Waple



We also held a Defying Gravity event on February 6 at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA;


Defying Gravity is getting noticed—see what colleagues at the Washington Independent Review of Books have to say!


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