Peter J. Stavros is an author and playwright in Louisville, Kentucky. His work has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post and The Boston Globe Magazine. His collection of short stories, Three in the Morning and You Don’t Smoke Anymore, won the Etchings Press 2020 Book Prize for a Chapbook of Prose. Other works by him include the short story collections (Mostly) True Tales From Birchmont Village and All The Things She Says, and the novella Tryouts. Peter’s plays have been produced across the country, garnering Audience Choice accolades at various festivals. He earned a BA in English from Duke University, where he received the Newman Ivey White Award for Fiction, and studied creative writing on a graduate level at Emerson College and Harvard University. More can be found at www.peterjstavros.com and follow on Twitter and Instagram @PeterJStavros.
All The Things She Says
Sadie says we have to leave …
With those few urgent words, the journey begins for this couple—from their chance encounter freshman year awaiting their college dorm assignments, through all of the roadblocks and detours and dead ends, until some thirty years later when they finally understand where they are meant to be. All The Things She Says is a chronicle, recounted in vignettes and episodes, of the course these two take in their relationship together, told from the point of view of Sadie’s spouse, who witnesses firsthand, and often helplessly, the struggles and travails Sadie endures in trying to find herself with the constant fear that time is slipping away. Yet in the end, they arrive at a plan—the plan Sadie first had in that freshman dorm room.
Initially published nonsequentially in literary journals and magazines over a span of more than seven years, these sixteen short stories are now assembled into one complete collection. All The Things She Says is a discourse on life and love and commitment, and shows that while the path may be difficult to follow, the destination is nonetheless worthwhile.
(Mostly) True Tales From Birchmont Village2021
Three in the Morning and You Don't Smoke Anymore2020
Awards and Recognition
- Winner of the Etchings Press 2020 Book Prize for a Chapbook of Prose