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James Ferry

James Ferry (1947-1999) grew up in Illinois and Michigan. He majored in journalism at the University of Michigan, and later studied at Syracuse University and the Vermont College of Fine Arts at Montpelier.

A lifelong writer, Ferry is believed to have published only a single story.

The short story Dancing Ducks and Talking Anus originally appeared in The Literary Review, a publication of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and was subsequently chosen by John Gardner and Shannon Ravenel for inclusion in the prestigious Houghton Mifflin anthology, The Best American Short Stories 1982.

“One of the most touching and vivid Native American stories I’d ever come across,” John Gardner said in his introduction to the anthology.

And John Updike later noted that Ferry had updated “a cult of pain that was here before the white man.”


James Ferry