Damian Dressick's work has appeared in nearly fifty literary journals including failbetter.com, New Delta Review, Alimentum, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Vestal Review, Caketrain, Dos Passos Review and Contrary Magazine.

Damian's story "Accrual", which appeared in Issue #55 of Gargoyle Magazine, was nominated for the 34th Pushcart Prize, his second nomination.

Damian teaches writing at Robert Morris University. He has written extensively about Pennsylvania's coal country, including a historical novel and "Home Brew," a short story anthologized in Main Street Rag's Dots on a Map, Stories from Small Town America.

Damian holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Gargoyle Magazine #55


Issue #55 of Gargoyle Magazine with my story "Accrual"


blue-eyed boy bait


The inaugural and current issue of blue-eyed boy bait with my story "Stripper"


New Delta Review


The Winter 2009 issue of the New Delta Review with my story "Quitting with Jimmy"


Weave Issue 2


Issue #2 of Weave Magazine with my story "What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Your Cousin Who's in Prison"


Dots on a Map


Main Street Rag's anthology Dots on a Map, Stories from Small Town America with my story "Home Brew"


Issue 8 of Alimentum with my story "The Food Speakers"

  Worcester Review  

Issue 28 of The Worcester Review with my story "Shooting Elvis"

A Graphical Representation of My First and Only Date with Laurel Wisenstein Expressed Using the Chart Function of MS PowerPoint™ (online, Mad Hatters' Review, Upcoming)
Cleaning House (online, BLIP Magazine, Summer 2011)
Worship, Kinship, Imitation, Flattery (online, Hot Metal Bridge, Spring 2011)
Life Lesson (online, Smokelong Quarterly, December 2010)
Losing the Light (online, The Barcelona Review, October 2010)
AutoDestruct (online, elimae, May 2010)
This Is Not a Story About Last Chances (online, JMWW, Spring 2010)
Ab Initio (Dos Passos Review, Winter 2010)
Accrual (Issue #55 of Gargoyle Magazine, Winter 2009 (nominated for a Pushcart Prize))
I Know You Rider (online, Issue IV, Volume 1 of Connotation Press, December 2009)
Stripper (Issue One of blue-eyed boy bait, Fall 2009)
Scalene (online, Issue 27 of Right Hand Pointing, July 2009)
In the Land Between the Valley and the Hills, What Men Said, They Meant (online, Hobart, July 2009)
The Food Speakers (Issue 8 of Alimentum, Summer 2009)
A Small Important Moment at the Corner of Hollywood and Fairfax (online, 751 Magazine, May 2009)
Possessions (online, Paper Street, May 2009)
Quitting with Jimmy (New Delta Review, Spring 2009)
Four Ways of Looking at Nashville (Kudzu, Spring 2009)
Fable of the Deconstruction #473: Jameson on Polish Hill (online, Snow Monkey, March 2009)
What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Your Cousin Who's in Prison (Issue #2 of Weave Magazine, May 2009)
Color Scheme (online, 5_TROPE, February 2009)
In Order to Live (online, DOGZPLOT, February 2009)
A User's Guide to Bringing My Ex-Girlfriend Shelley to Orgasm (online, Pindeldyboz, November 2008)
Ice Water, Here on Earth (Pittsburgh City Paper, September 25, 2008)
Jesus in 42 (online, failbetter.com, June 2008)
He Needs Your Help! (online, TPQ Online, January 2008)
The Devil Has All the Best Tunes (online, LauraHird.com, Winter/Spring 2008)
Shooting Elvis (The Worcester Review, Volume 28, 2007)
Cleanliness (StoryGlossia, December 2007)
If I Could Only Tell You One Story (Caketrain 05, November 2007)
Shopping (online, GHOTI, Issue 12, November 2007)
Kampala 2012 (online, Contrary Magazine, Autumn 2007)
Four Hard Facts About Water (online, Vestal Review, July 2007, (nominated for a Pushcart Prize))
Breakfast at Bethany's (online, 63 Channels, June/July 2007)
Victory (online, Brilliant! Quarterly, June 2007)
Oooops! (55 Word Stories online journal, May 2007)
Another Night With Jim (online, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, April 2007)
Showing Walter's House (online, 3711 Atlantic, April 2007)
Ten Important Facts About Fire (online, flashquake, Spring 2007)
The Fungible Trajectories of Carol (online, Word Riot, 2007)
That's a Code 60, Dispatch (online, Mud Luscious, 2007)
Fall Line (online, The Aroostook Review, Summer 2006)