by Stanley Dankoski
My writer bio
Stanley Dankoski is a book editor, portrait/event photographer, and certified Gateless Writing instructor, with fiction published at Literary Orphans, The Great Smokies Review, and Lime Hawk. One of his flash fiction stories landed on the 2016 Wigleaf longlist, and a short story was a semifinalist for the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Having spent most of his life in New England, he now writes from Asheville, North Carolina.
2015: "Hands" in Literary Orphans and on the 2016 Wigleaf longlist
2016: "Graveyard Shift" in The Great Smokies Review
2017: "Making Hay" in Lime Hawk
2017: "Channeling Thomas Wolfe’s Uncle: The Muse in Masquerade" in The Great Smokies Review
2018: “Yearning: Story’s Efficient Engine“ in The Great Smokies Review
1996-2006: In a former life, in college and post-graduation, I was a small-town reporter for both weekly and daily newspapers, where I first learned how to take photos to accompany my stories. I am grateful for all the photographers and photo editors who have taught me a thing or two along the way.
Houlton Pioneer Times, Houlton, Maine
Bangor Daily News, Bangor, Maine
The Maine Campus, Orono, Maine
The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester, N.H.
The Salem Observer, Salem, N.H.
And in 2001 I had a freelance story in Quill, a magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists.
My first published story ever
1994: "Charles Hutchinson" in ECHOES magazine, written in high school as part of the ECHOES high school outreach program. The magazine had a contest that I did not place, but the publisher deemed my story worthy to publish after further revision. The publisher later became my college advisor.