Always Check Your Pockets by Dorene O’Brien

Art Credit - PP&P Staff

Art Credit – PP&P Staff

Dorene O’Brien is a Detroit-based writer and teacher who knows the difference between your and you’re but doesn’t lord it over people. Though she thinks celebrity stalking could be fun, she has tried and persistently failed to achieve more than a passing interest in anyone famous. She has won Red Rock Review’s Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, the New Millennium Writings Fiction Award, the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award and the international Bridport Prize. She was also awarded a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and her stories have been published in special Kindle editions but her cat still doesn’t take her seriously. Her dog, however, adores her, but she also adores squirrels, sticks and America’s Funniest Videos, so there’s that. Visit her at www.doreneobrien.com and read her fiction at

http://www.newmillenniumwritings.com/Issue13/nmw13-fiction-Dorene-OBrien.html

http://www.themontrealreview.com/2009/A-Short-Distance-behind-Us.php

http://baltimorereview.org/index.php/fall_2013/contributor/dorene-o-brien

Dorene O'Brien doing her Helen Keller impression while production line signing copies of Detroit Noir, in which her story "Honesty Above All Else" appears.

Dorene O’Brien doing her Helen Keller impression while production line signing copies of Detroit Noir, in which her story “Honesty Above All Else” appears.

Through clever disguises O'Brien is generally able to avoid being mobbed by rabid fans.

Through clever disguises O’Brien is generally able to avoid being mobbed by rabid fans.

Dorene O'Brien sleeps with Joseph Heller at Key West writing conference.

Dorene O’Brien sleeps with Joseph Heller at Key West writing conference.

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5 thoughts on “Always Check Your Pockets by Dorene O’Brien

  1. cute – once my brother had a frog in his pocket – his grandmother put it thorugh the wash – she was not happy

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