Pray for Yourself

Anne Calcagno

Critical Acclaim

“Characters walk off the page into the reader’s heart.”

Feminist Bookstore News

“Succinct, deliberate, poetic.”
Hungry Mind Review

“Calcagno writes fiction like a poet.”
Chicago Sun Times

A Top Shelf Writer pick: “mentioned repeatedly by local editors, writers, and publishers because of the outstanding quality of the work…some of the best writing being produced in Chicago” 

Chicago Magazine

“Calcagno has the clean voice and sharp unblinking eye of a true storyteller.”
—Larry Heinemann

Listed on Harper’s Bookshelf

“Anne Calcagno is emerging as a first-string talent. We should thank her for the stories in Pray For Yourself. They are luminous and invaluable.”
—William Kittredge

“Nine stories, each unforgettably clear, magnetic and alive. Language as maddeningly fascinating as a fifty car locomotive, perfectly carved, from a single piece of wood.”
—Lynda Barry

“These are chancy, exhilarating and often disturbing stories. Calcagno’s high-voltage images remind us that nothing is mundane, that our many small disturbances are darkly miraculous.”
—Rick DeMarinis

“Kinetic, perceptive, intensely visual. This is energetic and intelligent writing – a delight to follow.”
—Susan Engberg


  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • San Francisco Foundation Phelan Literary Award 
  • Two Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowships


Listen to Anne Calcagno read an excerpt from Patricia’s Jaw, one of her short stories included in Pray for Yourself.

patriciasjaw (mp3)