Wells Tower

Wells Tower

Wells Tower's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Outside, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, The Washington Post Magazine and elsewhere. The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, and the Plimpton Discovery Prize from The Paris Review, Tower is the author of "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned," a collection of short fiction to be published in March 2009 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He lives in North Carolina.

Published

Wells Tower on His First Kiss

At 13, I was sure I was the only American boy who hadn't yet gotten his mouth onto someone else's mouth.

Wells Tower
Jul 11, 2018

How to Extract a Tick from Your Junk

You consider yourself a gentleman, and so it's important, when you wake up with a stranger in your underpants one remorseful summer morning, that you manage the matter with due delicacy and grace.

Wells Tower
Feb 15, 2012

(Near) Death in Venice

Ah, Venice, city of love—and site of one of the world's largest, goofiest rowing regattas, where anybody is welcome to paddle anything through the storied canals for 19 glorious, grueling...

Wells Tower
Mar 11, 2010

The Tuber

Having constructed the greatest flotation device mankind has ever known, our fearless writer embarks on an ill-conceived, possibly insane crossing of alligator-infested North Florida via a string of...

Wells Tower
Mar 19, 2009

Best Towns 2008

Your town got you down? We've got your escape plan right here. These 11 stars of America's 21st-century Renaissance—from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire—are riding a wave of...

Katie Arnold, Wells Tower, and Ryan Krogh
Jul 25, 2008

Meltdown

Funny story: My old man gets cancer, survives, vows thenceforth to see as much of the world as he can, drags me all over creation, and leaves mind-bending mishaps in his wake. Our next mission? Tour...

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Apr 1, 2008

The Thing with Feathers

Is it a bird or a haunting memory?Wells Tower tracks an uncertain resurrection in the big woods of Arkansas

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Mar 1, 2006

Let the Bad Times Roll

Adventure, big and small, is all about risk. The risk that things may go terribly wrong. That danger will finally cut off your credit and hit you with a hefty bill. That luck will flee the scene as...

Peter Stark, Jane Smiley, Jon Lee Anderson, Ken Collins, Bucky McMahon, Skip Horner, Michael Perry, Wells Tower, Michael Behar, Ben Ryder Howe, Daniel Duane, Ace Kvale, Joe Glickman, Mark Levine, and Jason Stevenson
Oct 1, 2005

Airborne Again

CHRIST HAS RETURNED. No, not the carpenter—the skater. Christian Hosoi ("Christ" to fans) is resurrecting his career at 37. After a drug-fueled meltdown that ended with four and a half years in...

Wells Tower
Sep 1, 2005