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August 2018
New Delta Review

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TV Girls

Dana Diehl

The winner of New Delta Review's Seventh Annual Chapbook Contest, Dana Diehl’s "TV Girls" is at once a celebration and interrogation of reality television and its conventions, going beyond the pristine decor of the Fantasy Suite and into the mess of reality at its realest. In high-definition prose, Diehl takes a genre often known for exploitative nature and makes it the locus of an exercise in radical empathy. Chen Chen, the judge of this year’s contest, writes of "TV Girls": “Story after story, Diehl discovers fraught vulnerabilities and startling truths in the lives of girls and women confronting the expectations of TV, lovers, family, and one another.” For a sneak peak, check out the title story, which was re-published in New Delta Review's latest issue.


Dana Diehl received her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Arizona State University in 2015.

Praise for this book

"Dana Diehl's 'TV Girls' is 21st-century magic."

Salvator Pane, author of "Last Call in the City of Bridges" and "Mega Man 3"