Stories & Essays

Selected Short Stories

My short story “A Cat Called Grievous” appeared in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading. Click here to read.

My short story “The Infidelity of Judah Maccabee” aired on NPR’s Hanukkah Lights special, hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. Listen here (scroll down to hear individual stories)


“Collections,” Witness, Summer 2016
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“Tattoo,” Bellevue Literary Review, Fall 2016
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 “Mama’s Boy,” Slice, Spring/Summer 2012
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Short stories by R.L. Maizes have also appeared in Blackbird, The MacGuffin, The Barcelona Review, Brain Child, Bartleby Snopes, Eclectica, and other literary magazines. 

Selected Flash Fiction

 “L’Chaim,” Monkeybicycle, Summer 2012
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Selected Essays

“My Apology to Facebook for Cheating With Twitter,” Brevity Blog, October 24, 2018.

 “Bad Dog,” New York Times, September 10, 2013

 “Don’t worry, millennial underachievers: It’s always been tough to figure out your life.” The Washington Post, October 5, 2016

“I know how to use a hammer. So why do I let my husband do everything around the house?” The Washington Post, January 14, 2016

 “Animal Instinct,” Southwest: The Magazine, March 2016

 “Rose Gold,” Lilith, Winter 2015-2016

Essays by R.L. Maizes have also appeared in Spirituality & Health, Moment, and other magazines.