“Do No Harm” in Monkeybicycle

My flash fiction story “Do No Harm” has been published in Monkeybicycle and can be read now on their website. This is my second time working with Monkeybicycle‘s wonderful editor James Tate Hill and it’s been a joy having my writing under his editorial care. Thanks also to Seattle friends and colleagues at Hugo House for helping me with this story.

In previous drafts, the story that is now “Do No Harm” was a Finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2017 Very Short Fiction Award and received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s July/August 2016 Very Short Fiction Award contest.

At 3:17 pm EST Ben McKinnon walked into the Emergency Room at County Hospital and announced that, in eight to twelve hours, he would die.

Read the whole story online at Monkeybicycle.

Radio Play

My short story “Doreen,” originally published in Joyland Magazine, has been adapted into a radio play for Delmarva Radio Theatre, a program of Delmarva Public Radio. It aired on September 9th, 2018 and is now available as a podcast.

From their blurb:

“Doreen” is adapted for radio from a short story of the same name by the author, Margaret Adams. Those of you familiar with The Delmarva Review will remember Margaret as the author of three superb pieces published by the Review. The radio drama “Doreen” is a monologue in which Doreen tells us about being diagnosed with breast cancer and her subsequent choice of treatment. It’s a moving and perhaps somewhat controversial story. Actress Judy Hearn, a member of the Community Players of Salisbury, takes the role of  Doreen. Author Margaret Adams is a nurse practitioner. In interviews before and after the presentation of the play Margaret discusses “Doreen” from both a literary and medical perspective.

You can read the original short story here


You can listen to the show here

PLR #12 Now Available

Pacifica Literary Review Issue 12 can now be purchased online and delivered to your mailbox. It’s got an amazing opening from the editor John Cena Matt Muth, a great design, and includes my story “Bargains.”

PLR 12

I was surprised and delighted to see this amazing introduction from contest judge (& author of the amazing collection People Like You) Margaret Malone when I got my copy:

Introduction Malone

Order a copy of PLR Issue 12, then review it!



Year in Reading – 2017


If you’ve read any of these and want to chat about them, please email me! Likewise, if there are books you think I should read, let me know. Sometimes I write short reviews over on my Goodreads page.

Selected 2017 Reading (alphabetical by author/editor last name by genre)

Short Stories/Collections

  • What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
  • A Model World and Other Stories by Michael Chabon
  • The Black Monk by Anton Chekhov
  • The Essential Tales of Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
  • Transactions in a Foreign Currency by Deborah Eisenberg
  • The O. Henry Prize Stories edited by Laura Furman
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Send me Work: Stories by Katherine Karlin
  • At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid
  • A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
  • Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
  • Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
  • Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munroe
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
  • Green Mountains Review edited by Dan Pinkerton
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • Love and Hydrogen: New and Selected Stories by Jim Shepard


  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Daisy Miller by Henry James
  • Long Division by Kiese Laymon
  • Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  • Eileen by Ottessa Mosfegh
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington
  • Mythologies by Roland Barthes
  • Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles
  • And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos by John Berger
  • Ways of Seeing by John Berger
  • On Writing by Charles Bukowski
  • Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton
  • The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine by Rita Charon
  • The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus by Cyril Connolly
  • An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
  • My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain by Aaron Dixon
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Ethical Issues in Rural Health Care edited by Craig M. Klugman
  • The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
  • Table Talk: From the Threepenny Review edited by Wendy Lesser
  • More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers by Jonathan Lethem
  • Things I Don’t Want to Know: On Writing by Deborah Levy
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté
  • Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care by Dayna Matthew
  • Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice by Colum McCann
  • Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality edited by Jonathan M. Metzl
  • Ventanas de Manhattan by Antonio Muñoz Molina
  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
  • Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver
  • Politics and the English Language by George Orwell
  • Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy
  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
  • Against Interpretation and Other Essays by Susan Sontag
  • God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  • My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story by Abraham Verghese
  • When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood
  • Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir by William Zinsser


  • Three Poems by John Ashbery
  • On Cats by Charles Bukowski
  • Loosestrife by Stephen Dunn
  • Ugly Time by Sarah Galvin
  • The Temple Gate Called Beautiful by David K. Kirby
  • Falling Water by John Koethe
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Plays/Zines/Graphic Novels/Other:

  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  • Wit by Margaret Edson
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  • The Ring of Fire Anthology by E.T. Russian
  • The Bad Doctor by Ian Williams

“Doreen” in Joyland

My short fiction story “Doreen” is out in Joyland Magazine and can now be read in full on their website.

As The Seattle Review of Books wrote after last month’s Lit Crawl, “Joyland Magazine is built on a contradiction that isn’t one: that fiction is both an international movement and grounded in local communities. They have editors throughout the United States and Canada who are responsible for curating stories that define each region’s unique character, and they publish by the map — stories are grouped and tagged by location, so readers get to know the flavor of a particular place.”

From the same review: “Adams’ ‘Doreen’ (coming next issue) takes a woman comfortably padded against unpleasantness into the teeth of the medical system.”

Thanks to Joyland PNW editor Kait Heacock for picking “Doreen” out of the pile and giving it a home.

Glimmer Train Award Finalist

I’m very pleased to announce that my short story Do No Harm was a Finalist for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award.
From their email:

…we really enjoyed “Do No Harm”! Although it did not win this time, I am happy to inform you that it did make the Top 25 list. Congratulations! (That’s the top 2 – 3% of over a thousand submissions!) Be sure to mention this achievement as you send the piece back out into the world.

I am grateful to the editors of Glimmer Train for reading my work and for all that they do. Last year I was pleased to be awarded an honorable mention, and I’m thrilled to have moved up to being a finalist this go-around.

“All Hazards Model” in Monkeybicycle

My flash fiction story “All Hazards Model” has been published in Monkeybicycle

I scribbled my first draft of this story during a public health nursing lecture on disaster preparedness. I didn’t do anything with those scribbles for a few years, but I loved the picture that had formed in my mind of the risk analysis expert, her tornado-alley sister, and the radioactive ground that was their childhood. I’m happy that those “class notes” turned into “All Hazards Model” and found a home in Monkeybicycle.