The Atlantic Monthly
“The Wall”


Tin House

Selected Shorts
“The Knowers”

Electric Literature

“The Doppelgangers”

Time Out New York

“The Normal Person”

Selected Shorts

“Honey I Twisted”

Electric Literature

“The Apartments of Strangers”

Tin House

“Flesh and Blood”

Selected Shorts

“The Messy Joy of the Final Throes of the Dinner Party”

Electric Literature

“The Knowers”
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“Chai Wan 4”

Fairy Tale Review

“One of us will be happy; it’s just a matter of which one”

Selected Shorts: Too Hot for Radio Podcast

“The MyMan Solution”

PEN America

“The Disappearing Bride and Other Stories”


“The Wedding Stairs”


Washington Square Review

“It Should Be”


“Things We Do”
(winner of DIAGRAM’s Innovative Fiction Contest)


“The Paste-and-Scissors Man”

Salt Hill

“The Regimes”
(winner of the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction)

Gigantic Worlds

“An Alien Education”

TASTE Magazine

“The Wedding Stairs”

The Scofield


The Mississippi Review

“The Joined”
(listed as Recommended Reading by editors of Best American Fantasy Writing)

New Limestone Review

“Lilm” & “The Impossible Angle”

Sonora Review

“Helen #8”


“The Eyeballs of Cecile”
(winner of the Meridian Editors’ Prize)

Brooklyn Magazine

“Lux et Veritas”

Draft: The Journal of Process

“Drought #5”

Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature

“We #5” & “Fight #3”

The Pinch

“When the tsunami came”

Electric Literature Outlet

“An Extremely Normal Man”

The L Magazine



“The Beekeeper”

American Fiction

“Twenty Tales of Natural Disaster”


“Five Wedding Tales”


“The Hauntings”


“How I Began to Bleed Again After Six Alarming Months Without”


“Missing Person”






The New York Times Book Review
Wait Till You See Me Dance by Deb Olin Unferth”

The New York Times Book Review

The Sleep Garden by Jim Krusoe”

The New York Times

“Four Women Bond Over the Beauty in Their Baldness”

New York Magazine

“4 People, 650 Square Feet: A Love Story”


“How to Prepare for the Worst Day of Your Life”


“Escaping the Self-Critical Eye for the Sake of My Daughter”

Poets & Writers

“The Impossible Is Now Possible” (Helen Phillips interviews Barbara Gowdy)

Brooklyn Magazine

“Required Reading: 50 Fictional Women We’re Obsessed With”

The Iowa Review

“Life Care Center”
(winner of the Iowa Review Nonfiction Award)

The Believer Logger

“Influenced by Steven Millhauser”

Brooklyn Magazine


Literary Mothers

“Lessons from the Art Monster: Helen Phillips on Jenny Offill”

The Story Prize

“My Own Private Bob Dylan: Why I Spent Years of My Life Writing a Book So Bob Dylan Might Someday Read It”

Brooklyn Magazine

“Our Favorite Writers Recount the Most Romantic Things They’ve Ever Read”

Indie Authors Naked

“Helen Phillips on Joseph Wade”

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The Chicago Review of Books

Poets & Writers

Largehearted Boy

Fiction Advocate

Necessary Fiction

The Reading Lists


Catching Days

The Page 69 Test