Byron Spooner

The Acrobat Rides the Horse in Sequins

Byron Spooner’s short story, “The Acrobat Rides the Horse in Sequins,” won Honorable Mention in the 2021 Dillydoun International Fiction Prize. You may access the full story as a PDF by clicking here, or by clicking on the cover below. If you wish to purchase the print anthology, you may do so on Amazon (Buy Now) or check with your favorite bookseller.

Byron Spooner is the author of Rounding Up a Bison: Stories (Andover Street Archives Press, 2021). He is retired as the Literary Director of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library where for many years he produced literary events. He founded and edited The Readers Review, the Friends’ literary blog, where he wrote about books, music, film, and bookselling. His writing has been published widely on a variety of platforms. He served on the San Francisco Poet Laureate Nominating Committee and the One City, One Book Selection Committee of the SFPL and on the Boards of Litquake, California Public Library Advocates, and the Advisory Board of the Beat Museum. He is also an adventurer, a naturalist, and a partner in Andover Street Archives, brokering literary and cultural archives to university libraries. From 1982 to 1996 he owned and operated Books Revisited, an award-winning outlaw bookstore in San Rafael, California. Back in the seventies he was a founder, editor, and writer of The Paper Tiger, the underground newspaper of the New Jersey Student Union. He lives with his wife, writer Judith Ayn Bernhard, in San Francisco. Visit his website at:

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