Long-time Baltimore City school teacher Adam Schwartz, MFA ’98, has drawn inspiration from his students for his short story collection The Rest of the World. All of the stories are set in Baltimore and grapple with “who we are and the ideals we claim to aspire to,” Schwartz says. The teens and young adults that populate the books are on a search for meaning and sometimes redemption while battling a city and society that has let them down.
Adam Schwartz’s debut collection of stories, The Rest of the World, won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House 2020 prize for fiction. His stories have won prizes sponsored by Poets & Writers, Philadelphia Stories, and Baltimore City Paper and have appeared in Mississippi Review, December Magazine, Arkansas Review and elsewhere. He has stories forthcoming in Raritan, Popshot and Gargoyle. His non-fiction has appeared in the Sewanee Review, Baltimore Sun, New York Daily News and other publications. He has an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. For twenty-two years, he has taught high school in Baltimore.