Calder G. Lorenz

One Way Down (Or Another)

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Ray had said that the worst part was the crying. The fountain of emotion. The unwelcomed discharge of tears. A day or two into a detox, a day or two without whatever you liked to use, whatever had become how you related to the world around you, how you loved and how you found happiness in the day’s incoherent movements, its unpredictable arrangement. Then, there you were, tears erupting as you tried to put together a cheese sandwich. 

“Living in San Francisco, I’ve known of Lorenz’s work for years, and now the secret is out.  Here’s an artist whose palette holds the colors beauty and brutalitysqualor and tenderness.  Lucky for us, he mixes them into literary combinations we’ve never known before.  ‘One Way Down (Or Another)’ might be the best debut I’ve ever read!” — Joshua Mohr, author of the memoir “Sirens” (2017), and novels including, All This Life, Fight Song, Damascus.

Sad Little Dream: Review of Calder G. Lorenz’s One Way Down (Or Another)

One Way Down (Or Another) Reflection  By Calder Lorenz (Essay)

Writing in the Realm of Alternative Facts (ESSAY)

Writer’s Bone Podcast Interview

One Way Down (Or Another) is 5/5 Stars at the San Francisco Book Review!

One Way Down (Or Another) is 4/5 stars at the Seattle Book Review

Review on Buzzfeed: 5 Dark Literary Reads To Check Out This Winter

Review on BRIT & CO: 5 Refreshing Book for a Spring Escape

Review in The Mercury News: The San Francisco Bay Area is the star locale of new fiction and nonfiction book releases

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Original Artwork for One Way Down (Or Another) by Ian Wright

Author Photo by Kendra Leingang



Calder G. Lorenz

is the author of One Way Down (Or Another), his debut novel from Civil Coping Mechanisms. Born in Washington D.C., he has lived in numerous other states and Canada, and now resides in San Francisco, California.

His shorter fiction has been published in sPARKLE & bLINK 2.4, Switchback, Curly Red Stories, FictionDaily, Two Dollar Radio’s Noise, Literary Orphans, Crack the Spine, Black Heart Magazine, Litro Magazine, The Forge Literary, The Birds Piled Loosely Press, and gravel.

He has an MFA from the University of San Francisco and works in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District at St. Anthony’s Dining Room.

Shorter Fiction

Shorter Fiction Publication Links

“Even in the Dark,” in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine

“fall into it,” in bad pony Magazine

“Something like Iceland,” in Chicago Literati Magazine

“Little Fellas,” Devil’s Lake Literary Journal 

“What do you do?” in The Forge Literary Magazine

“Tito, Tito, Tito,” in Litro Magazine

“Out of the Alleyway,” in Black Heart Magazine

“out back by the rabbit pen,” in Switchback Literary Magazine

“Buffalo Park,” in Curly Red Stories Literary Magazine

“Gigi’s,” in gravel Literary Magazine

“Now What,” in Literary Orphans Magazine

“New Year’s Day in the Northwest,” in Crack the Spine’s Literary Anthology, XIII

“Frank’s Place,” in The Birds We Piled Loosely Issue 10, 2017

“The Good Road Gone” Featured Story in New Pop Lit, 2017

Interview Links:

Writers Bone Interview

Crack the Spine’s Literary Magazine

Curly Red Stories Literary Magazine

Film Work:

Script Supervisor for Francis, a film by Eron Carruth

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Contact Calder at calderlorenz at gmail dot com.

Looking forward to hearing from you.