Alumnus author seeks to deliver ‘that Bruce Lee punch’ with his debut collection

Close-up photo of Xavier Atkins.

X.C. Atkins’ newest work is a debut collection of short stories. “Grace Street Alley and Other Stories” contains 27 interlinked stories, set largely in Richmond.

X.C. Atkins (B.A.’08/H&S), a Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus, is a writer of many interests. He has published works as varied as noir-tinged short stories, comic books about spirit animals who roam a post-apocalyptic Earth, and zines on a range of topics, including a tribute issue dedicated to Rod Stewart that was lauded as “a brilliant masterpiece” by the singer’s oldest fan club.

Atkins’ newest work is a debut collection of short stories. “Grace Street Alley and Other Stories” contains 27 interlinked stories, set largely in Richmond, that follow a character named Levy Bahm “as he navigates education, love, race, work, drink and violence, and strives to understand his place in a universe that is mostly uncaring yet still somehow beautiful,” according to publisher Makeout Creek Books.

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