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UNTENABLE MYSTIC CHARM is a collection of eight short stories by travis I. tate.

Published in print on February 27, 2024 as a 62-page 8.5x5.5 paperback book, perfect-bound with a spine.




"Untenable Mystic Charm beams with scathing humor and poetic tenderness. travis l. tate's stylish debut grapples with city life, its absurdly demanding jobs, flared artistic egos, and missed connections, in a way that'll make you wonder why go out at all? Cancel your tonight plans, and read this instead." - Fernando A. Flores, author of Valleyesque and Tears of the Trufflepig


"Often traditionally narrative— “for the men who flew in and out of his life like carrier pigeons”— sometimes experimental like a fractured play or poem — “Hand to milk. Hand to cake. Hand to strawberries.” “the air in the room shifts, turns light pink” — the stories in travis tate’s debut fiction collection are erotic, searching, and as soon as you think you can predict what will happen next, they’re like “psych!” Such as when I thought all the characters were millennials but then it’s like, Nope now you’re in Bavaria in the 19th-century!" - Chessy Normile, author of Great Exodus, Great Wall, Great Party


About travis I. tate


travis tate is a Black & Queer playwright, poet and performer from Austin, Texas. Their poetry has appeared in Borderlands:Texas Poetry Review, Underblong, Mr. Ma’am, the Shade Journal and apt, Vassar Review, Southern Humanities Review, Sporklet, among others. Their debut collection of poetry, Maiden, was published by Vegetarian Alcoholic Press in June 2020. The world premiere of their play, Queen of The Night, was presented by Dorset Theatre Festival in August 2021. Recently, their work has been commissioned for the Breaking The Binary Theatre Festival and Theatre East’s 5x5 Festival in New York City. They’re currently working on a pilot, a few shorts, and taking a course in film editing. travis holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.F.A. in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas at Austin, where they studied playwriting and poetry.


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