Cover Photo: A view from the back of a pianist playing a piano on a stage in front of an audience
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Music, Night

One didn’t come all this way in the careful study of the instrument to play it safe.

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William Pei Shih's stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2020, VQR, McSweeney's, The Asian American Literary Review, The Des Moines Register, The Masters Review, Reed Magazine, Carve Magazine, Hyphen, among others. He's been awarded scholarships to the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sun Valley Writers' Conference, Kundiman, and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. He has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a recipient of the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at NYU