Next to Nothing: Stories (2014)
"Keith Banner is one of those rare writers who can wow you with his writing—brilliant sentences, dead-on and electrifying descriptions—but also break your heart with his stories and characters. His stories can land like a punch in the gut—but you’ll find yourself wanting more and more. Keith Banner may just be the best writer you’ve never heard of." (Martin Wilson, Lambda Literary Review)
The Smallest People Alive (2004)
"If Banner keeps writing these stories, he will float up into the stratosphere presently reserved for the likes of Mary Gaitskill, Katherine Anne Porter, Denis Johnson, and Flannery O’Connor. He doesn’t lean on the quirky and clever as so much of contemporary writing does. These stories don’t burp out some subtle bittersweet truth in the end. They are bold and harrowing and, starting with the first sentence, they will make you ache." (Michael Fitzgerald, Other Voices)
I've published three books: The Life I Lead (1999), The Smallest People Alive (2004), and Next to Nothing (2014). I've also published short stories in Kenyon Review, Other Voices, Minnesota Review, and Third Coast, among many journals and magazines. I've had stories anthologized in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best Gay Short Stories, and The Best of Nerve.com. I also write about art here in town (Cincinnati) for the online journal Aeqai.