I've published four books: The Life I Lead (1999), The Smallest People Alive (2004), Next to Nothing (2014), and This Is True Love (2020). 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.
This Is True Love: Essays and Stories (2020)
Keith Banner's newest collection of stories and essays exposes how desire allows rural boys not to escape or ascend their lives but step beyond the need to buy into the dreams that middle class America has propagated. These are stories--some based on the realities of the author's life, some spun fiction--that offer what goes on in the hearts and minds of youths at once trapped by the demands of their Rust Belt neighborhoods and also freed by a welcome sense of being the outsider.
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)