Other literary forms
In addition to long fiction, Percival Everett has published short stories, poetry, and works he has characterized as “multimedia,” such as Re: f (gesture) (2006). In 1992, he published a children’s book, The One That Got Away. His most notable collections of short stories are Big Picture (1996) and Damned If I Do (2004). Everett also served as the fiction editor for the journal Callaloo (1994), and his work was featured in a special issue of that journal in 2005. His collection of poetry Abstraktion und Einfühlung was published in 2008.
Everett, a prolific and eclectic writer, challenges the conventions of genre in works such as A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, a collaborative work that plays with the conventions of the epistolary novel and the slave narrative. His novel Walk Me to the Distance was adapted as a film for television under the title Follow Your Heart (1990). In his work, Everett draws on a background in ordinary language philosophy from his academic studies as well as his passions for horse training, woodworking, and fly fishing. He has said that he would rather paint than write, and he has exhibited his abstract paintings.